THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

 

Texts>> John 10:1-5; Psalm 23

 

Greetings:

The theme of this year Harvest Anniversary in Christ Apostolic Mission Church (worldwide) is the word of the Psalmist (The Lord is my shepherd). That is a statement of assurance from someone who has great faith in whom he serves.

Lord means what? It means he who has authority control or power over others; the absolute governor; a master, chief, or ruler.

Who is the Lord? Phil 2: 11 says ‘… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

Shepherd means what? A person who tends, herds, feeds, guards, or watches over herds of sheep.

Some characteristics of a shepherd:

  • He loves his sheep—Isaiah 40:11.
  • He knows his sheep and calls them by name.
  • He leads them out and the sheep follow him
  • He makes his voice known to his sheep—so they know his voice and will follow him alone.
  • He feeds them and watches over them.
  • His love for his sheep makes him give his life for his sheep.

The Sheep

A sheep is an animal that is gentle and hardly disobeys its shepherd.

Sheep depend on the Shepherd for:

  • Protection (Psalm 3:6; Isaiah 43:2).
  • Leading>> the sheep looks up to the shepherd for direction to take.
  • Deliverance when it falls into the hands of the enemy (Luke 15:4; Mat. 18:12; Psalm 23:3, 4; Ezek. 34:11).
  • Discipline when it erred (Psalm 23:4b; Heb. 12:5-8).
  • Healing in time of sickness.
  • Adequate and quality food (Matt. 6:11; Psalm 23:2, 5).

The Lord is my shepherd, therefore I shall not lack good things (be it spiritual or material), for I know He cares for me. (Phil. 4:19).

But

  • Who is your shepherd?
  • Who do you belong to?
  • Whose voice do you listen/hearken to?

What to do:

  • Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Savior.
  • Know/recognize Him in all your way (John 10:4, 14).
  • Obey His instructions (1Sam. 15:22; Isaiah 1:19).
  • Allow Christ to lead you while you follow Him (John 10:4).
  • Identify His voice (John 10:3).
  • Believe the ability of the shepherd (Heb. 11:6).
  • Be ready to take corrections, submit your will to Him.
  • Abide in the fold (Gen 34:1).
  • Read, study and meditate on His words (1Peter 2:2; 2Tim. 2:15; Joshua 1:8).

The Good Shepherd is coming very soon to take His own back home as promised (John 14:1-3).

>>>BE PREPARED<<<

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