Saturday, October 7, 2023

The Shepherd that Guides, Provides, and Protects


Have you ever wondered what to do with your life? Experiencing the pressure to make your life better and/or different can be a heavy weight, laced with extreme stress. Stress is defined as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation (Merriam-Webster 2023). A stress filled life is not the Godkind of life, meaning that is not God’s plan for you. It is not the will of God that your life be oppressed with depression, anxiety, pain, shame, worry etc. The reason that medical science has developed medications for these kinds of disease processes is because humanity was not created to carry such pressure/stress. These medications are prescribed to try to naturally assist people in relief. God’s plan for every man is that we be free. The scriptures declare in Nehemiah 8:10, … for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (AMP)

The joy of the Lord (our Shepherd) –brings true joy and freedom. Our Shepherd provides joy! The bible declares in Psalms 23:1 - The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack (AMP).

The provisions from the Good Shepherd – our Sovereign Lord are filled with everything we need to remain free from the pressures and/or stresses of life. It is only when we try to do life without Him that we become entangled in the chains of lack. Chains that eventually weigh us down to the ground and destroy the life and vitality that knowing Jesus – our Shepherd brings. When we listen to Jesus and follow Him, we will never lack. When we obey His Words and not try to figure things out through human efforts and strength, we will lack nothing. When we allow Jesus to be our Shepherd – and stay close to Him and in Him, the Good Shepherd will protect us from the strategies and harm of the enemy, we will lack nothing. In the scriptures Isaiah declares these characteristics of our Shepherd:

Isaiah 40:10-12 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.  Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?

However, in order for God to lead us effectively and efficiently we must be willing to follow Him – closely. We must be willing to submit to His will and not our own. We must be willing to trust Him at all times and leave our fears behind. God will always lead us in the right way, even though it may seem strange to us, He knows the way we should take and will go before us and lead us in the plans and path He has for us gently.

Psalms 23:3 declares, He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

In John 10:25-27, Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

If you belong to Him continue to follow Him as He leads the way, each and every day. Don’t stray but obey!

In Christ's Love – Sister Cathy~

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