John 10: 22-30
The feast of the Dedication was then taking
place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked
about in the temple area on the Portico of
Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to
him, "How long are you going to keep us
in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us
plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do
not believe. The works I do in my Father´s
name testify to me. But you do not believe,
because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear
my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater
than all, and no one can take them out
of the Father´s hand. The Father and I are
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, I believe you are
who you say you are. Thank you for granting me
this gift of faith. You came so that we,
the lost sheep, may be found. Thank you. You
brought us knowledge of who we are and what we
Petition:Lord, help me to hear
your voice when you are calling in the night.
Kept in Suspense: Suspense is a state or a character
of being undecided or doubtful. How many times have
we been in suspense, waiting for Christ to do
amazing things in our lives, doubting that he could
save such lowly sinners like ourselves? Are we undecided in
believing in Christ? He has already told us and
shown us through his works who and what he
is. We are to be his sheep and await him;
sheep know their shepherd’s voice, and they follow their
shepherd. Then we can await eternal life. Suspense also
means “to have a pleasant excitement as to a decision
or an outcome.” What is the outcome of life?
It is true salvation, and it is eternity with the
heavenly Father. Today, as in every day, we should
have a “pleasant excitement” in waiting for our outcome.
As we go to bed at night we should look
at Christ and say, “Another day closer to heaven.”
Spiritually Blind: Christ is always standing right beside us.
What in our lives is blinding us from seeing
him? In human terms, seeing comes through the senses. However,
we need a spiritual connection with our Lord in
order to see him: The spirit replaces human sight.
Once that connection is made, we see God everywhere: in
people, in charitable actions, in the beauty of nature.
Then, we see him in ourselves. When we see
Christ in us, we begin to have peace and assurance
that we may yield abundantly.
3. Yield Harvest: Christ’s
peace flows in us when we are open and
begin to see the path to salvation. Think about
how the water of spring rain brings forth life that
yields a good harvest. We believe in living water.
This living water provides us peace and harmony in
Christ. It fills us and brings forth in us work
accomplished in peace. Believing and abiding in Christ yield
great successes, rich harvests. Let us be watered by
trust and bear much fruit in the name of Christ.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
you have called me many times. Many times I have
turned a deaf ear to you, not believing that
you could carry my burdens. Help me today, Lord, to
believe in you; help me to testify to you,
Lord; help me to be amongst your sheep that I
may follow you. When I think it is too
hard, help me to seek you in prayer and
see what you have told me to believe, so that
I may have eternal life in you and through
Resolution: Today I will speak
to at least one person about God’s infinite love and