I can know His voice.
1 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
John 10:1-6 NRSV
2. I can trust His specific plan.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
John 10:7-9 NRSV
3. I can count on His provision.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 NRSV
4. I can rest in His life-giving love.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:11-15 NRSV
AS my Good Shepherd- Jesus speaks, Jesus saves, Jesus provides and Jesus loves me!
Responding to our Good Shepherd.
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:32-34 NLT
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?” Matthew 8:27a NIV
They were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority. Luke 4:32 NASB
The prophetic words of Jesus
Reminds me of who I am.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. John 15:16a NIV
Informs me of where I am.
Calls me back to where I belong.
Shows me the hope of the way forward.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:13-20 NIV
How do I respond to the prophetic voice of Jesus
Confess and repent where I’ve chosen the wrong path.
Commit to allow God’s word to guide my future choices.
Choose to pursue a life of holy love.
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3 NIV
What Child Is This?
1.Jesus, The Good Shepard
2.Jesus, As Prophet