Jeremiah 29:11 GNTUK-EN
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even 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 overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Oh, my. This has got to be one of my favorite bible verses. Definitely. I bolded parts that personally stand out to me. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” The Lord provides! Amen! We have clothes on our backs, food to eat, Him to confide in, and sooo much more! How much more do we need, honestly? With God, we need nothing else. But God does provide us with numerous blessings, even despite our sinfulness.
”He restores my soul.” The Lord is Healer!! Amen! When we are broken down into pieces of, what we may consider, meaningless junk, the Lord calls us to Him. He calls us and he restores us with food and rest in Him. He weeps at our sorrows. He cries for our pains, and He is there to restore what once was dead with the life of the living God.
”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Ah, man… Jesus is Warrior! All he has to do is walk beside us and all evil things run away! If God only sees Jesus when He looks at us, then the demons must also see Jesus within us. When God is with us, we have nothing to fear, not demons or creatures or death itself has any hold on us at all. God has conquered it all, and it’s now our chance to start walking and living and believing that. We walk through so many valleys of the shadows of death in our lives. All of us do. Every single one of us. The only ones who make it out alive are the ones who put their whole faith and trust in the fact that Jesus is Conqueror. We literally have nothing to fear, ladies and gentleman! So start acting like it!
And, finally, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all of the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Amen! God is our caretaker. He blesses us with an overflow of his mercy and goodness and love. We will dwell in his castle forever as princes and princesses. He loves us ten times eternity and blesses us with uncountable displays of his goodness and his patience for us. It’s so amazing to “dwell”… to take that refreshing sigh of finality. “Finally, Lord. I am with you as you have been with me always. Oh Lord, there is literally no other place I would rather be. No other places that offers permanent restoration. Oh, God. Thank you so much.” Amen!!
For the first time, too :) man, is that guy inspirational. It’s so natural for us to feel bad for someone with a disability. But, I don’t know… he put a totally different perspective on it for me.
There was one thing he said that I know is going to stick with me. He kept on talking about how much he wanted arms and legs and how he thought he would just be perfectly happy if he had arms and legs…. Then, he looked out to the audience and said, “You guys have arms and legs. Are you guys perfectly happy?”
That’s gonna stay with me for a while… Because he gave an amazing view of the faultiness in the mindset of thinking “Oh, I would just be so happy if I just had ___.” I know I think that way. I always think that I would be just 10 times happier if I was skinny, and pretty, and didn’t have all of these scars on my legs. But I know hundreds of skinny, pretty girls with flawless legs, and none of them are perfectly happy. There’s definitely something that each of them wants that they think will make them “ten times happier.” It’s such an unending cycle. Seriously, when would that end? Never. We miss out on the beauties of God’s love and blessings in our lives by thinking soooo much about this world. Thinking how depressed I am because I’m not the perfect size and I don’t have the perfect face, when I should be thinking about the great blessing of friends I have, the hardworking parents I have, and God’s use for me in this world.
We literally take nothing with us from this life to heaven but our faith and love for God. Being skinnier, having arms and legs. Those things really don’t matter to God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Perfect in every aspect. Why change it but for the sake of use by God. Why? …. Such a great sermon… I was very moved and I can’t wait to get back out into the world :)
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