A Foolproof Design – Where’s Norm?

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Lead Pastor Ben Snyder closed out the weekend message by sharing the theme verses for the series, John 10:27-29.

John 10:27-29      
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.

Have you ever heard someone say, “You’re all sheep,” with a disrespectful tone? They’re probably mocking you because they can’t convince you to follow their way of thinking. The truth is, like sheep, we are simple, stubborn, independent, and without proper guidance, tend to run toward what everyone else is doing. Culture convinces us that “the way of the world” should guide our lives.

What kind of sheep are you? Do you blindly follow celebrities, athletes, all types of media, and politicians? Or, as Jesus teaches, are you his true sheep who only follows his voice?

God gave us Jesus, our Savior, whose life is the perfect blueprint to follow. We sometimes lose our way, but as Christians, we have to trust our one true guide. Jesus protects us and knows us. His design is foolproof. Those other designs are counterfeit.

John 10:11-15        
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

What or who guides your daily focus? Are you only following God for the blessings you receive in your physical life? Or do you seek his voice when things get tough as well?

Next Steps:
Keep your focus on God’s truth and promises by studying your Bible. Don’t allow the new norm to isolate you from faithfully learning and growing in your dependence on Christ. Join a CedarCreek Group this coming semester to stay connected. Read the daily LivingItOut and reach out to the spiritual friends and leaders that God has placed in your life.

21 Days of Prayer:  The Economy and Businesses (Day 5):         
Heavenly Father, thank you for each business that makes up the economy of our community and region. You know the details of each one, and we pray they are firmly established in you. May their work be a reflection of your generous heart. We ask you to show them great favor. Give each business leader your wisdom through the challenges and opportunities placed before them, and may whatever they put their hand to have a legacy of eternal impact for your glory and the good of our community. Amen.

21 Days of Prayer:  Our Schools (Day 6):
Dear God, you said to “let the children come to you,” showing that you have a big heart for children. I pray for safety for the children, teachers, staff, and administrators as they embark upon a new school year. I pray for the district leaders as they make crucial decisions in this uncertain time, that you would grant them great wisdom. May your followers be salt and light in their schools, shining the hope that we have in you. Amen.

21 Days of Prayer:  Our Churches (Day 7):        
Dear God, today we pray for our churches. Guide us to be places of hope and healing to our communities. Help us meet the physical and spiritual needs in our cities. Use us to introduce people to Jesus and the amazing life of purpose he has for them. You alone are worthy of our honor and worship. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I should check my thought and action against God’s word. I think the more I deepen my understanding of God, the easier this becomes. I have a tendency to jump on the bandwagon.

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