March 16

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I chuckle to myself how people suddenly change what they say and how they behave around me once they discover I am a pastor. While I appreciate the effort to be respectful, I often tell them don’t worry because they don’t have to answer to me. 
Life changes dramatically when, like David, you learn how to enter in, embrace and experience the presence of God!
David learned that from his long lonely days in the wilderness tending sheep. It enriched his life and elevated him to become the greatest King of Israel and an inspiration for countless millions of Christ-followers!
As he discovered how to be fully present with God in the moment, he also became alert to the thoughts occupying his mind and the words he allowed to form on his lips. To dwell in intimate fellowship with a righteous God you must take every thought captive!
David learned to be alert as a shepherd guarding his sheep. He knew threats lurked everywhere against his defenseless sheep. Ever present and ever alert David’s senses were sharp as he scanned the horizon for predators and the skies for storm clouds.
In the same way, dwelling in the presence of God allows His holy Spirit to activate your spiritual senses to stand guard against the evil schemes of the devil. David was a good shepherd of his sheep because he was ever present and always alert. He because an effective shepherd of his soul by living in the presence of God and being spiritually alert!
When your spiritual awareness is sharpened and placed on high alert not only are you watching for trouble you are also expectantly looking for the next great thing God is preparing for you!
Can you imagine how much your life would change if your thoughts and words were protected and prompted by the Holy Spirit?
Can you contemplate the peace you would experience by feeling safely at home in the presence of God? 
How great would it be if your thoughts and your words were inspiring because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit!
Will you ask the Good Shepherd to help you shepherd your soul today?

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