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Hot off the press. Today, I want to share a nugget that the Holy Spirit dropped in my heart during my prayer and study time.
Most of us have heard about Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want and so on. Because Psalm 23 has become so common, I believe that we underestimate the power of the first verse. I personally prefer the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition. It gives us a much more precise and clearer picture of what God wants us to understand about our Great Shepherd.
Psalm 23:1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
However, even with the Amplified version, we can miss the literal “richness” of what our Great Shepherd has provided for us. I think we can agree that it is great that we will have no lack. It is wonderful that our Great Shepherd feeds, guides and shields us. Truly we could spend hours discussing the awesome ramifications of being feed, guided and shielded by our Great Shepherd.
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What the Holy Spirit illuminated to me today was how the second half of John 10:10 ties into Psalms 23:1.
John 10:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).
If you tied these two verses together, this is what it would say:
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. Even more than that, my Great Shepherd, Jesus has given me an enjoyable life. He has given me a life of abundance – to the full, till it overflows!
I think that if we take Psalms 23:1 at face value we miss that Jesus not only takes care of us and guides us. He guides us into an abundant overflowing life that he has designed for our enjoyment!!! He is the God of more than enough!!!
Jesus guides us through His Word. That is why it is so important that we know what His Word says so that we can walk in the fullness of it. You cannot take advantage of what you do not know. As John 10:10 says, satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. If satan cannot keep you from receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then he tries to keep you from knowing and walking in the fullness of so great a salvation.
I encourage you to spend time in God’s Word daily. Take time to meditate on it so that it becomes life and life more abundantly to you.
What is the take away here? Jesus not only wants to provide for your “needs”, but Jesus want to provide exceedingly, superabundantly, far over and above all you dare ask or think. Infinitely beyond your highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams. He does this according to His power that is at work within you. (Ephesians 3:20 AMPC)
Jesus generously, lovingly cares for you and has made provision for your “wants” – not just your “needs”. It is the enemy that tells you that it wrong to ask for what you want, not Jesus. Jesus desires for you to enjoy an overflowing, superabundant life! Receive His abundance today!
I just heard the Holy Spirit say that it is imperative that you receive His abundance and overflow so that you can overflow onto and into others. God’s Word is always about more than just blessing you. It is about what God wants to do through you. You are blessed to be a blessing!
Blessed to be a Blessing,
Pastor Becky Cain
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