THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

Psalm 23

 

  What does it mean to have the Lord as our

  Shepherd?

 

  1. To have the Lord as our Shepherd is to

  have His promises.

 

  I shall not want

 

     To be aware of ones needs.

     To have abundant supply of those needs.

 

  Phil 4:19

  Matt 6:33

 

  2. To have the protection of an almighty

  Shepherd.

 

  There will be valleys

  Valley of the shadow of death ‑ serious

  times of persecution, ridicule, financial

  inadequacy, marital maturing, temptations,

  fatigue, illness, betrayal by friends.

 

  but the Lord will be there.

 

     To comfort

 

          With rod and staff

          rod that short stick used for

          fighting the enemies of the sheep.

 

          The staff ‑ used to account for

          every one of His sheep assuring

          that not one will be lost.

 

  3. To have the preparation  ‑ for life

 

     He anointeth my head with oil

 

     Anointing is the process used when God

     commissions a person for a job.

 

     Kings were anointed

     Priests were anointed

 

     We are anointed as God's Children ‑ we

     have a purpose in life.

 

     Life is more than just a maze

     that we have to struggle through.

 

     There is a purpose for our existence.

     You were created for a specific purpose

     in God's program.

 

  2 Cor 1:21‑22 21 Now he which stablisheth

                us with you in Christ, and

                hath anointed us, is God;

                22 Who hath also sealed us,

                and given the earnest of the

                Spirit in our hearts.

 

     A. oil ‑ Holy Spirit without which we

     are nothing

 

     B. my cup runneth over

 

  God's supply is more than sufficient to

  meet the need.

 

 

  2 Cor 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of

            ourselves to think any thing as

            of ourselves; but our sufficiency

            is of God;

 

  2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is

             sufficient for thee: for my

             strength is made perfect in

             weakness. Most gladly therefore

             will I rather glory in my

             infirmities, that the power of

             Christ may rest upon me.

 

  4. For the pleasure and blessings of God

 

     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow

     me

     God will bless the individual who

     receives Him as Lord ‑ Shepherd of their

     life.

 

     Forever ‑ with Christ as our Shepherd

     our relationship with Him lasts forever.

 

  Our commitments will lasts forever.

 

  Not a Christian today and a backslider

  tomorrow.

 

  God can and will give you the strength to

  endure hardships, to overcome temptation.

 

  Because we can do nothing without Christ

 

  John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the

            branches: He that abideth in me,

            and I in him, the same bringeth

            forth much fruit: for without me

            ye can do nothing.

 

  We must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as

  our Shepherd.

 

 

  I. BY FOLLOWING MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE

     RECEIVED CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND SHEPHERD

 

  The Lord is ‑my‑ Shepherd

 

  Just because He died on Calvary does not

  mean that we are automatically saved at

  birth.

 

     He wants to provide for you

     He wants to protect you

     He wants to produce a value in you

     to make you a vessel of honor

     to provide the abundant life for you

 

  He restores my soul

 

  We are all born in sin

 

  Rom 3:23

  Rom 5:12

 

  We deserve death

 

  Rom 6:23

  Rev 20:14‑15

 

  Jesus loved us and gave himself for us

 

  John 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even

             so know I the Father: and I lay

             down my life for the sheep.

            

 

  1 Peter 2:24

  2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin

             for us, who knew no sin; that we

             might be made the righteousness

             of God in him.

 

  Repent Luke 13:3 & 5

 

  Receive John 1:12

 

  Rom 10:9‑10

 

  Jesus restores what sin had destroyed

  Jesus restores what sin had defiled

 

  Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are

             pure: but unto them that are

             defiled and unbelieving is

             nothing pure; but even their

             mind and conscience is defiled.

            

  Jesus restores fellowship

 

  Adam ended fellowship between God and man

  Jesus restores it

 

  1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so

              in Christ shall all be made

              alive.

 

 

  II. BY FOLLOWING THE RIGHTEOUS PATH

 

     A. He leadeth me

 

          1. Through Scripture

          2. Through the Spirit

          3. Through spiritual counsel

          4. Through specific circumstances

 

     B. of righteousness

 

          1. it is right

          2. it is rewarded

          3. for His name sake

 

  III. BY FOLLOWING HIS PROGRAM

 

          A. maketh ‑ sometimes God must

          apply pressure to bring us to the

          place where we can be used.

 

               1. because of His sincere

 

                  concern for us

 

  John 10:10‑11 10 The thief cometh not, but

                for to steal, and to kill,

                and to destroy: I am come

                that they might have life,

                and that they might have it

                more abundantly.

                11 I am the good shepherd:

                the good shepherd giveth his

                life for the sheep.

 

               2. Because we are so stubborn

 

 

  Illustrations

 

  April 1955 Sunday School teacher led D. L.

  Moody to Christ ‑ He was put on a one year

  probation before admitted to church.
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