Examine your prayer life and you’ll likely find that there are three things that you pray for most … and yet these three things God already wants to provide for you as your Good Shepherd.
In this Deeper Christian episode, Nathan Johnson gives an overview of John 10 and Jesus’ declaration that He is the “Good Shepherd” and what that means practically for you as Christ longs to provide and give you protection, provision, and direction.
God is the Good Shepherd (see John 10:11-15), and as a shepherd, He wants to give His sheep (ie: you) three important things—interestingly, the same things we typically pray for:
While there is far more that God longs to produce in us (holiness, fruits of the spirit, etc), these three essential aspects of life are available because, as sheep, we trust and depend upon the goodness of our Shepherd.
The question is, will we turn our gaze, hear and recognize the “voice of our shepherd,” and actually know (ginosko) Him? (see John 10:15)
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Show Notes / Additional Resources
- John 10:11-15 – I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
- John 10:3 – The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
- Psalm 23:1-3a – The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
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About NRJohnson & the Deeper Christian Podcast
NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
The Deeper Christian Podcast is the podcast to help you study God’s Word, know Jesus intimately, and discover how you can build your life around Jesus Christ. This weekly audio program, hosted by NRJohnson, dives into Scripture and encourages Christians to keep their focus upon Jesus Christ—equipping believers in how to study the Bible and know God’s Word, grow in their spiritual lives, and change the world. Main discussion topics center around practical advice on Christian living, Bible study, prayer, the Gospel, freedom from sin, evangelism and how to share your faith, the Christian disciplines, and the lives and messages from the Christian heroes from yesteryear such as A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, Major Ian Thomas, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.T. Studd, George Müller, Andrew Murray, Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, and others. Learn more about the deeper Christian life.