Listen and Follow As We Are Known

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. – (John 10:27)

 

When we listen to the Lord, we come to know and understand that we are known by Him. There is nothing quite so powerful to propel us to follow our Heavenly Father, as His love for us, individually. Just as a child will follow their parent and listen for their leading when they feel safe and loved, so too, can we trust and obey what our loving Lord asks of us. He leads us to places that we never thought that we would go, for purposes we never dreamed we might serve. However, that being said, all things are ultimately used for His glory, and He uses everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. It is well worth it to listen and follow the Lord, for we are known and loved, and will be lead into the place that He has prepared for us forever. May we listen well for His voice, and follow Him wherever He may lead; for each one of us is fully known by God.

 

We are the sheep,Masterd by Our Maker No Longer Slaves to Sin

that the Lord has named;

we’ll hear His voice,

as truth is proclaimed.

For we are known,

by the Lord on high;

Who loves and leads,

and hears our heart’s cry.

We must follow,

where He calls us to;

He has purpose,

for all we go through.

He’ll take the bad,

and use it for good;

to help others,

His grace understood.

May we each know,

as we are well known;

how much we’re loved,

through all Christ has shown.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can listen for Your voice and hear what You have to say to each of us. Thank You that You speak to us through Your word, through prayer, through worship, through people, through pictures, with Your still small voice within; thank You that You are not limited in how You can speak if we are only willing to listen. Thank You that You know us each intimately, as You alone knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. Thank You that You grant us the capacity to follow You, when we give You our hearts and our lives. Forgive us for straying from the path on which You have placed us, or for fearing forward momentum in the direction that we have been called. Teach us to trust You completely, as we are so completely known and protected by You. Lead us to love others in such a way, that they too may come to know Your voice and the light that comes from a life invested in You. Be glorified O God, as we listen to You and follow what You ask, because we are fully known. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. – John 11:41

Sure

“Confident, confident, dry and secure, raise your hand, raise your hand if you’re Sure!”

Why on earth was an eighties jingle going through my head at 4:00 am as I was preparing my coffee? At first, I thought little of it, but then I began to mull it over in my mind. Hmm… God shows me scriptures, gives me pictures, whispers words, sings songs – I guess He can use old advertisements to remind me of His truth as well.

As I sat down to read, Paul’s words leapt off the page in Galatians 2:20-21. These words so clearly resonate as our reason to be confident in Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

My confidence and security, the reason I may raise my hands, for I am sure, is through faith in Christ. This faith grows greater as I am able to receive His glorious gift of grace. He lives in me, and I no longer live to self. In Him, I long to live and love like He loves me.

image from Crista Camps

image from Crista Camps


Great confidence,

the truth secured;

granted in Christ,

our hope assured.

By His great grace,

our faith may grow;

rooted in Him,

the way He’ll show.

Unite as one,

body, believe;

all that we have,

from Him, received.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source of hope and assurance. Thank You that we can always trust in You. Thank You that as we place our trust in You, our faith grows. Thank You that all that we have, is a gift given through Your amazing grace. Forgive us for thinking that we have to do or be enough, and help our confidence and assurance be complete in knowing that Your bore the cross on our behalf so that we can be with You forever! Lead us to live and love in such a way, that many are moved to receive all that You are offering. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.