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Secure in His Love 9.23.20
Secure in His Love 9.23.20

Bruce Goettsche • September 23, 2020

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. -John 10:27–30.


Jesus describes a true believer: someone who hears, believes, and then follows, our Lord Jesus. Their life gives evidence of a true conversion experience.


These people (those who have embraced and now follow, Christ) have received eternal life immediately. We are guaranteed Heaven because it is given to us as a gift. This gift humbles us, encourages us, and motivates us to deeper service to the King.


The Bible tells us to "examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith." Do you see the heart of Jesus growing in you? If you don't, ask God to open the eyes of your heart so you can see and embrace and follow Him. If you see that you are being made new by our Lord Jesus . . . know this: Once you are in the family He will never let anyone or anything take you from His hand. Thanks be to God.

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Smart Sheep 9.22.20
Smart Sheep 9.22.20

Bruce Goettsche • September 22, 2020

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

(John 10:11).


The picture of the Lord as a Shepherd is a familiar one. It is so familiar at times that forget that He is the Shepherd and not us. He leads, we follow.


Even as followers of Christ we sometimes find ourselves "advising" God. He leads . . . we follow. He is the Shepherd, we are the sheep. He is God, we are not.


We will have a much better life if we keep this perspective. Our task today: listen obey, follow. And in those times when you resist the clear teaching of HIs Word remember what He has done for us and then repent before Hm.

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Godly Training 9.21.20
Godly Training 9.21.20

Bruce Goettsche • September 21, 2020

train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7–9).


It is likely you work out, are on a diet, or you believe you should be doing one or both of those things. Paul raises a question with His words: Are you training yourself in godliness? Are you disciplining yourself in spiritual matters?


What does that look like? It involves prayer and Bible study. It is about monitoring what we put into our minds and heart. It also includes pursuing contentment, love, sacrifice, forgiveness, and encouraging the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).


Paul argues godliness is more valuable than other forms of discipline because of its eternal nature. So, make a plan. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Give God every opportunity to develop the new person inside of you.


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