"For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand." -Psalm 95:7
"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." -Isaiah 40:11
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." -John 10:11
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." -John 10:14
Don't those scriptures sound wonderful? But the phase "I know my sheep" reminds one that not all are of the Lord's flock. One day there will be an eternal separation between the sheep of God and the rebellious goats. Wouldn't you rather be drawn in with the rest of God's sheepfold?
How does one become a sheep in God's flock? By your own efforts? No, for the Bible says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us." Titus 3:5
Can you be born into His flock through your family's religion? No, for as He said, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
How, then? Through God's gift to you... "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
If someone informed you that you had been given a priceless gift, and you needed only to claim it to possess it, what would you do? You'd rush to get it, wouldn't you? It would be foolish to procrastinate or forget about it.
Now imagine that you had been offered eternal life in heaven, living forever with God in a beautiful city, never to die or suffer pain or loss ever again. All you had to do to get this gift was to accept it. It would be much more foolish to ignore this gift, wouldn't it?
Well, that very thing has been offered to you. Jesus, who was God in the flesh, took upon himself your sin debt, which you could never pay, and paid it in full through his death on the cross. He was raised from the dead to be a living savior, and to offer this gift to you. But it isn't yours until you possess it by believing and receiving the Savior into your heart, by asking. Here are some scriptures concerning this priceless gift that has your name on it.
Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8 and 9
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
|It is the hope of the owner and members of SheepLaughs that these scriptures open your eyes to your spiritual condition and eternal destiny, and, if you do not know Christ or have His salvation, that you will open the door of your heart and ask Him to come in. For, in the last book of the Bible, Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20|
What shall be the fate of those that reject this gift, and are found guilty of the sin that Christ died to forgive? Jonathan Edwards wrote at length on the danger faced by those that esteem his grace lightly. Read his classic sermon, "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God." Author Chuch Colson has written an excellent article entitled "Ultimate Realities For Non-Christians To Face."
There is a difference in the death of those that are in the Lord's flock, and those that have rejected the offer. Read this page of the dying testimonies from those in both conditions.
Accept the free gift of salvation now. For, according to scripture, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27
Then, when it is your time to stand before the Righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus, you will have this assurance: "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." -1 Peter 5:4
The 23rd Psalm: Everything We Need!
The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
He leadeth me beside still waters
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
For His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil
For Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
Thou anointest my head with oil
My cup runneth over
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
THAT'S ETERNITY !
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