Our morning prayer:
O LORD, draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of Your hands, You shall destroy them, and not build them up. But Father as we stand before You, build us up, sanctify and bless us according to our deeds. Fill our needs according to Your riches in endless GLORY. Go before us, with us, surroundcus that we may magnify You in thought, words and deeds, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen Psalm 28:3-5
Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. Psalm 28:6
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
“The LORD is my Shepherd I shall not want…” Hallelujah! Psalm 22:1
In 2005, townspeople in Gevas, Turkey, watched in horror as one sheep jumped to its death, and then 1,500 others followed over the same cliff. When the villagers, whose livelihoods depended on the flock, reached the bottom of the mountain, they found a billowy white pile of death. Some 450 sheep were lost, but amazingly 1,000 survived. As the pile grew, the dead bodies cushioned the fall of other sheep.
How did this accident happen? The shepherds responsible for protecting the flock had left the sheep on the mountain to eat breakfast, and then the fleeces started to fly.
The importance of a shepherd is inversely proportional to the intelligence of the animal being shepherded. Dogs, for example, manage to survive fairly well without human oversight. Dolphins do even better. Sheep, on the other hand, don’t have the good sense not to jump off a cliff. They need a shepherd to survive.
The fact that Scripture compares God’s people to sheep ought to humble us. We need godly shepherds to lead, feed, and protect us from the world and from ourselves. We are irrefutably sinful (and often stupid) creatures willing to throw ourselves off cliffs of self-destruction. This truth, however, can tempt shepherds to overstep their role. Sometimes the most difficult part about pastoral ministry is knowing what is not our responsibility.
After the Resurrection, Jesus restores Peter and tells him three times to “feed” or “tend” his sheep and concludes with an allusion to his eventual martyrdom. Peter seems less than thrilled with this assignment, because he immediately asks Jesus about John’s calling. The Lord rebukes him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:22).
The Lord being out strength and shield keeps in His Loving arms. We have shared that by His grace, we can sidestep any temptation for He has provided a way for us, Amen.
Above, we see that sheep without a shepherd are irrefutably lost! How blessed we are to have One who stays by our side protecting, nurturing, Loving, caring and assisting with even the small things that need doing. He is always there. Just a “Thank you Jesus!” Away. We have every reason to give thanks.
Lord, we bless you,
we thank You and glorify you,
Thank You Lord,
an Hallelujah! Bursts out from my Spirit,
You are my all,
You are my Everything,
by Your grace, this a time of praise,
a time of worship,
thank You Holy Spirit,
Jesus I bow down to The King of kings and Lord of lords,
In You, are blessed
we Lovingly commit ourselves anew into Your Loving arms
thank You for going before, with and in me this day, to Your glory
where I mistepped I ask for Your foregivess
LORD help me live within Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen
Let me ask you a question. Are you anointed? I am not asking if oil has been poured over you or on your head.
Just what does anointment mean?
Why do I ask?
The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Let us see what this denotes.
In Holy Scripture, is either,
I. Material–with oil –or–
II. Spiritual–with the Holy Ghost.
And many of us have been anointed, cloves of flame did not rest on our heads, but we received His Spirit.
Anointing the body or head with oil was a common practice with the Jews, as with other Oriental nations. (Ruth 3:3 ; Micah 6:15 ) Anointing the head with oil or ointment seems also to have been a mark of respect sometimes paid by a host to his guests. Luke 7:46 and Psal 23:5
It was a rite of inauguration into each of the three typical offices of the Jewish commonwealth.
a. Prophets were occasionally anointed to their office, (1 Kings 19:16) and were called messiahs, or anointed. (1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalms 105:15)
b. Priests, at the first institution of the Levitical priesthood, were all anointed to their offices, (Exodus 40:15 ; Numbers 3:3) but afterwards anointing seems to have been specially reserved for the high priest, (Exodus 29:29 ; Leviticus 16:32) so that “the priest that is annointed…” (Leviticus 4:3) is generally thought to mean the high priest.
c. Kings. Anointing was the principal and divinely-appointed ceremony in the inauguration of the Jewish Kings. ( 1 Samuel 9:16 ; 10:1 ; 1 Kings 1:34 1 Kings 1:39 ) The rite was sometimes performed more than once. David was thrice anointed.
d. Inanimate objects also were anointed with oil, in token of their being set apart for religious service. Thus Jacob anointed a pillar at Bethel. (Genesis 31:13 ; Exodus 30:26-28)
Ecclesiastical: Anointing with oil is prescribed by St. James to be used for the recovery of the sick. (James 5:14 ) Analogous to this is the anointing with oil practiced by the twelve. (Mark 6:13)
And we roll into the Spiritual annointing
In the Old Testament a Deliverer is promised under the title of Messiah, or Anointed, (Psalms 2:2 ; Daniel 9:25 Daniel 9:26) and the nature of his anointing is described to be spiritual, with the Holy Ghost. (Isaiah 61:1) see Luke 4:18
In the New Testament Jesus of Nazareth is shown to be the Messiah, or Christ or Anointed, of the Old Testament, ( We can/should refer to John 1:41 ; Acts 9:22 ; Acts 17:2 Acts 17:3 ; Acts 18:4 Acts 18:28) and the historical fact of his being anointed with the Holy Ghost is asserted and recorded. (John 1:32 John 1:33 ; Acts 4:27 ; 10:38 ) Christ was anointed as prophet priest and king.
Spiritual anointing with the Holy Ghost is conferred also upon Christians by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21) “Anointing” expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians who are priests and kings unto God.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is our strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
We see why we went through all of that. If any questions feel free to ask.