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He did it for me and He'll do it for you...


These past few weeks I’ve been so tempted to worry about a situation.  One thing I've really worked on through prayer and other spiritual disciplines is living fearlessly. This situation was looking bleak and I was starting to slipping into some worry.  

Recently I began a new personal study that I’ve been doing on the 23rd Psalm.  I am doing extensive study on each and every line from this chapter.  And the second phrase is, “I shall not want.”  This has many connotations – one is that anything I truly have need of I will not lack.  The Shepherd will provide for me.  Do I truly trust Him and do I believe that? 

Thoughts kept bombarding my mind.  I would even be talking to other people about completely different subjects and the enemy would pelt my mind with this thing.  He would say, "what about this? Do you think God is going to come through for you?"  I have been studying Psalm 23 and reading Dr. Caroline Leaf's book about toxic thoughts.  Every time I had a thought about this worrisome situation I kept counteracting it by saying, “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”   

The situation seemed huge to me and I had frustration that it might not be taken care of, at least any time soon.  And I desperately needed it to be.  Last week I’ve been reciting that one line from Psalm 23 and "canceled" thoughts in my head that were taunting, "maybe this is going to go unresolved for months.  Lo and behold the other night out of the blue someone told me it was taken care of.  Immediate relief flooded my spirit.

My point concerning Psalm 23 and the "cancel, cancel, cancel" is that I have been more content, happier, and able to have peace reciting that line back to my brain when it wanted to stray to doubtful thoughts that God would take care of me.  God will do the same for you!!!

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Melissa said…
Thinking I need to get my hands on this book! Would love to hear your teachings on it. Are you going to be pod casting it? I love your pod casts!

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