“Jesus is telling us that He protects His sheep. If something comes in, it comes through Him first.” Today Stacy is joined by Moms in Prayer USA Country Coordinator, Susan Shepherd as we continue our Empowered series focusing on the I AM statements of Jesus. Listen in as Susan shares how we are empowered as moms through knowing Jesus is the gate for the sheep. What a comfort it is to know Jesus is not only providing for and protecting us, but our children as well.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10: 1-10 (NLT)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Eph 1:3 (NIV)
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open. Revelation 3:7 (NLT)
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About our Guest:
Susan Shepherd joyfully serves as the USA Country Coordinator for Moms in Prayer International. When she began praying 22 years ago as a group member, she never imagined that she would follow the Lord into leadership as a Group Leader, Area Coordinator, Alabama State Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic & New England Division Coordinator, and finally into her current role. Susan is married to Joe, mom to two married daughters, and the grandmother of three. Susan loves to pray, but she also loves coffee with friends, traveling, a good book, and a nap.