It is a great privilege to be called a child of God. The Lord who is
gracious and merciful has cleansed us of our unrighteousness through His
shed Blood on the Cross and now calls us sons and daughters in Christ. He
cleansed us of our iniquities and in return gave us His righteousness.
Never be hard on yourself because of your past sins, but stand reassured
and know that God does not see you for who you once were, but He sees you
for who you are now and who you will be in the years to come. The Bible
says that we love Him because He first loved us. God knows us intimately
and loves us with His unending love. (1 John 1:5-10) (John 4:19)
I encourage you to seek the Lord with your whole heart and take the time to
commune and fellowship with Him. You are created in God's image and when
you opened your heart to Lord Jesus Christ; His Spirit became a part of
your spirit, so never think that God does not understand you or know what
you are going through in your life. Always remember that we follow The
Risen Savior who loves us and promises to guide us in our daily walk with
Him. (Isaiah 55:6-7) (John 17:21-26) (Ephesians 3:14-21) (Romans 8:31-39)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message.
I KNOW THE SHEPHERD
There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-
man shows of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always
end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23.
Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation - "The
Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want"…the crowd would listen attentively.
And then, at the conclusion of the Psalm, they would rise in thunderous
applause in appreciation of the actor's incredible ability to bring the
verse to life.
But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of
Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. "Sir, do you mind if
tonight I recite Psalm 23?" The actor was quite taken back by this unusual
request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and
center on the stage to recite the Psalm, knowing that the ability of this
unskilled youth would be no match for his own talent.
With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the Psalm.
When he was finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation
as on other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping. The
audience had been so moved by the young man's recitation that every eye was
full of tears. Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth, "I
don't understand. I have been performing Psalm 23 for years. I have a
lifetime of experience and training - but I have never been able to move an
audience as you have tonight. Tell me, what is your secret?"
The young man quietly replied, "Well sir, you know the Psalm...I know the
Be encouraged to spent time alone with the Lord everyday both in prayer and
in reading His Word. In order for us to know the leading of the Lord for
our life, we need to be in communion with Him and allow His Spirit to speak
to our spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19) (2 Timothy 2:15) (Romans 8:14-17)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon
him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
Romans 8:14-17 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children
of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified
Ephesians 3:14-19 "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be
strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length,
and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth
knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem175.htm
Today's Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony145.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry