6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[b] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:6-10
Jesus is the true gate and His sheep hear His voice and respond. There have been many throughout history who have claimed to represent God. There have been many who have gone forth and deceived many through the lies and deceptions of Satan.
Satan’s only desire is to kill, steal, and destroy. He desires to destroy as many lives as he can because he is driven by wickedness and darkness. When he rebelled against God and desired that he would be the one who would be worshiped, the Lord cast him out with a third of the demons who aligned with him in his rebellion.
People have been created in the image of God and this is why Satan desires to destroy humanity. But those who choose to follow Jesus Christ are protected by the Good Shepherd. It doesn’t mean we won’t face trials or difficult times upon this earth. But it means that everything we face the Lord will lead us through and He will use all things for our good and our future.
Knowing the voice of the Lord is key in this hour. It protects our hearts against the lies and deceptions of Satan that continue to fill the earth on a greater basis. The only way to come to know the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit is through spending time in God’s word and in prayer. As we fellowship daily with the Lord we will come to know His voice and He will transform our lives from the inside out.
Walking daily with Jesus is a journey of being transformed into His likeness and His image. As we are transformed the very nature of who Jesus is fills us from the inside out. May we draw near this day to the Good Shepherd and understand that He will always protect, provide, and watch over us.