“Which do you believe in more … your fear, or God?”
For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.
We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.
This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)”
Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:
“And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.”
We talked some about how David (long before Jesus’ time) used the idea of a shepherd to describe God and how protective He is over us, His sheep.
Today we’ll be looking at scripture where Jesus expands more on this metaphor, calling Himself the good shepherd.
“11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— “
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and answer:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
Fear is defined as, “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
Did you notice that … it said, “caused by the BELIEF.”
Fear is not factual, fear is a belief.
And my goodness gracious, if my belief in God was as strong as my belief in my fears … well, maybe I wouldn’t be fearful anymore …
And isn’t that what God calls us to?
Aren’t we instructed to “have no fear, for He is with us?”
We are, and we should be fearless as His sons and daughters … but y’all being honest, my belief that I’m not enough, or that catastrophe will strike, is so much stronger, so much more believable than my belief that He has me.
Because I listen to the hired hand.
The “hired hand,” in Jesus’ metaphor can be interpreted as ‘the world.’
I listen to the world, or our culture, that tells me that because “that other political party,” can’t seem to get their acts together, I should be fearful of disaster!
The hired hand tells me that I’m not enough, I should be able to do more, look better, have more and if not … then I have something to worry about!
The hired hand flees … the ways of this world are fleeting.
Running myself ragged trying to “keep up with the Jones’ ” falsely leads me to believe that I’m safe or worthy or good enough … if I just do things the way culture tells me to.
I’ll feel worthy when I lose the 10 lbs.
I’ll feel accomplished when I get the next job.
I’ll feel safe when I purchase the home security system I saw on tv.
But, you can gain the 10 lbs back, even if you lose them.
No matter how many new jobs you get, there will always be someone one step ahead.
And security systems don’t prevent catastrophe, they just let you know it’s happening ….
Friends, whether it’s a fear of flying, or a fear that you don’t measure up …
You’ve got to ask yourself … do you believe more in the fear, or in God?
Not only has He already proven Himself faithful by dying for your sake, but He also promises that He knows you, He’s with you, and if you look up you’ll KNOW (not just believe …) but KNOW that He has you!
It’s time to make your faith bigger than your fear!
To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …
We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.
Here we go:
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.
Pause the audio to list out your small blessings now.
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.” “I AM worth it.” “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”
OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.
**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.