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Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 27, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020 THE WAYS OF SHEEP

Most don’t know a lot about sheep simply because we aren’t around them much. However, we can learn what to do and what not to do in life from the ways of sheep. First of all, sheep have flocking instincts and feel safer when they are with one another than when they are left alone. Second, they know to stay together and understand the importance of family bonds. Third, sheep will follow a leader and will all go along with whoever is leading them. Finally, sheep run. When they hear a noise, their first instinct is to flee and that is what gets them alone or quickly lost and puts them into possible danger.

So what can we learn? We should be like the sheep knowing there is safety in numbers and remembering the importance of good bonds of friendships and family. However, we shouldn’t be like the sheep by following whoever is leading us. God gave us brains and we should discern who to follow. In the same token, we need to know what to flee from. So many things could easily scare us away and lead us down the wrong path. We need to know our core values and stand strong in them so we aren’t easily led astray or scared off.

God tells us Jesus is our Shepherd. We are His sheep. He knows His sheep and cares for them. He has given up everything for His sheep to live a right life for Him and to have a right relationship with God. When we draw close to Jesus, we will learn His voice and want to follow Him so we stay together with others believers, have strong bonds with Him and others, not stray away from Him, and not follow the popular leaders in this world. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and wants to help and protect us.

SCRIPTURE:
John 10:14-16 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you principles from this you can apply to your life.
2. List ways you can build relationships, follow Jesus more and not be afraid.
3. Know God wants you to be comforted by Him and His word.
4. Remember your Good Shepherd, Jesus, wants to help and protect you.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, thank You for Your love and protection. We know You have our best interest at heart and we are to follow only You. Help us to learn these principles, stay away of wrongdoing and live to only do Your will. Thank You for caring and watching over us in yesterday, today and for the rest of our lives. We know it is always best to follow You. Thank You for Your sacrifice for us so that we may live. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
God wants us to know He is ready to hold us close to His heart and be with us through the good times and the bad.

Isaiah 40:11 “He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” (NLT)

God knew us before we were even born and chose us to follow Him so we could be like Jesus.

Romans 8:29a “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son” (NLT)

If we want to truly be children of God, we need to learn to share His word so we can bring more people to come to know, trust and follow Him.

FOCUS:
John 21:17b “Jesus said, ‘Then feed my sheep.’” (NLT)
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