TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.—Philippians 4:13
Sheep are timid, fearful creatures. Because of their very makeup, it’s almost impossible for them to lie down unless they are free from all fear. An entire flock can go stampeding off into nowhere because a rabbit jumped out of a bush.
Yet how like sheep we are! We can be afraid of so many things: afraid of losing our health . . . afraid of losing our wealth . . . afraid of losing our loved ones. In fact, sometimes it seems we can be afraid of life itself.
Certainly there are a lot of frightening things out there in the world today. Violent crime is at epidemic levels. We wonder, Will I get on a plane and have it blown up by terrorists? Will I keep my job? Will I be robbed walking down the street? Will I contract a terminal disease?
Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, will protect you and stands as your representative before the throne of God. Jesus Christ, who paid the price for your salvation, stands as your righteousness, giving you access into the presence of God. As the Scripture says, Jesus is the One “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” (Ephesians 3:12).
As believers, we can have boldness and authority, not because of who we are, but because of whose we are. Jesus is our strength. He is the one who gives us boldness. That’s one more reason why we never want to stray from His side! Instead, we want to stay as close to Him as possible.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013<
Radio Program: “Do You Love Me? — I”
TV Program: “What Jesus Taught About Prayer, Part 1”
Bible Reading: Psalm 124, 2 Corinthians 11-13
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.