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Why is it so hard for Christians to live a discipline life with out failure?
Posted by: Jeneefia

Isn't it interesting that our great heroes of the bible had failures too?  I think God must have wanted us to know their failures as well as their successes so that we to can know we can be victorious.  We can be like David and be a person after God's own heart even though he failed miserably at times.

The Good Shepherd will feed his lambs and his sheep.

Isaiah 40:11 - He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

The Lord is a good shepherd and a good shepherd takes care of his flock. This Good Shepherd is extra caring for He says He will carry his little ones in his bosom and those who are mature in spirit, bringing others to the Lord; those He will lead gently.

The Lord ultimately wants all his lambs to become sheep, because He is come for his sheep [Matthew 25:31-33]. But when they are just new, He promises extra affection and care. Jesus Himself was called the Lamb of God and we are called his lambs and sheep.

Only when we imitate the characteristics of a lamb, we qualify for the promise. A lamb is a very timid animal which surrenders to its master. Like it is covered in wool, so also we should we cover ourselves by God's grace which can be received by having faith in Jesus.

The Lord is here looking for his lambs and sheep, if you are one of them call out unto Him. He will not leave even a single one behind and do all that is necessary to gather them together.

[Reference Scriptures]
Matthew 25:31-33
31   When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

John 10:1-5,9-16
1   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

There is Value in the Valley

As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you. ~ Charles Stanley

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (Or through the darkest valley) I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:3-5 (New International Version)

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of reading a wonderful book by Iyanla Vanzant, titled, “There is Value in the Valley.”  It was a very motivational book about how going through a valley has its benefits.  Now the dictionary defines a valley as; A broad area of low-lying land situated between hills or mountains and usually having a river or stream flowing along its bottom.

Many Christians will talk about a valley experience.  A valley experience can mean that you are at a low point in your life. A valley experience could be the loss of a job, loss of loved one, financial difficulties, Strife in your relationships, or a wayward spouse or child. A valley experience can even be a life threatening illness.  Each and everyone one of us will at some point in our lives, go through a valley experience.

However, as Ms. Vanzant so eloquently reminds us, there is value in the valley.  What this means is that sometimes, being in a valley can actually benefit us.  Going through a valley is just a journey from one point to another.  While we may not actually enjoy the journey, there are many things that can be learned along the way.

For example, if we take the time and look around our valley, we often see things in our lives more clearly.  Maybe that relationship we fought so hard to keep wasn’t really the type of relationship God wanted us to be in.  Maybe the job that we lost actually prevented us from spending time with our loved ones and actually stressed us out to the point that we couldn’t really enjoy the prosperity that it brought.  And as strange as it may sound, sometimes we create our own financial difficulties by not trusting God with our finances and seeking possessions that don’t necessarily bring us happiness.

Whatever valley you may be in right now, take the time and learn from it.  It may be a lesson in humility and obedience.  When you are at a low point in your life, always remember to look up.

Learn to appreciate all of your blessings in the valley.

Be Blessed

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