THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
What does it mean to have the Lord as our
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.
2. To have the protection of an almighty
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.
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
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
God will bless the individual who
receives Him as Lord ‑ Shepherd of their
Forever ‑ with Christ as our Shepherd
our relationship with Him lasts forever.
Our commitments will lasts forever.
Not a Christian today and a backslider
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
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
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
We deserve death
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
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
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
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his
life for the sheep.
2. Because we are so stubborn
April 1955 Sunday School teacher led D. L.
Moody to Christ ‑ He was put on a one yearprobation before admitted to church.