Lord, Let Me Never Waver From Your Word

God’s word that is spoken and revealed in my heart, is the walk and foundation that I live on ~ and the Bible is my road map that teaches me, and ensures that the word that I am hearing is truly the word from the Good Shepherd. Jesus said, “To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”
This Scripture has become so important in my life, especially in the last few months. Let me put it into perspective. Firstly, even though I am a pastor and I am responsible for many people spiritually, and also a father responsible for my family and their daily needs ~ I am a sheep. I am completely dependent upon the voice of the Good Shepherd, and my success in life is dependent upon my ability to hear the voice of Christ.
It is taken me a good part of the last 50 years to learn how ignorant I truly am about everything. That means that I am dependent upon the Lord for everything ~ every decision and every turn of the road. For example, this week I faced a major business decision that involves a lot of people ~ and everyone involved in the decision said, “Yes, go ahead.”
Then the Good Shepherd gave me a dream and it was a clear simple warning ~ “Don’t do it!” Then today my wife Sandy had a confirming dream that said, “Don’t do it!” I counseled with the prophets of God who have been counseling me, and they agreed this was a clear message from God. Though everything looked good and appeared positive ~ the Lord was saying, “Don’t do it!”
Those who are close to me know how important the business decision was, and what a great blessing it could be for all of us. But I also know that the Lord is the Good Shepherd and I am still His sheep. The sheep, by natural characteristic, cannot tell where he is at all. If you spin a sheep three times in a circle, he’s lost. This is a good description of how I have been. I do not trust my own flesh, my own schooling, or instructions from the wisdom of man that I have been given over my life.  Instead, I trust the voice, the daily voice, of the Good Shepherd.
Let me tell you, I am also smart enough to understand the flipside of this picture. Those who look at the decisions I have been making currently, could say, “He is foolish”, even, “He has lost his mind!” But when the Good Shepherd leads us to the still waters where we can all drink from, suddenly those same people will say, “He was a genius! Look at how smart he was!” ~ and they will try to give the praise to my flesh, as if I had calculated it all along. But nothing could be further from the truth. I was just a sheep listening to the Good Shepherd’s voice. No flesh can ever glory in His presence. And I would also advise you to listen to Him the same way.

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By Gazowsky

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