But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me – John 10:26-27
WOW! You refuse to believe.
Why would they refuse to believe Jesus? Jesus said it was because they were not his sheep. But these were the most religious people of their day. How could they miss him? How could they “refuse to believe?” Jesus said that what marks His sheep is that they know how to hear his voice, He knows them and they follow Him.
Sometimes we are bound more to our denominational beliefs and teachings than we are to God himself. We have learned to substitute what our denomination or our church teaches for the very Word of God.
That is where these guys missed it. They couldn’t accept the things Jesus said because He contradicted what they had been taught.
Oh God, don’t let me miss you and “refuse to believe.” Even if everyone else rejects what Your Word says, help me to stand on Your Word, rather than any of my preconceived ideas of what is right or wrong. I don’t want to miss You!