17
Feb
17

Heaven Forever

Good Friday morning to you! The twenty-third psalm ends on such a hopeful note. David concludes with,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. – Psalm 23:6b (ESV)

This is something to get excited about! We are going to live in Heaven forever. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, He gives us the promise of eternal life with God. God’s goodness and faithful love are ours throughout our time on earth and we get to enjoy being in His presence forever in Heaven. The Bible tells us that Heaven is a place where there is no weeping or mourning or pain. Imagine never hurting again in any way. No more illness or disease and that includes mental illness and depression. No more cancer. No more knee or back pain. No more migraines or fibromyalgia. No more heartache or emotional pain. No more addictions or struggles with sin. There will be no more death. We will truly be free to enjoy the presence of Jesus forever. Amen.
16
Feb
17

Goodness And Mercy

Good Thursday morning to you! As David reflected on his fellowship with the Lord, he realized something. This fellowship would never end. Why? Because of God’s love and goodness.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life – Psalm 23:6a (ESV)

The word for mercy is a word that means loyal love. It’s a love that means a faithful covenant kind of love. David’s confidence in God as his Shepherd comes from God’s love and goodness. God is good, my friends. Sometimes that is hard to believe. But when we think about the cross, we can know and believe that God is good. Jesus went to the cross because of God’s goodness and mercy. Bad things happened to Jesus so good things could happen for us. The love of God sent Jesus to the cross. Nothing can change God’s love for you. It is yours all the days of your life. So enjoy His goodness and love today and tomorrow and forever.
15
Feb
17

Honored Guests

Good Wednesday morning to you! In David’s day, if you went to a banquet like the one he described in Psalm 23:5, they would anoint the heads of honored guests with oil. He says that God does the same for him.
…you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5b (ESV)

In God’s presence, David is treated like a VIP. David is not an outsider. He’s not treated as his sins deserve. No, David is an honored guest in the presence of the Lord. Not only does God treat him like a VIP, but God abundantly provides for David. David’s cup is filled to overflowing with blessings from God. The next time you feel worthless or unimportant, remember that God invites you to His banquet table where you are a VIP. You are a special guest in His presence. He’ll never reject you when you come to Him. He’s glad you’re there.
14
Feb
17

Dining With The Lord

David switches gears from a sheep to the guest of honor at a banquet given by God.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies – Psalm 23:5a (ESV)

David’s enemies have surrounded him, but God has led him through the valley of the shadow of death. God has led him to a place of safety and security. Now, at this place, God has prepared for him a banquet where all his enemies can do is look on in annoyed frustration. God is protecting David and He is blessing David. If you have enemies, remember that Jesus tells us that we must love them and pray for them. We need to let God deal with our enemies as we patiently wait for that banquet to be prepared. God will protect us and provide for us as He has promised to do. Your enemies will have to look on at your prosperity as God takes care of you.
13
Feb
17

Victory

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is about Jesus’ Resurrection and is based on 1 Corinthians 15.

13
Feb
17

Protection And Correction

A good shepherd not only provided for his sheep, but he would also protect them and keep them in line. To do this, he had two devices at his disposal: the rod and the staff. The rod was used for protection and the staff was used to keep the sheep from wandering away.

your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4b (ESV)

Notice that David finds comfort in them because with these two implements, the sheep know that they are safe. God will not only protect us from all of the forces of evil, but as our loving Shepherd, He can also keep us from wandering away. He is always looking out for us as He guides us safely home. Remember that your Shepherd cares for you and He is able to protect you and correct you. May you take great comfort in the presence and care of your Shepherd today.
10
Feb
17

He Is With Us

Good Friday morning to you! As David continued in the 23rd Psalm, he wrote:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me… – Psalm 23:4a (ESV)

Even in the valley of death’s shadow, David would not fear. Though surrounded by enemies who wanted to take his life, David would not be afraid of those who sought to do him harm. Why? Because God was with him. God never left his side. God was David’s protector. Just as a shepherd protected his sheep, God protects the sheep of His flock. If you’re afraid of those who may seek to harm you, remember that God is your shepherd and that He will always be with you. He will guide you, provide for you and protect you. He never stops watching over you. There is no reason to be afraid for He is with us.



%d bloggers like this: