Psalm 23:1-6 (NLT) The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3He renews my strength. He guides me along rightpaths, bringing honor to his name. 4Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for youare close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
You may ask, how is it that He promises that He will be our comfort and safety and look at all the problems, It tells me that even though I go through darkness that I will fear no evil….. So, what is happening here?
Let me begin by saying; This is why in the Old Testament He is always telling us to choose life. In the midst of all circumstances we must choose what we will yield to. This victory only comes or happens as we submit ourselves to God resist the devil and then he will flees.
He flees because he (the devil) can see that we are no longer dependent on ourselves but in Christ who has already defeated him! DID YOU HEAR THAT? CHRIST HAS ALREADY DEFEATED HIM!
When we surrender to Him, the anointing or the anointed one that is in us comes and produces the victory.
AGAIN THE ONE WHO IS IN US, WE DON’T HAVE TO GO LOOKING FOR HIM! This all happens through faith.
1 Peter 1:6-9 (NLT) 6[So be truly glad.] [There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.] 7[These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.] The example I can give you is the one I gave my mother, when we do not know God, we are like a house that is falling apart and destroyed. But He purchased us with a price, the price of His precious BLOOD and now, He will start tarring down and building up. He wants to make us that beautiful bride!
The Word of God also tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord will deliver us out of them all! Anyone that knows God understands that the fire comes, the floods come. Jesus himself said they would! This is how that old nature is destroyed, but it only happens with our permission or our faith and trust in Him. When we choose to believe, we are saying yes to Him (Jesus).
As we put to work that faith that we have in His promises, we will not be defeated. Every press that we go through will enable God to show himself mighty in our lives and more of His character and life will be seen in us. Trials are not there to defeat us, but to show more and more to us and to the World His greatness, as we trust and believe.
1 Peter 1:4-5 (NLT) 4[and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.] 5[And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.]
1 Peter 2:10 (NLT) 10“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
Mercy – 1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner. 2. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy. 3. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty. 4. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor: She has performed countless small mercies for her friends and neighbors. 5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing: It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened.
What does this tell us? That no matter what we have done if we repent and hold on to the work of the Cross, we will receive what He has promised.
Nahaam wanted some hocus pocus to happen when he went to see the prophet, instead he was told to jump in dirty water. He got offended by this and almost lost his healing.
Genesis 50:20 (NLT) 20You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
It Is Finished!