Jesus is the good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep, who follow because they recognize and hear His voice. He desires to lead us but to do that; we need to remember and hear His voice.
His goal, in John 10:10, is to lead us not only into life but also into life more abundantly. Contrast that with the enemy, the thief, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
You can separate a lot of doctrines just by comparing it to that verse. If the result is that something steals, kills, and destroys, it’s not of Jesus.
I didn’t come up with this — these words come from Jesus Himself. When Jesus says something, we all need to believe and lay hold of it. That’s how we can trust that we are supposed to hear from Jesus and that His motivation in speaking to us is always for our success.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be bumps in the road of giants in our path. Those situations aren’t great, but they aren’t the end of our lives. We tend to get so caught up in the opinions of others and the emotions that come along with the situation that we forget that Jesus doesn’t always intend to leave us in that situation.
When we understand that Jesus loves us, delivers us, and cares for us, we can put our situations in perspective. Say, for example, you get a bill for $100, and you don’t have $100. The bill becomes a problem and worry. If you get a bill for $100, though, and you have $100,000 in the bank, the bill is less of a problem.
When we say Jesus is more than enough, He is truly more than enough. You might have a bunch of $100 problems, but you have a $100,000 solution in Jesus. He comes in like a flood and washes out the problem.
In fact, He didn’t just pay the price for our sins. Isaiah says He paid double what we owed.
The next time you find yourself in a terrible situation, stop. Remind yourself of what Jesus did for you and tell yourself, “I don’t have a problem that Jesus hasn’t already solved. There is nothing that can stop me.”
Hearing from God helps us keep that in mind. The more we understand and store Jesus’ words in our hearts, the more likely we are to remember those words when we’re facing a terrible situation.
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