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No Success For Sheep Stealers

John 10:27-29
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no-one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. (NIV)

The shepherd's job is to lead the sheep to good pasture and to protect them. Jesus is the Shepherd and He guides everyone who listens to His words and obeys them. He leads them to live a spiritually healthy life, called 'eternal life' which starts when we are born again and continues through death into an eternity of provision and service. While He leads us, nobody (person, angel or demon) has authority to capture us, and take us away from Jesus or Father God.
 
Neither the devil nor his demons can pull people out of God's kingdom. They are safe in the Shepherd's hand. It is also true that Jesus will not throw anyone out of His kingdom (John 6:37-40). All those who come to Jesus are kept safe by Him. However, it is very important that we continue to follow Him and obey Him. The Bible gives no comfort to those who persistently rebel and urges believers to continue trusting Jesus (Colossians 1:22-23, Hebrews 3:14). So, although there is a constant challenge to stay close to the Shepherd, we should not be frightened that Satan can drag us away from His love.
 
Yes, Satan may tempt us, and often does, and we may give in to some temptations, but the sheep who is truly in Jesus' flock will realise that there is no other shepherd who is strong enough to deliver and merciful enough to forgive. The guarantee that Jesus gave is matched by the guarantee of God the Father - that no-one can snatch us out of God's hand. So let us rejoice in our security, repent of wandering away, and return to our Shepherd in repentance and faith. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

Prayer 
Loving Shepherd. Thank You for refusing to allow Satan to drag me out of Your kingdom. I am sorry when I have fallen into temptation and I ask for Your forgiveness. Please help me to know that Satan does not have the ultimate authority over me and thank You that You will help me stay strong to do what is right in every temptation as I look to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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