"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1
The shepherd leads the sheep. The sheep follow the shepherd. That's the way it is suppose to be. But that is not always the way it is. Sometimes the sheep follow something else. They get their eyes on something other than the shepherd and gravitate that direction.
We are the Good Shepherd's sheep, but are we following Him? Often we can think we are following Him, but aren't. We are following religion, programs, fads, other people and think that it is Him we are following because they "bear the image" of the Shepherd or we think that His "stamp of approval" is on it.
Jesus warned us that the false would come. He told us there would be false shepherds, false teachers, false Christs, false doctrines, etc. that would try to capture our attention. The purpose of that which is false is always to pull you away from what is true.
The answer to following the true and not the false, to following the Shepherd and not just religious things is to keep your eyes focused on the Shepherd, keep your ears attentive to His words, and know His voice better than you know your own.
Have a great day. Make sure you are following the Shepherd and not something that gives the appearance of being Him.
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