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
This Bible study focuses on encouraging individuals and families to live their life to please God. We are designed to live our life serving others utilizing God’s code of ethics.
Deuteronomy 11:8-21, and Matthew 5:1-12
Points to Ponder
- God expects His family to obey his Commandments (Deut 11:8).
- When you obey God’s commands, He will give you the strength to persevere in achieving His will for you and your family and you will be blessed (Deut 11:9-12).
- You must be faithful to God’s words in order to be blessed (Deut 11:13-15).
- You must not turn from God’s commands if you want to maintain your blessings (Deut 11:16-18).
- God expects you and your family to maintain a daily walk with Him as you live your life (Deut 11: 18-21).
- As a Christian, you have the responsibility to teach your family the truth. (Matt. 5:1-2).
- You must maintain your faith regardless of your position or economic condition. (Matt.5:3).
- Jesus assures you that during your mourning He will bring you comfort (Matt. 5:4).
- When you are humble as a believer, you will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5).
- If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled by the Word of God (Matt. 5:6).
- If you show mercy to others, Jesus will swarm you with His mercy (Matt. 5:7).
- If you maintain a pure heart through repentance, you will see God face to face (Matt. 5:8).
- Jesus wants you to assist others in resolving their conflicts and issues, Be a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9).
- If you persevere during persecution, you will see the Kingdom of God (Matt. 5:10).
- You must not allow insults, persecution and false accusations to keep you from righteousness because Jesus will reward you for your faithfulness (Matt. 5:11-12).
Something to Consider
In the Old Testament, God gives us an example of how the family of God should serve him. As the Hebrew people prepared to enter the promised land, they were taught and given commands to follow in order to be successful in the promised land. There were several things that God asked families to do:
- Love the Lord your God
- Serve the Lord with all your hearts and with all your soul
- Fix God’s words in your heart and mind
- Tie God’s words as symbols around your hands
- Bind God’s words around your foreheads
- Teach God’s words to your children
- Talk about God’s words when you sit at home
- Talk about God’s words when you walk along the road
- Write God’s words on the door frames of your home
- Write God’s words on your gates
God gave His family simple commands to follow in order for them to be blessed because of their faithfulness. Jesus echoes similar words in the New Testament but Jesus focused on the heavenly kingdom and His desire for you and your family to live a righteous life on earth.
You and your family may have faced many issues that were difficult to handle yet you are still alive today to talk about them and to work on solving the remaining issues. Jesus has promised you and your family blessings when you follow His beatitudes or His Code of Ethics for Christian Families.
If you or your family are in the following conditions:
- Poor in spirit
- Hungering and thirsting for righteousness
- Pure in heart
- A peacemaker
- Persecuted because of righteousness
- Falsely accused
Do not fear, Jesus is here and He lives in your heart. You have the Holy Spirit as your comforter. If you are in the above conditions, you will receive the following rewards for your faithfulness:
- The Kingdom of heaven
- You will be comforted
- You will inherit the earth
- You will be filled
- You will be shown mercy
- You will see God
- You will be called the sons of God
- You will have greater rewards in heaven
Therefore, it is very critical for the family to remain faithful in teaching and living the word of God. He expects each individual within the family to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. Jesus has given you wonderful tools and strategies to maintain your faith. You must believe and live by the Code of Ethics for Christian Families.
Written By Mr. Wisdom
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