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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT!


A song of David. The LORD is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water. He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good. Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me. (Psa. 23: 1-4-ERV)

I shall not want: The Bible says I shall not want. To me that is a definite. It simply means that I should not desire or need anything. There should be nothing missing in our lives simply because He promised I shall not want. There will be no lack of anything even if conditions come that present themselves as lack, I shall not want. Though this world is now experiencing he pandemic, that does not negate the fact that the Lord is still our shepherd. Does that mean that as Christians we will not have trials and tribulations that will arise in our lives? Christ never said that we would not have trials; These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33- KJV) We are over comers already because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. It does, require us to trust in the Lord and not to put our faith into action even when it might look hopeless to the natural eye. The word of God says; But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20 -English Majority Text Version.}


As children of God, we must learn to speak a thing and then believe that it is so whether or not we immediately see the manifestation of it. The power is in our mouth, we must speak it into the atmosphere. One of my favorite scriptures is in Proverbs 18:20 and I have several versions so that we can get a clear understanding of its meaning: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (KJV) What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. (GNB) The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.(ERV) The importance of knowing what we are saying is vital. I shall not want, He is my shepherd; A shepherd is one who watches over His people, He is a protector, He provides guidance, we are His sheep, He takes care of us. While I know for a fact that we can sometime cause the circumstances in life by our poor choices that has absolutely nothing to do with the Lord being our shepherd. I have preached and will continue to preach and teach until Jesus comes that our unwise, unthoughtful not really consulting the Lord about our choices can develop into circumstances and situations that will cause irreversible decisions that we will have to live with until we decide to change our ways and take our wills off the thorn and put Gods will for us in its place.

Can God intervene and change the course of life that we have set for ourselves, of course; ofttimes the paths that we are on was never the plans of the Master for us, however, we must be willing to allow Him entrance. We must ask ourselves, whose will do we want? Ours or His? Because we are sheep in the need of a shepherd, it would be wise for us to allow ourselves to be led. Oftentimes we think that we know where we are going and how to get there, so we tend not to consult anyone or listen to our GPS and it speaks turn by turn instructions. We do the same thing with God. He will give us an instruction and a naysayer will come to confuse what was said or how it was supposed to be done and we change our course. We begin to doubt, faint, wonder, analyze, worry or fear that maybe just maybe God did not speak to me after all. However, it is written; For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. ( Isa. 55:8-KJV) God does and will give instructions that may or may not line up with what we think or feel; therefore we must allow Him to be our shepherd. Let’s not make the mistake of being led by anyone else. The Lord is my shepherd, “I Shall Not Want”.

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