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Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Flock of God: Safe in Jesus Christ

"Feed the flock of God which is among you ... And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:2-4)

The people who want to know God and walk with God, those who have learned to recognize the voice of the good Shepherd, will always be at home in a Spirit-filled congregation.

It is sad indeed that some have never heard the voice of the Shepherd. His voice is as tender as a lullaby and as strong as the wind and as mighty as the sound of many waters. The people who have learned to hear and recognize the voice of Jesus - that healing, musical, solemn, beautiful voice of Jesus in His church - are always at home where everything centers around Him.

The true Christian church can be a conglomeration of everything under the sun. That is, we  may have Calvinists and Armenians and Methodists and Baptists and all sorts of others, and yet we are all together on one thing - Jesus Christ is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption! He is All in All, and the people of the Lord who have learned to hear the voice of the Shepherd gravitate towards that kind of church!

They may not be so sure about who else is present, but thy know the Lord is present and they are sensitive to that.

Do you find your own heart sensitive to the Lord's presence or are you among those who are "samplers" and "nibblers"? God help you if you are, for the child of the king is a sheep who loves his Shepherd and he stays close to Him! That's the only safe place for a sheep. Stay close to Jesus and all of the wolves in the world cannot get a tooth in you!

~A. W. Tozer~

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