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Feeling Insecure      John 10:1-5, 7-10, 14-18, 25-30      Nov. 17, 2013



       How does one get security related to salvation? It is a gift from the Lord. If you think it is entirely up to you then you will not make it. Salvation is a matter of grace from beginning to the end. If someone ask you how you know your are going to heaven to heaven you can give a one word answer. Jesus!


1.   Feeling Insecure? Jesus . . Guides Us. John 10:1-5

       A.   He Guides Us Into Security As He . . Calls Us Into His Fold. 10:1-3

       1 "I assure you: Anyone who doesn't enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a

       thief and a robber.

       2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

       3 The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads

       them out.


       B.   He Guides Us Into Security As His Voice . . Clarifies Security to Us. 10:4-5

4 When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they

       recognize his voice.

       5 They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they

       don't recognize the voice of strangers."


       Jesus calls us through the ministry of conviction given from the Holy Spirit. As a person yields to that call

he is saved and welcomed into the sheep fold. We know the Lord, and He knows us He calls us by name. As we grow in our relationship with the Lord He clarifies the link we have with Him. In this association we have becomes stronger gets more bold, therefore it is easier to be a witness. Many times someone will declare a false truth and it does not receive clarification in our relationship with the Lord. We can be secure because of Jesus and The Spirit of God.


2.   Feeling Insecure? Jesus . . Gives Us Life. John 10:7-10

       A.   He Gives Us Secure Life Since He Is the Door Into A . . Calm Security. 10:7-8

7 The Good Shepherd So Jesus said again, "I assure you: I am the door of the sheep.

       8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.


       B.   He Gives Us Secure Life Since He . . Came To Give Us Abundant Life. 10:9-10

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.

       10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have

       it in abundance.

       Have you ever entered a home or maybe a church and felt the peace and security of God? There is a calmness only the Lord can provide. Because you can ask Him for salvation and know He receives you

it does matter who else might reject you as you have a calm security from Him. It was not much of a decision

for me to come to Jesus for salvation. I really did not consider any other options. I think that is true because of my mother and the churches she took me to as a youth. After my salvation experience It was suggested I learn certain verses of scripture. One of them was John 10:10 so I very early gained the assurance of salvation.


3.   Feeling Insecure? Jesus Gives Us A . . Guarantee. John 10:14-18

       A.   He Gives Us A Secure Guarantee As He . . Lays Down His Life for Us. 10:14-16

14 "I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me,

       15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.

       16 But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice.

       Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.


       B.   He Gives Us A Secure Guarantee As He . . Loves Us An Honors His Father. 10:17-18

       17 This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again.

       18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the

       right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father."

       How secure is the salvation we have in Christ? He believes so much in us He laid down His life for us.

What makes us believe we are secure? Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know! How can we believe Jesus would lay down His live for us? His Love. His love for us honors the Father as this plan was decided before time began. It could only be a decision made in heaven. Through the wisdom of the Trinity.


4.   Feeling Insecure? Jesus Gives Us A . . Choice. John 10:25-30

       A.   He Gives Us Security In Our Choice and We . . Hear His Voice. 10:25-27

25 "I did tell you and you don't believe," Jesus answered them. "The works that I do in My Father's name

       testify about Me.

       26 But you don't believe because you are not My sheep.

       27 My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.


       B.   He Gives Us Security In Our Choice and We are . . Held In His Hand. 10:28-30

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish — ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.

       29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the

       Father's hand.

       30 The Father and I are one."

       Our choices are very important but none more important that the one that affects eternity. I believe God gives us a choice. He plans for His Holy Spirit to draw us to Him. Jesus said His sheep hear His voice. That must be true to begin your Christian life but also very important to walk through this world and follow and serve Him. There are time when you will feel His hand as you obey His desires in your service for Him. So as we walk with Him and obey Him there is not much reason to be Feeling Insecure.

Amen? Amen!