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Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)
TITLE: God's Annointing
By Rose Hyman
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As I analyze the famous phrase, “The Black Sheep of the Family” the key word that sticks out with me is the word sheep and a sheep is lead by a shepherd. As I ponder on the word shepherd, Psalm 23rd comes to mind and the key verse states, “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want.” Then continuing with the remaining verses of Psalm 23rd, it goes on to tell how the Lord is our provider, comforter, and our source of goodness and mercy. So your decision to surrender and allow the Lord to lead you should not be a difficult decision, when His word states that He is our ultimate provider.
As I continue to analyze this phrase and tie it all together, I align the word black which describe the sheep as having a unique quality and different from the family. I look at the aspect of this black sheep as being different because the shepherd has instilled an anointing over this particular sheep, and in due season these unique qualities will stand out boldly and shine fourth under the mighty hand of his shepherd
My familiarity with the slogan “The Black Sheep of the Family” was a label that was placed on me at a very early age, and it was very painful for me. This slogan caused me to have a mindset of not fitting in with a family and an outcast. I had every right to feel this way because at birth, I was sent away to be raised by another family and never told about my biological family. I would say that a great attempt was made by the family that I was raised with to make me feel a part of the family; however, I always stood out as the child that was brought into the family and not born into the family. So yes, I was different but years to come my different characteristics were proven to be an anointing instilled in me by my shepherd the Lord God.
In leading me, my shepherd taught me that He is my Abba Father, and I am adopted into His Family, so I am not an outcast. My shepherd also taught me that my unique qualities that set me apart from the family are actually my gifts and anointing to use as I spread the Good News about my shepherd.
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