Jonah 3:1-10, Nahum 1:11; 2:12-13; 3:1,19; 3:4, 16
April 16, 2020
Psalm 23 English Standard Version
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
My favorite childhood scripture we had to memorize in church. It’s still applicable today during these difficult times.
We have a great responsibility to remember God’s words. Here are some keys words to focus on:
1. Green pastures
2. Still waters
5. Fear no evil
6. You are with me
7. Rod and staff comfort me
8. Table in the presence of my enemies
9. Anoint my head with oil
10. Cup overflows
11. Goodness and Mercy
12. Dwell, forever in the house
We can trust these ancient words as David did and his ancestors. Jesus has already prepared a place for his peoples until the earth is renewed to its original glory. Jesus will live with us on earth forever. Let’s work together until He returns to earth.
Prayer: Lord, I trust you to the fullest even if I loose everything. My faith will sustain me regardless of the difficulties of life but I trust you to give me strength to endure because I cannot do it alone.
In Jesus Name Amen
(c) Billy J. Strawter, Sr
Points to Ponder
This study focuses on God’s grace toward those of us that make wrong choices and sin against God because of our selfish desires. Learn how God’s grace give us an opportunity to change from our sinful ways.
- God wants to enlighten you with mysteries to share with others (Ephesians 3:1-3).
- The more you read the Word of God, the more you will be connected to Him and understand the plans He has for you (Ephesians 3:4-5).
- You are adopted into the family of Israel because of your faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:6).
- You have received salvation because of God’s divine grace (Ephesians 3:7-9).
- God expects you to make His divine grace known to others by your righteous acts (Ephesians 3:10-11).
- Because of God’s grace, you have direct access and freedom to express your concerns or issues (Ephesians 3:12).
- You must not be discouraged when God’s people suffer because their suffering might reveal Christ to others (Ephesians 3:13)
- God’s grace has given you access to the Holy Spirit, unconditional love & power to glorify his name (Ephesians 3:14-22).
Something to Consider
Sometimes it difficult for people to understand the meaning of divine grace. Grace simply means unearned favor from God. For example, God’s grace was extended to Paul by allowing him to understand many mysteries not revealed to others and to preach the gospel to the gentiles. God freely gives his love to you even though you didn’t earn it.
God gave His only son to die on the cross for the world even though the world wasn’t worthy. If you are reading this now, God grace has been extended to you as well because you are alive to see , read and understand these words. Please reflect on how many times you have almost been in a car accident, potentially died of an illness, lost a job and God’s divine grace gave you many more chances.
God’s divine grace will never fail and you must extend your grace to others who might not deserve your love or mercy. Then you will be amazed at the joy and peace you will have in your life. You are a light for Christ and your light is a ray of sunshine that will attract others to Him. Always remember that God’s divine grace does not mean you can continue to sin or make wrong choices. There are always consequences when you are out of the will of God.
Written by Mr. Wisdom
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