by Benjamin Munsell on March 8, 2019
The Lord is my shepherd; I SHALL NOT WANT. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: HE LEADETH me beside the still waters. HE RESTORETH my soul: HE LEADETH 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 thou art with me; thy ROD and thy STAFF they COMFORT ME. Thou preparest a table before me IN THE PRESENCE OF mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me ALL THE DAYS of my life: and I WILL DWELL IN the house of THE LORD FOR EVER. Psalm 23:1-6. This is A Lifetime of adventure, of Growth in the Lord, a Learning Curve of Growing in Obedience to the Leading of the Holy Spirit. We've pretty much all heard this Psalm in full or in part sometime during our lives. Maybe in church, or overheard when passing Grandma's room during her Prayer Time. Years ago, this was taught in school. OK, that's all well and good, BUT TODAY, DO WE BELIEVE IT? Are we growing in CHRISTLIKENESS, are we walking FEARLESSLY, no matter what or who comes our way, anytime, everytime, all the time? This is a wakeup call to do a self-checkup, just you and the Lord, to see how you're doing. Go through these verses one by one, piece by piece, even word by word, and ask the Holy Spirit to make these things not only Real TO you, but Real IN you. It's OK if you don't "see" yourself Growing in all these things, as long as you have a Heart to allow the Holy Spirit to work on, grind, dig, cut, burn, and Wash Off the deeds of flesh, self, and the old man nature. Will it hurt? Yes. Will it cost you everything? Yes. And in the end of all things, will you be Like Christ? YES, YES, AND YES. (Are you ready for this)? ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO "TRIBULATIONIZE" YOU RIGHT STRAIGHT INTO HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND PURITY, straight through the Jaws of Death, through the Gates of Hell, straight into the Arms Of Christ, HERE ON THIS SIDE, and you WILL, Be Blessed.