Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30, ESV)


Anonymous said...

Do you fee like you have victory over your panic even though you are still on meds? I struggle with the the concept of being totally "free." Can you be free even when on meds?

Joni said...

Yes, I feel like I have victory even though I still take alprazolam as needed. I am free in my mind because I've learned that no matter what my circumstances, I have Jesus with me. The more I focus on the love of Jesus for me, the less I worry about having panic disorder, and the less I worry about panic, the less attacks I have. I have victory over negative thoughts that used to make me feel like I was incompetent and worthless. That Id never get better. The truth is that as long as I leave my future in the hands of my very able and loving God, my mind is at peace about the disorder. I have no shame. I cling to my Jesus and He takes care of me. He reveals Himself to me in the way He leads and shelters me. I know Him now, like I could never have known Him before. So yes, I feel victorious and so grateful to my Lord.

Joni said...

One more thing. Jesus said the truth will set you free. He was speaking of spiritual and mental freedom. Soul freedom and freedom from the bondage of sin and death. Almost every disciple of Jesus was imprisoned, tortured, and killed. But they were still free in spirit, and soul, and they live on with Christ in Heaven.