OUR FAITHFUL SHEPHERD (PART 4)

October 18:2020

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads 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 You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Psalm 23:1-6 (NKJV)

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The twenty-third chapter of the book of Psalms is a prophetic passage which reveals the post redemptive reality of God’s people. In the New Covenant, the Lord Jesus is our shepherd as a matter of responsibility. The statement “…He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…” attests to the fact that He is always actively providing for us both in a natural and spiritual sense.

The natural provision refers to natural food as well as financial and material supplies. The ultimate result of the natural provision is that we “lie down”, which is the picture of people who are abundantly satisfied with God’s supply; this would include financial-material security and surplus. Sheep usually lie down when they are well fed.

The spiritual provision refers to spiritual food, which is the Word of God “still waters”; it can also refer to all other necessary spiritual resources supplied to us by the Holy Spirit. The ultimate result of this spiritual provision is that our souls are restored. The soul which is the seat of the mind, the will and the emotions can only be restored by constant exposure to the anointed Word of God.

The shepherding work of Jesus is implemented through the agency of the Holy Spirit; we can only enjoy the full benefits mentioned in Psalm 23 when we endeavour to follow His leading. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

 

Beloved, the Lord will surely take care of all your needs! He will ensure that you have an abundance of natural and spiritual provision this year. Get ready for a new season of satisfaction and restoration! Amen.


Additional Scripture Reference(s): 1 Peter 2:24-25

Prayer & Confession of Faith

Lord, because You are my shepherd, I shall never be in need of anything because You will continually satisfy me spirit, soul and body. I will have an abundance of all good things this year. Hallelujah!

One Year Bible Reading: Ezekiel 1

October 2020

Keys For Bible Translation

NKJV New King James Version
AMP The Amplified Bible
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ISV International Standard Version
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MSG The Message Translation
WEB The World English Bible
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GNB Good News Bible
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prayer of salvation



As you read, I trust that this devotional will be an avenue of blessing in your life. I invite you to get born again by saying the following prayer:

"Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I receive Jesus into my heart to save me and I accept and confess Him as my Lord. I believe that You raised Him from the dead for my justification. I accept and confess Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Lord. I receive eternal life into my spirit and I am now a new creation. Old things have passed away." Amen.

Congratulations! You are now a child of God.

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