There are certain moments in life when we feel condemned by others because
of our past sins or mistakes. It is important that we don't allow the lie
of condemnation to keep us from being all that God wishes for us to be. The
Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have
become new." God doesn't see us for our past, but rather He sees us for our
future. Never allow anyone to condemn you. God has chosen you as His elect
and has crowned you with a crown of righteousness. See yourself as a child
of God who is put on this earth to make a difference. (2 Timothy 4:8)
This is a good story that shows what great things God holds in store for us
because we are His children. If you are feeling down because someone has
insulted you for some reason, then I hope this story encourages your heart
to stand up and continue in your position as a Child of the King.
WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg,
Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant,
hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal.
While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished
looking, white haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the
guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, "I hope he
doesn't come over here."
But sure enough, the man did come over to their table. "Where are you folks
from?" he asked in a friendly voice.
"Oklahoma," they answered.
"Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do
for a living?"
"I teach at a seminary," he replied.
"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really
great story for you." And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and
sat down at the table with the couple.
The professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great...Just what I
need...another preacher story!"
The man started, "See that mountain over there? (pointing out the
restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a
boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every
place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your
Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would
ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?' He would hide at recess and
lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because
that question hurt him so bad.
When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. The boy
would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question,
'Who's your daddy?'. But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so
fast he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.
Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing
anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's
The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church
looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the
question, 'Who's your daddy.'
This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using
discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to
that scared little boy...
'Wait a minute!' he said. 'I know who you are. I see the family
resemblance now. You are a Child of God.'
With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a
great inheritance. Go and claim it.' When the preacher told him that, the
boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a
changed person. He was never the same again.
Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm
a Child of God.'"
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't
told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have
amounted to anything!"
And he walked way.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress
over and asked her, "Do you know who that man was who just left that was
sitting at our table?"
The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's
Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"
Only God knows of the dreams and aspirations that were never fulfilled
because of the poor self-image that one had of themselves. It is important
that every person knows that they are valuable and valued. In today's
world, people are used to bringing others down rather than pulling them up.
We need to recognize that this is not how God wishes for us to act. We need
to love each other the same way we desire to be loved. If each of us loved
our neighbor the same way Jesus commanded, this world would be a completely
different place. (Jeremiah 31:3-4) (Luke 6:31-36) (Mark 12:30-31)
If you are feeling as if you are not special enough to make a difference,
I encourage you to see yourself as a Child of God, and being one says that
you have a Divine purpose to fulfill. Never allow yourself to give up on
your dreams because you're not receiving the encouragement you need. Let
God be your encourager and the Holy Spirit your guide. Being in this
company out classes any and every discouragement the enemy tried to bring
before you. Smile and know that you are special and irreplaceable.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:14-17 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons
of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but
you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of
God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
1 Peter 2:9-10 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time
past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
Psalm 18:32-35 "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way
perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high
places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by
mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation: and Thy
right hand hath holden me up, and Thy gentleness hath made me great."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
Today's Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry