“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
(Psalms 23, NIV)
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He laid down His life for the sheep allowing us to walk in green pastures and beside the still waters as we have the knowledge that we will, as believers, spend eternity with Him.
“I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11, NIV)
But Love Heart, there is more to this journey than just accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. We must follow…
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24, NIV)
If we want to be among the Good Shepherd’s sheep we must take up the cross, deny those things that cause us to wander, and follow Him.
It’s a daily choice…it’s a discipline…it’s walking in Christ strength and not our own. ~Debra