…if My God supplies all my needs according to HIS riches in Glory? That same Good Shepherd tells me, as His sheep, that I won’t have reason to want anything because he makes me rest in lush green pastures where I can feast whenever I want. Now, how great is that?
The God I love promises to take care of me… even when I walk through the valley of the SHADOW of death. Not sure anyone has ever died from a SHADOW! Fear may take you out, but not the shadow!
So, do we believe that what God says is TRUE… or do we doubt His Word and call Him a liar? Not sure any of us want to be accused of that, but we often do it without realizing it. Sometimes, what we cannot explain in the natural, takes on a life of its own and we ignore God’s Word and accuse Him of bringing the mess to test our faith! UGH!
Look at the Garden of Eden? Anything “yucky” there before a certain serpent had a conversation with Eve? NO! The YUCK comes from the serpent and all that he represents! He likes nothing better than to have us blame God for the sickness, poverty and lack in our lives.
God’s Word talks about the coming Messiah in Isa_53:5,and says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we ARE healed.” Healed in the Hebrew means to cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, cure thoroughly, make whole.
With the lashes that Jesus took before His crucifixion, we ARE set free of sin and all that it carries with it, but are we willing to believe the Word of God, or do we instead believe the word of the banker or the “label” from the doctor? Fact may say that we’re ready to lose our home or we’ve contracted something, but I choose not to make a banker or a doctor my god.
God says I’m to have no other gods before Him, so His Word always supercedes the word of anyone else. AND, according to Ephesians 1, if we are part of the Body of Christ, He is the Head, we are the Body and all things are under His feet. Are the feet part of the Body? YES! THEN EVERYTHING IS UNDER OUR FEET AS WELL!!! GOD gave us that position!
The entire passage is a prayer from Paul to the church at Ephesus… and to us as well! It reads,
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (KJV)
My prayer is this prayer for each of us! May we grasp the WHOLE truth… that God is a loving and GOOD God ALL the time and that His enemy, the father of lies, (John 8:44) wants us to believe otherwise. There is NOTHING to fear when we allow God to be our GOOD Shepherd. He truly loves each of His sheep!
May the Holy Spirit truly lead us to see and experience the whole Truth, through Jesus, who is “…the way, the truth and the life…!”(John 14:6)