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Keeping Watch

                                              Keeping Watch                                                   

The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns 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 (John 10:12).

Scripture: John 10:11–16
Song: “Jesus Loves Me”

Several years ago, I met a family who owned a small flock of sheep in the Midwest. Their flock numbered about 400. Although they were modern-day shepherds, with fenced pastures and trained sheep dogs, they still assigned family members to watch the flock during the nights.

One weekend, the family hired two men to take care of the flock while they were away on business. Instead of tending to their duties, these hirelings decided to throw a party. After a bout of drinking, they passed out and fell sound asleep.

Around midnight, three barking dogs entered the pasture. The sheep were terrified as they ran for their lives. These were not wild dogs; yet, by the time they finished, half the sheep lay dead. Some were killed in the fences trying to escape. Others died from exhaustion and fear. In the morning, the men awoke, saw the carnage, and fled the county.

Thank goodness, Jesus is not a hireling! He is the true shepherd who keeps watch over His flock. He never sleeps nor will He abandon us. We can always feel secure in Him.

Lord, I’m so glad to be in Your flock. When You came to me as Savior, You also became my faithful shepherd. How blessed I am! In You, I have salvation, protection, and a loving friend. Through Your precious name I pray. Amen.

“Keeping Watch” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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The Difference of His Presence — Cory Lebovitz

An uplifting post by Cory Lebovitz—worth reading—and he’s right. It’s not about our skills, efforts, relationships, or previous experience. The difference maker is the reality of God’s presence among us.

One person can make all the difference. For instance, a quiet night alone at home can be a boring couple of hours trying to find something to do. However if my wife is there suddenly it is a calm and peaceful night with a person I love. Her presence makes the difference. A solo walk […]

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Action Needed! — Devotions for Teachers…

What are you doing in your classroom to mirror Jesus? From Google: mir·ror ˈmirər/ noun noun: mirror; plural noun: mirrors 1. a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image. synonyms: reflecting surface; More something regarded as accurately representing something else. “the stage is supposed to […]

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His Great Promises

His Great PromisesJacob's ladder

Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43

There [Jacob] built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother (Genesis 35:7).

Jacob stumbled upon Bethel one night while fleeing from his brother Esau. Using a stone as a pillow, Jacob lay down and dreamt of angels traveling a heavenly staircase. He would always remember the great promises God have him at this place—numerous descendants, land, and God’s presence (Genesis 28).

Years later, when he prepared to face Esau once again, Jacob reminded God of His promises (Genesis 32:12). How could Jacob have descendants like “sand of the sea” if Esau, in anger, wiped them all out? God graciously answered Jacob’s prayer for protection. Later, Jacob returned to Bethel and renewed his commitment to the God who makes—and keeps—such great promises.

When challenged with a problem, whether physical, spiritual, or financial, God’s people can do no better than to plead His great promises.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to believe Your promises and receive Your blessings in my life.

Quicklook: Genesis 35:1–8

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.

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More Please

 God's Abundance         

                         “More Please”

Read 1 Chronicles 3:1 through 4:23; John 1:19–39

Many Christians wonder if God has more for them. It is not that these believers are greedy or ungrateful. Most do not want additional blessings for the wrong reason. They understand biblical promises, but wonder why many of them remain unrealized in their lives.

Some people feel better after prayer for healing, but desire to be totally free from any remaining pain. Pastors envision larger churches with greater impact in their communities, and families dream of moving from apartments to modest homes. Believers realize that God has already blessed them, yet they desire more.

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request (1 Chronicles 4:10).

We should never hesitate to ask God in prayer for His blessing. God has an endless supply to give and He loves to grant the requests of those who honor and trust Him. He knows we need His blessing. God listened to Jabez, blessed him, then granted his request for more. He can do the same for us.

Thought for Today: God loves blessing His children. Just ask Him.

—Charles Earl Harrel                 

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