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The Lord and the 23rd Psalm


 

The Lord and the 23rd Psalm

 

This passage has been on my mind all day long. Not the complete Psalm but the beginning of verse 1. This is the the part I reference. Psalm 23:1 – The LORD is my shepherd; This is the part I desire to look at.

 

There are many people that quote this passage and really claim that the “LORD is their shepherd. That causes me to wonder if they really understand what their statement really means.

 

Many that have voiced this statement has done so while being a token Christ like person and at the same time time keeping both feet solidly planted in the sordid vile sinfulness of this world.

 

When one makes the claim that the LORD is their shepherd that is a claim that they are owned by the shepherd. The ownership of one is a claim of complete and total obedience. This type of obedience is seldom practiced in Christianity today.

 

We do know that we live in this world and make our living in this world. What we must remember is we are not of this world. Ephesians 4 speaks of our mind being renewed. What this means is; as we apply the Word of God to our lives we become more dedicated to following Jesus Christ and living a life that glorifies God.

 

Here is my problem – why do people say the LORD is my shepherd when they do not follow the shepherd? Let us examine this statement point by point.

 

1. 2Ti_2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Study – This is more work than simply reading the Word. Study is work and asking questions. a. Who is speaking. b. To whom are they speaking. c. What is the subject under consideration. d. What is the time period under consideration.

 

We are responsible to find the Will of God for our life and it is revealed in the Book of life. Some want a buffet where they can pick and choose what they want to believe and practice. It is a pick and choose system that is not contained in God’s Word. That being the situation, the LORD is not our shepherd unless it agrees with our thinking or desire.

 

2.Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 

I know some that say they are Christians and do not the things the father says. You cannot be a Christian and not go to His assembly. We have a clear command to assemble and worship the LORD. The Church is the bride of Christ. To shun his bride is to dishonor the very one whom we call the shepherd. What do you think that Jesus says about those that shun His bride. Do not be fooled, God will not be mocked. Shunning the bride of Christ is shaming the Savior. Do claim to be a sheep following the shepherd if you shun the Bride.

 

 

3. Eph_2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Eph_4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Php_1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Php_3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

You cannot go out and drink, curse and carouse with the world and say we are a sheep following the shepherd. This is the height of hypocrisy. The word “conversation” is an old English word that means living or life style. If, by the Holy Spirit working within us, we cannot tear ourselves from following the fleshly, wicked worldly ways, we are not sheep following the Shepherd. We certainly are not Christians.

 

James Candler

 

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The Kind of Christian I Am!


 

ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE TEN TIMES

 

William Andrew Dillard

 
The Kind of Christian I Am!
An interesting comment was made in my presence many years ago. My friend who was vice-president of a major bank at the time, related in the course of conversation that a teller requested a raise in pay. When asked to justify the action, the teller replied that she deserved it because she now has ten years of experience. Whereupon the vice-president retorted that he could understand that from her viewpoint, but that she must understand that from the bank’s viewpoint she did not have ten years of experience, rather she had one year of experience ten times.
Pondering that conversation for many years, it has become painfully clear that this is the case of way too many members of the Lord’s churches everywhere. Some are quite proud of their longevity of membership, and perhaps faithfulness in attendance. While these things are to be appreciated, it is not a point of honor and glory for church members to have less than one year’s experience forty times or more. It is easy for one to get the distinct impression that a lot of church folk see the Christian life as static. They have been saved, baptized, and admitted to the membership of a New Testament Church. With those things in place, they feel that they are to mark time until Jesus comes. But, those things are NOT to be catapults into a static position. Rather, they are foundational to massive growth in knowledge and grace in what the spiritual work of the church is about, and in personal preparation to rule and reign with Christ in the age that is about to happen.
So, in listening to others, and in private experience, learn to pray! Discover the contents of the blessed Book which is the only thing in this world that will survive and be in primary play in eternity. The truly important thing in life is what one believes, and one cannot believe what he does not know. Therefore all of God’s people should be in hot pursuit of knowledge, intensifying faith, with the accompanying peace and joy of understanding and wisdom. The personal question: “what have I learned in the last few years?” is important. 2 Peter 3:18 admonishes us all: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”
How sad it will be for some who will fail to impress the Lord with their long, static position to hear Him say, “My child you have one year of experience forty times.” I have no bragging room or rights, nor are they sought, but I am still learning because that is the kind of Christian I am.

 

 

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Redeemed by His Blood


 

1 Peter 1:18, 19

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers,” 1 Peter 1:18.

 

 

Recently, research has been done into how much of a difference parental financial involvement during college makes when it comes to a student’s academic achievement. The results might surprise you. Researcher Laura Hamilton (University of California—Merced) discovered that the more parental aid given to the student, the lower the student’s GPA. Conversely, the more students must sacrifice to pay for their own college, the better their grades. The research seems to follow a principle Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

 

We all go through moments in which we may forget the significance and power of being called the children of God. From time to time, we may treat sin with nonchalance or disregard the commands of God in pursuit of our own desires. It is in these moments when we need to be reminded of the high price that was paid for our salvation. God did not simply collect a sum of money to purchase us. He moved Heaven and earth, setting up His Son from before time began, to spill His blood on Calvary to purchase us. We enjoy the blessings and benefits that come from being children of God because Jesus was willing to lay His life down, becoming the sacrificial lamb who was executed for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus bought us with His blood. If we ever stop treasuring Christ, our hearts will begin to drift far from Him.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT – Will you treasure Christ today?

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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