The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23 NKJV
“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.”

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* A shepherd is someone who takes care of and protects. Jesus is truly our shepherd. He is our guide, He directs our path, and He protects us and cares for us.

* A shepherd protects his sheep even at his own expense. Jesus laid down His physical life so that we can have eternal life.

* A shepherd puts the best interest of the sheep above his own.

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John 10:11-16 NKJV
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father, and I lay down My life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

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1. When Jesus is my Shepherd I have no fear.
2. When Jesus is my Shepherd I have abundance.
3. When Jesus is my Shepherd I have peace and calmness.
4. When Jesus is my Shepherd my soul is restored.
5. When Jesus is my Shepherd He leads me through the dark places.
6. When Jesus is my Shepherd He is always with me.
7. When Jesus is my Shepherd I can rejoice always.
8. When Jesus is my Shepherd I experience an abundant amount of mercy and goodness.
9. With Jesus as my shepherd I have the promise of eternal life.

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Dear Lord,
I thank-you for all that You do for me. I have no want because You provide for me in abundance. With You as my Shepherd I have no fear. Peace and calmness surround me and my soul is restored. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me, when going through dark places, to remember that You are with me. May I rejoice always for mercy and goodness follow me always. And most of all, I thank-you for the promise of eternal life that You have given me.
In Your precious name, Amen.

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