Made to Thrive – January 29th, 2017

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, 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 runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Psalm 23 NKJV

I. He makes me to lie down in green pastures…
A. “Life is not cotton candy and gummy bears.” (John 10:7-10).
“He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.”
B. “In your presences…” (Psalm 16:11).
“is the fullness of joy…”

II. He leads me beside the still waters…
A. “Situation is not a prerequisite for thriving.” (I Corinthians 7:17-24).
“Remain with God in the state in which you were called.”
B. “I have suffered the loss of all things…” (Philippians 3:3-11).
“and count them as rubbish.”

III. He restores my soul…
A. “If my soul needs soup…” (Galatians 2:20)
“Christ is the secret ingredient.”
B. “He is before all things…” (Colossians 1:15-23)
“in Him all things consist.”
C. “if anyone is in Christ…” (II Corinthians 5:14-21)
“he is a new creation.”

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