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Know that Christ Is Your Shepherd

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image that I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same type of protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

Cling to that image for a moment. Imagine that protection going before you and following you. As you do so, stand on these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.

B Moments, covering

The Grace of God is Covering You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Today, I am reminding myself that the grace of God is always covering me.

I had this thought the other day when I prayed about something and turned it over to God. However, ten minutes after I’d finished talking to God, I found myself walking through my house, still preoccupied with the situation I had supposedly turned over to God. It was as if I had not even prayed about it. I quickly realized that I had not actually turned it over to the Lord.

Yet, just a few days prior to my prayers, God had revealed himself to me. He went before me in a certain situation where I truly needed Him. Then, in another matter, He redirected my steps. Although I couldn’t connect all the dots in the moment, in hindsight it was clear that He had redirected my steps for a purpose.

Finally, in another instance, the moment I got quiet, God revealed to me the next step I needed to take in a difficult situation. So by this time, you would think that I would know for sure that the grace of God is always covering me, and that I would have gotten to the point of reminding others. Yet I still had doubts.

So today, join me. Together, let’s be conscious of our prayers and not worry about the same situations after turning them over to God. To do that, let us cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, know that the grace of God is covering you.

B Moments, protect

Your Shepherd Will Protect You from Harm

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

This week, I am reflecting on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. In the gospel of John, he teaches us that he is the light, the king, and the resurrection. But today, I am focusing on his role as the shepherd.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

As we hold that image in our minds, let us also hold onto these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.