GOD PROVIDES, PRESERVES and PROTECTS HIS CHILDREN.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's 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 for ever.” Psalms 23:1-6 KJV
SPURGEON called the twenty-third Psalm the " nightingale of the Psalms." It is " small and of homely feather, yet it has filled the whole sky and world with melody."
GOD PROVIDES BY PREPARING A TABLE FOR YOU.
I am reminded of when I was young. One night my father asked, What's for dinner? Mom's reply was, You know what would be good? Scallops... Scallops? , we don't have any scallops. We live in Maine and had a boat, so you know what was coming next. I was about 12 years old and my dad said come on son lets go get some scallops. We did not head down to the store, but to the boat. He said, "Let's go down and get the boat and drag for them." It was 20 below out. Well we went out and dragged up a big basket of fresh scallops, and had a feast that night. Fresh from the Atlantic Ocean. God provided and gave us more then we needed. Q: Is your cup running over?
GOD PRESERVES BY ALWAYS BEING BY OUR SIDE.
If I am going through something in life THAT IS HARD, it is good to have someone by my side.
When we are going through a valley, God is with us.
Think about that...
If God can watch over David, God can watch over you too.
If God watches over a sparrow, He watches over you too.
We ARE the children of God, and as long as we ARE children of God, We need to serve him.
So often people feel like God has forsaken them.
Jesus said, " I will never leave you, or forsake to." Nobody ever cared for me like Jesus.
The rod and staff comfort me. It is there to protect and guide you.
No matter what you face, God will preserve you.
GOD PROTECTS BY HIS HAND.
Israel was delivered from Egypt, then they accused God of bringing them out to die.
Even when you don't see the hand of God remember, God never leaves us or forsakes us.
Even when you are in the valley.
Just keep walking...
David said "though I walk." He did not run.
There is a God that will protect his children.
LIFE STORY TIME: A shadow can't hurt you... but it can make you hurt yourself.
Hitchhiking late night I was walking down the street and almost home when it sounded like there were footsteps behind me. As I turned to look I saw someone's shadow. The street light made a shadow and that shadow was following me, I started to run. After I ran past the frog pond I took the short cut to get back home, and just before I got to the house one of my mothers clothes line was strung across my path. I did not see it because it was dark, It hit me right in the face across the eyebrows. It knocked me down hard and all I saw was stars. When I got in the house my mother greeted me and asked me what had happened, I told her someone was chasing me.
A shadow can not hurt you... but it can make you hurt yourself.
Ok I get it, GOD PROVIDES, PRESERVES and PROTECTS HIS CHILDREN, now what?
DO: Grow that word in your heart.
The only way to grow spiritually is to have Gods nourishment.
A dead tree cut down in a pile of other dead trees is not growing anymore, keep your roots planted in Christ.
Q: How can we grow in the Lord?
1- We need to gather together and fellowship.
2- We need to hear the Word.
3- We need to gather in the presence of God.
Is the Lord your shepherd?
If not, ask Him into your life, He is there for you and ready to take the burden of sins off your back and carry the load. That's why Jesus died on the cross, Jesus gave his life so that you might have eternal life. He is the light that is missing in your life. He is the only thing that will fill that gap in your heart. He loves you and wants YOU to come and fellowship with him. Take a moment to pray to him, he is listening.
Pay that the lord anoint your life like it has never be anointed before. Pray that God would fill your heart with His love and forgiveness.
AND THEN DO:
He will use you. Minister to people. No matter where you are, you will find people who need a word of hope.
I GOT A FEELING EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT.
Pastor Lewis Cushman, St. Cloud Church of God. Florida
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