John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. NKJV
In my book entitled “Silent Assassins of the Soul”, I reference an example of a man in quick sand and how the more he struggles to free himself, the deeper into the quick sand he descends. The sinful heart that all humans beings are born with are like that man in quick sand and no amount of self-effort will improve it or make it desire more virtuous things. Sin is like a vice grip clamped down on the heart digging its way deep into every crevice. The effects of original sin on every human heart is like leaven inserted into a lump of dough as it permeates the whole dough and puffs it up many times its original size. The original dough becomes unrecognizable and so is the heart of everyone in the human family, none of us can know it. Bondage is the inheritance of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.
The average human being thinks of sin as no grave matter because everyone does things that are wrong. They look at the outward actions of themselves and others as a judge of gymnastics looks at and scores the performances of the competitors according to the degree of difficulty in their routines. The thought that there is a God that will judge a pedophile or murderer in the same manner as a so-called “good man” that may fudge on his income taxes is absurd. Yet all are declared guilty in God’s eyes. It is absolutely unthinkable of the idea that sin is enslaving (no matter what form it is expressed) and it requires deliverance by a deliverer is foreign to the natural man or woman.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Shepherd that locates His sheep and delivers them from sin and makes them fit for eternity with Him. When Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel he said to her, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” The man in the illustration of struggling to free himself from the quick sand needs someone from the outside to pull him out of the quick sand and lead him onto the safety of solid ground. The Lord Jesus Christ leads the sinner out of sins enslavement into the safety of His hands and His Fathers hands. When the true sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd Christ Jesus our Lord, we are enabled by His voice to walk after Him into newness of life free from the vice grip that sin once had upon our hearts.
1 John 5:18-20 We know that those who have been made God's children do not continue to sin. The Son of God keeps them safe. The evil one cannot hurt them. We know that we belong to God, but the evil one controls the whole world. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding. So now we can know the One who is True, and we live in that True God. We are in His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the True God, and He is Eternal Life. ERV
“And leadeth them out; from the world's goats, among whom they lay, and from the folds of sin, and the barren pastures of Mount Sinai, and their own righteousness, on which they were feeding, and out of themselves, and from off all dependence on anything of their own; and he leads unto himself, and the fullness of his grace, and to his blood and righteousness, and into his Father's presence and communion with him, and in the way of righteousness and truth, and into the green pastures of the word and ordinances, beside the still waters of his sovereign love and grace.” Dr. John Gill
“The Lord is my shepherd," is on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year; is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and, is in war; in abundance, and in penury.” Hudson Taylor
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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