Daily Bible Study
Jesus is talking about being the true shepherd in John 10:10: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." The thieves take life; the shepherd gives it. Abundant life includes salvation, nourishment, healing, and much more. Life here refers to eternal life, God's life. It speaks not only of endlessness, but of quality of life. With Christ, life on earth can reach much higher quality, and then in heaven it will be complete and perfect.
DAYS OF CONQUEST - "I see the loving, striving, not the defects. I see the conquest of your particular battle. I count it victory, a glad victory. I do not compare it with the strenuous campaigns of My great Saints. For you it is victory, and the angels rejoice, and your dear ones rejoice, as much as at any conquest noted, and rejoiced over by Heaven. My children, count the days of conquest as very blessed days."
Isaiah 33:22: "For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; He will save us." Note that the lawgiver is associated with other acts of mercy. The giving of the law was God's way to point out the correct path for the Israelites to follow. This was merely another expression of His mercy. It is God we must rely on - not man - God will save us.
DESERTERS - "You must believe utterly. My Love can bear nothing less. I am so often 'wounded in the house of My friends.' Do you think the spitting and scorn of My enemies, the mocking and reviling hurt me? No! 'They all forsook Him and fled.' 'I know not the man.' These left their scars. So now, it is not the unbelief of My enemies that hurts, but that My friends, who love and know Me, cannot walk all the way with Me, and doubt My Power to do all that I have said."
HILL OF SACRIFICE - "You must trust to the end. You must be ready to go on trusting to the last hour. You must know even when you cannot see ...You must be ready, like My servant Abraham, to climb the very Hill of Sacrifice, to go to the very last moment, before you see My Deliverance. This final test has to come to all who walk by Faith. You must rely on Me alone. Look to no other arm; look for no other help. Trust in the Spirit Forces of the Unseen, not in those you see. Trust and fear not." Trust in the Lord brothers and sisters, He will not let us down. We can't judge worldly events by what they appear to be. God ALWAYS has a plan, for each and every one of us, enjoy your weekend in that knowledge.