God's Sheep

I don’t know about you guys, but I've found the enemy has been particularly annoying during lockdown. Maybe it's the extra thinking time we have, or being alone more often, or the fact that you can’t listen to the radio, watch a show, or go on social media without being bombarded by fearful virus talk. I don’t know, but it sure seems like he is ramping up his efforts to bring fear, anxiety and hopelessness to a lot of people.

As Christians, we all know that God has a great plan for our lives. A plan to give us abundant life here on earth, but we must also remember that someone else has a plan for our lives too...Satan.

In this week's message Pastor Bryon reminded us that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It says in 1 Peter 5 that we are to be vigilant and aware, that the devil is roaming around looking for someone to devour. This is not something to take lightly. He’s not out to just make you spill your coffee or make you late to the Costco pandemic food line. He is out to steal your joy and peace and destroy your life. This is not something to be fearful of-- we have victory through Christ-- but it's something that we as Christians need to be aware of.

Pastor Bryon went on to say that we must be aware of the enemy’s tricks and schemes and be able to identify them. As a young Christian this was very difficult for me, and still is at times. I will feel steady and sturdy in my faith, and then the enemy will plant one thought and it will send me down a trail until I am diagnosing myself with some random illness. I am still a work in progress...aren't we all? But one way I have learned to combat the enemy’s lies and shut his voice down is to know my shepherd’s voice.

In John 10:27 Jesus tells us, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Watch this cool video (click here).  In it, you will see three different people try to call sheep in from a pasture. Each time the sheep completely ignore them. The fourth and final call comes from the farmer. The moment he speaks they perk their ears up. When he makes the call, they all come running.

Guys, we must know the voice of our shepherd. If we know his voice, it becomes easier to silence and ignore other voices that try to intrude and lead us to unsafe places.

We worship a God who speaks. He spoke all of creation into existence. He is not a silent God.  If we belong to Him and we are His sheep, He will speak to us. He can speak through dreams, the Holy Spirit, situations, other people, many different ways...but to know His voice truly...we must be in the Word. Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Bible is alive and active, and we begin to see the true nature of who God is through it. The more we know the word of God,  the more time we spend reading and studying who God is, the more He reveals himself to us, and the easier it is to recognize His voice and silence the enemy’s.

by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God's Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.