PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Nov
27

Secured in my Shepherd.

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ Matthew 26:31
Observation
Matthew’s account of the Passover with Jesus and his disciples always probes my heart to think more deeply about all their emotions, body languages - the reality of this conversation in this scene. It just seems to me to be a disturbing night. The inauguration of Jesus’ death, the announcement of His betrayer, the prophetic word of His closest friends disbanding and scattering because of fear. What a leadership dinner this was!!!

The best of His leaders, the closest of His friends, His chosen disciples... would fall away. But not from their faith. The disciples faith would be challenged and later altered for Kingdom effectiveness. It would take our Shepherd being struck down!
Application
I want to live, feel, think differently today - because my Shepherd was struck down! I’m so thankful to be living on the ”Resurrection“ side of life - He was struck down, only to be raised from the grave - to fulfill His Father’s heart - to call His creation back to relationship. I’m a chosen disciple, called by God, through Jesus, to be His very own son!!! Thank You Jesus... I mean THANK YOU JESUS!!

I would also like to choose differently in thought, in my inner man - to never scatter from Him. I see myself being weak, letting God down because I fail to share the testimony of Jesus with others (when I’m prompted by His Spirit). There’s an uncomfortableness in sharing my faith in some circumstances that I desire to overcome. Having ”scattered“ in my own way, I want to learn to be bold and courageous in sharing the testimony of Jesus!
Prayer
Dear Jesus,
I don’t ever want to stray from my faith in You. Please keep me close to You - help me - secure me in Your love. I know You have and continue to pour out Your Spirit in my life. You are so faithful and strong. Thank you for forgiving me - when I do stray in disobedience to Your voice. Thank you for always making me feel loved and secured, assured that nothing can separate me from Your love and presence.


Devotions for November 27

Psalms 125
Matthew 26,27

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