It is a great privilege to have the God who created the universe and all
that is within it to be called our Heavenly Father. There are many people
around the world who have given their heart and life to the Lord Jesus
Christ and yet still have a hard time of letting go of their past. It is
important that we recognize that as far as God is concerned, our past has
been erased and our future has been secured because of the provisions God
has made for His children. Never allow your past to keep you from moving
forward. If God forgave and forgot, then we need to do the same.
(Romans 8:31-33) (John 14:1-3) (Philippians 3:13)
This is a good story that shows the royalty we are after we come to the
Lord. I hope this story ministers to your heart to let go of your old
baggage and enjoy your life in Christ right now. Never give in to the
enemy's lies of condemnation, but rather remind the devil that you are a
new creation in Christ and all past sins have been forgiven and you are
now completely set free. (Psalm 103:3-5) (Colossians 1:12-14)
THE BEGGAR'S RAGS
An old beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he saw a proclamation
posted outside the palace gate. The king was giving a great dinner. Anyone
dressed in royal garments was invited to the party.
The beggar went on his way. He looked at the rags he was wearing and
sighed. Surely only kings and their families wore royal robes, he thought.
Slowly an idea crept into his mind. The audacity of it made him tremble.
Would he dare? He made his way back to the palace. He approached the guard
at the gate. "Please, sire, I would like to speak to the king."
"Wait here," the guard replied. In a few minutes, he was back. "His majesty
will see you," he said, and led the beggar in.
"You wish to see me?" asked the king.
"Yes, your majesty. I want so much to attend the banquet, but I have no
royal robes to wear. Please, sir, if I may be so bold, may I have one of
your old garments so that I too, may come to the banquet?"
The beggar shook so hard that he could not see the faint smile that was on
the king's face.
"You have been wise in coming to me," the king said. He called to his son,
the young prince. "Take this man to your room and array him in some of
The prince did as he was told and soon the beggar was standing before a
mirror, clothed in garments that he had never dared hope for. "You are now
eligible to attend the king's banquet tomorrow night," said the prince.
"But even more important, you will never need any other clothes. These
garments will last forever."
The beggar dropped to his knees. "Oh, thank you," he cried.
But as he started to leave, he looked back at his pile of dirty rags on the
floor. He hesitated. What if the prince was wrong? What if he would need
his old clothes again. Quickly he gathered them up.
The banquet was far greater than he had ever imagined, but he could not
enjoy himself as he should. He had made a small bundle of his old rags and
it kept falling off his lap. The food was passed quickly and the beggar
missed some of the greatest delicacies.
Time proved that the prince was right. The clothes did last forever. Still
the poor beggar grew fonder and fonder of his old rags. As time passed
people seemed to forget the royal robes he was wearing. They saw only the
little bundle of filthy rags that he clung to wherever he went. They even
spoke of him as the old man with the rags.
One day as he lay dying, the king visited him. The beggar saw the sad look
on the king's face when he looked at the small bundle of rags by the bed.
Suddenly the beggar remembered the prince's words and he realized that his
bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime of true royalty. He wept bitterly
at his folly. And the king wept with him.
We have been invited into a royal family - the family of God. To feast at
God's dinner table, all we have to do is shed our old rags and put on the
"new clothes" of faith which is provided by God's Son, Jesus Christ. But
we cannot hold onto our old rags and still enjoy the festivities. When we
put our faith in Christ, we must let go of the sin in our life, and our old
ways of living. Those things must be discarded if we are to experience true
royalty and an abundant life in Christ. (Revelation 1:6) (Isaiah 1:18-20)
If you are holding onto your past and are having a hard time letting go,
then let this message be your motivation to not allow yourself to miss out
on God's best. We need to get the revelation that we are new people when
God enters our life. We read this in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which declares,
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have
passed away; behold, all things have become new."
I encourage you to see yourself as a brand new person and don't allow
yourself to think back on your past. Enjoy and appreciate your spiritual
royal garments now so that when you look back on your life, you will not
have any regrets of time ill spent. I do hope you take this message to
heart and see yourself as God sees you; A Royal Priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus
Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God
was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their
trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
1 Peter 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy
nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not
a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now
have obtained mercy."
Romans 8:14-17 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons
of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but
you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of
God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
Psalm 103:2-5 "Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems
your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender
mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is
renewed like the eagle's."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry