Wednesday, May 02, 2007

PSALMS 23

The LORD Is My Shepherd

23The 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. 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 anointestmy 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.

"Nothing can happen to you outside the parameters of the sovereign hands of God. The question Christians need to ask is not how can I get away from suffering but the key is why did my loving heavenly Father allow this? A wrong response to pain, trouble, suffering, sorrow and failure is a lack of trust in God's sovereignty over every area of your life. Understand the goal of suffering is to make us more Christlike." Kimber Kauffman, pastor College Park Baptist Church, Indpls, IN

"In times of trouble say, First: He brought me here ; it is by His will I am in this strait place: In that I will rest. Next: He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child. Then: He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow. Last: In His good time He can bring me out again - how and when He knows. Say: I am here (1) by God's appointment (2) in His keeping (3) under His training (4) for His time." Andrew Murray

"Only good things come from God's hands. He never gives you more than you can bear. Every burden prepares you for eternity." Basilea Schlink

"As long as I trace my pain to accident, my bereavement to mistake, my loss to another's wrong, my discomfort to an enemy, and so on, I am of the earth, earthly...but when I rise to my God and see His hand at work, I grow calm. "Cast thy burden on the Lord" is a precept which it will be easy to practice, when you see that the burden originally came from God. Charles Spurgeon

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

Take comfort brothers and sisters, He is right there with us always...

Cristina

7 comments:

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I so much agree with all you have said. I should know after this last week of pain. God's only purpose and plan for our lives is to make us more like His son. I really appreciated all those who prayed on my behalf. It meant the world to me. connie from Texas

Bluecollar said...

Cristina, you have quite a ministry here. I sense that you have the gift of mercy.

Thanks for putting this post together.

Mark

luvvom said...

These are wonderful quotes. I feel as though I'm losing ground in the fight against sin, so these are really an encouragement to me...thank you!

Beverly said...

Cristina,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am so glad I found yours. I loved your words on Psalm 23. I really love the quote you shared with us by Andrew Murray. Precious words!

Pam said...

Nothing is better than Psalm 23 when you are going through difficult or sad times! You shared some wonderful things here. Thank you. Still remembering your dad's recovery in my prayers. Will you continue praying for my dad's as well?

Baptist Girl said...

Dear Connie,
I will keep you in my prayers.

Hi Mark,
Thank you for your kind words.

Sarah,
I'm glad thoe words encouraged you sis.

Hi Beverly,
welcome and I really enjoyed your site. I love the music.


Hey Pam,
thank you for praying for my dad. And I woll be honored to keep praying for you dad. I was soppose to go over to my parents this wekend but Jim and I both have colds and We can not take the chance to give it to my dad, so hopefully next weeked, God willing.
My thoughts and prayers are with your sister for tomorrow.

Cristina

Angela said...

THank you for your transparency! It is refreshing and convicting! Angela