What Do You Lack?

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I lack nothing. – Psalm 23:1 (NIV).

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I lack nothing.

What does this mean?

We know that a shepherd cares for sheep.  The Bible refers to us as sheep.  We are the sheep for which the Lord is caring.

What does a shepherd do exactly?  He feeds the sheep.  He leads the sheep.  He carries the sheep when they are wounded.  He leaves the other sheep to look the one who is lost.  He protects the sheep against wolves and other predators.

When we look to Jesus, as our Good Shepherd, we lack nothing.

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear because the Father knows that we need these things (Matthew 6:25).

Isaiah 48:17 says that the Lord teaches us to profit and leads us in the way we should go.

Psalm 147:3 tells us the He binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.  Jeremiah 30:17 maintains that He heals us of our wounds.

Psalm 91 shows His protection against our enemies.

Luke 15:4 explains how He leaves the ninety-nine sheep to find the one who is lost.

Jesus indeed is our Good Shepherd.  He cares for us.  He takes care of us.

Unlike sheep, though, we cannot do nothing and let Him do all the work.   We must cooperate.  We must work with Him.

We do our part, such as working to make money and giving Him our first fruits for Him to multiply.

We give Him our little, and watch Him create miracles out of very little.

We have to do our part, then God will do His.

When we meditate on Him our Shepherd, though, we see that He is our Healer, He is our Provider, He is our Protector, but, above all, He is our Savior.  He is our Everything.  Everything we will ever need.  He wants to be those things in our lives…if we will just let Him.

Bring all your lack to Jesus, and watch Him perform miracles on your behalf.  All you have to do is believe.

Is Your Soul Prospering?

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. – III John 2 (KJV).

Look at this verse carefully.

Today we have people preaching health and wealth.  Both are not wrong.  God does want us healthy and to have enough money in order to do what He has called us to do: to be a blessing to others.

However, there is a hitch here.  God wants us to be prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper.  The key to being healthy, the key to having enough to be a blessing to others, is soul prosperity.

What is the soul?  It is your mind, will and emotions.

We will only be in health and prosper to the extent that we have surrender those things to God and allowed Him to help us in those areas.

God never expects us to get our minds, wills and emotions right on our own.  He is only asking that we surrender them to Him and allow Him to do a work in those areas of our lives.  A lot of times it is a daily, even moment by moment process.  The key is to work with Him and not against Him.

Have you surrendered them to Him today?

What Are You Meditating On?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

What are you meditating on? When storms come in your life, when you feel overwhelmed, when you are depressed, you have to look at what you are meditating on? What are you thinking about? What are you reading? What are you listening to?

I find that the times I get overwhelmed and slip into bad depression are the times when I have taken my eyes off the Cross, off what Jesus has done for me. Those times are when I am meditating on everything that is wrong in my life…and with me.

I purposely reset my thinking, reprogram my mind. I start listening to positive music, sermons and begin declaring the Word over my life again.

It is then, when I start meditating on the good, that I feel “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

I challenge you to meditate on the good and not the bad in life, on how good our God truly is today.

Whose Fighting For You?

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13–14

Lately I have had to meditate on this Scripture a lot and read it repeatedly in my devotional time.

Life seemed to be fighting me from all ends, but I have learned a secret to letting God fight my battles.

It may be the secret to the whole Christian life.

The secret is…drum roll please…surrender.

I know such an awful word, but it is a necessary truth.

When we surrender our fears, when we surrender our plans, when we surrender what we expect to happen, and we leave it in God’s Hands, we see God fight our battles.

Most of the time, though, we are fighting God for control. We pray prayers like, “Lord, if You will just work it out like this…”

It is when we surrender that God moves on our behalf to work everything out for our good. It is then that God will bring His Will to pass in our lives. His Will instead of ours. It is when we pray “Not my will but Yours be done” or “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I choose to trust You,” that we see God fight our battles for us.

Whose fighting your battles today? You or God?