Tuesday, March 13, 2007

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD....I SHALL NOT WANT

"There is nothing -- No circumstance, No trouble, No testing that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ. Right through to me if it has come that far. It has come with great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment - but as I refuse to panic, as I lift my eyes up to Him and accept it as come from His throne for some great blessing of purpose of blessing to my heart. No sorrow will disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the Joy of what my Lord is - that is the rest of Victory." Unknown - on I Cor 15:57

God never promises that the righteous will not suffer. But what He does promise regarding suffering is something glorious. He promises that He will walk through the suffering with us and give us the grace and strength to deal with it victoriously. In Psalm 23 He says: "I will walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death." In Isaiah 43 He says: "I will pass with you through the high waters and will walk with you through the fire."' - Dr. David Reagan

"God uses suffering to purge sin from our lives, strengthen our commitment to Him, force us to depend on grace, bind us together with other believers, produce discernment, foster sensitivity, discipline our minds, spend our time wisely, stretch our hope, cause us to know Christ better, make us long for truth, lead us to repentance of sin, teach us to give thanks in time of sorrow, increase faith, and strengthen character." Joni Eareckson Tada



"God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter . First Peter 4:12 says, "Beloved, do not think it is strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing has happened to you...." Rise to the occasion - - do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body. May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality - - a readiness to face anything He sends our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father; and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and pored out wine with which to feed and nourish others." Oswald Chambers


The LORD Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters. Rev. 7.17
3 He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths
of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death,I will fear no evil: for thou
art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies:thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of
the LORD for ever.


Cristina

3 comments:

luvvom said...

Amen, Cristian. I praise Him for His mercy and thank Him that He gave us the 23rd Psalm and others like it. Sobering quotes! Puts complaining in its place.

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Sarah,
Me too. God is so good to us.I am going to listen to the mesage on you rlog tonight. It has been such a busy busy week,I'm drained and it the week is not even over yet ... I need to hear a good message...looking foward to it.

Cristina

luvvom said...

Cristina,
I just wanted you to know that I was having a difficult time the other day because of some doctrine flowing from a famous source I held in high regard. The enemy was using their thinking to attack me, once again, on the promises we claim through Christ who gave them to ALL His children. I was praying fervently when all of the sudden this post came back into my mind...thank you!