The Gate: “Into the Word” Week 21

A couple of years ago, a friend invited me to go and see a play — she claimed it was a Broadway play on tour, but I had my doubts.  The name of the theater did not ring a bell, and it felt “ify” to me.  But, I enjoy a girls’ night out, and this opportunity for an evening in good company was too tempting to pass.  So, I forked down an extraordinary amount of cash for the ticket.

On the night of the performance, we dressed up, shared a meal, and then headed to the theater to enjoy “The Man of La Mancha.”  Needless to say, while the evening was enjoyable, it certainly was NOT a Broadway production.  My friend felt cheated,. and she learned a lesson about faulty advertising.

Recognizing the “real deal” is sometimes not easy — with so many voices clamoring for our attention, whom do we listen to?  How do we distinguish the voice of Truth in the middle of all the noise?  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I read in John 10 where Christ Himself offers some guidance:

…I am the Gate for the sheep.

All those others are up to no good—

sheep stealers, every one of them.

But the sheep didn’t listen to them.

I am the Gate.

Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—

will freely go in and out, and find pasture.

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy.

I came so they can have real and eternal life,

more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

My Father, the voice  of Truth, will always care for me, promote my freedom, and give me a safe place to grow and find nourishment.  This is the key to recognizing His voice — He is the Gate to all that is right and beneficial to me.  I am so thankful that He is the Shepherd of my soul.  I rest safely in His care.

Q4U:  How do you discern His voice?

Psst… I am giving away copies of books by Beth Moore and Francis Chan here.   Stop by before June 1st to enter.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, Life in Bloom, Good Morning Girls, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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16 responses

  1. Some of my favorite lines of scripture here. I always wait for confirmation when trying to discern–whether it be scripture, or through another’s words…God is always so good to affirm. Lovely thoughts.

  2. His sheep know Him, and follow His voice. We know that His voice will never lead us to anything that is against His general will for our lives as described in His Word.
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it by email, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also:
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett

  3. I think like sheep, the more we listen for His voice the easier it is to discern among the noise. He speaks to me through visions as I pray, through phrases and words that come to my mind during times of quiet, through scritpure, sometimes in dreams and often in regular everyday conversation.

  4. This is so comforting an dsuch an encouragement! You are so right. There is so much noise surrounding us that if we pay attention to all of it, we surely cannot hear Him. I’m so thankful for the guidance of His Word and your reminder here!

  5. Ooo. Timely. I just hosted some girls for a Girl Scout meeting. We worked on a badge about “savvy shopping.” They learned what Buyers’ Remorse means, and then made a list of tips to keep from buying something they might regret later. Same goes for our faith, for sure. Great analogy.

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