WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.
lived on an Aussie sheep farm once.
It was interesting to see those sheep being sheep.
They didn't have many brains up in their heads.
They were cute though, especially the lambs.
I would sometimes go out in the paddocks and watch the dogs rounding up the sheep.
It was surprisingly easy for the dogs to do that.
Because the sheep were great followers.
would stand all confused when the dogs came rushing at them.
Then if one or two of the sheep began to let the dogs round them up,
the others soon followed.
It only took a few to run, and away the other silly sheep would go!
If some of the sheep began to jump madly in the air, then the others would too.
To get them to go through a gate, it only took the leader sheep to go in,
and most just followed on. They have got no brains up top.
of them might stand and stamp their feet at the dogs!
But it wasn't long before they would do what everyone else was doing.
No wonder people say, "he is as easily led as a silly sheep!"
Have you heard people say that?
They mean that that person doesn't think for themselves,
they just follow the crowd - just like sheep do.
are lots of kids and older young people who want to lead others into trouble!
They might pick at kids who won't do what the crowd is doing.
"Oh, mummy's boy won't pinch things from the supermarket!You can be like a silly sheep and do what the crowd does,
Chicken! Chook, Chook!"
"Poor thing, the little girl is scared!
She won't try a cigarette! Goodie goodie!!"
wants us to follow Him, not the wicked world out there.
It takes more courage to stand for Jesus and His goodness than follow the crowd.
He says we are His little flock.
He owns us as His precious, dear ones.
He paid the price for us, the price was His shed Blood on the Cross.
calleth his own sheep by name,
and leadeth them out....he goeth before them,
and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice.
A stranger will they not follow,
but will flee from him:
for they know not the voice of strangers." (John 10:3-5).
does not round his sheep up.
He goes before them, and they follow him.
He is the kind and gentle shepherd.
He does not act like the dogs do, who give the sheep a nip on the legs if they don't run. Jesus goes ahead of us and calls us to go His way.
And He gets ready peaceful places for us to be in.
He gives us rest and safety.
Read Psalm 23 :1,2::
EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS
pull of the crowd can be pretty devastating!
The crowd can make you do things you would never do by choice.
Just because you haven't got the courage to stand alone.
Jesus Christ is there for you in that situation.
He gives strength, courage, a decent backbone and determination to follow HIM -
not the silly sheep!
Christians are the wise flock of the Lord!
We can't be strong in that way without Him.
Just turn to Jesus when you are pressured by others, and ask Him to make you strong to obey God.
Lives can be ruined by following others down the paths Satan has devised.
Jesus Christ says:
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