The psalmist David looked ahead to Jesus and said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). And Jesus said of Himself, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:14).
We are living in Psalm 23 right now. It belongs to us as believers in Jesus Christ. It is more than a beautiful scripture passage. David was prophesying when he said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I like to say it this way: “The Lord is my shepherd; I do not want.”
Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Our Heavenly Father knows our needs. Jesus demonstrated that while on earth. Twice He fed a multitude. He gave Peter a great catch of fish and turned water into wine. Jesus healed every sick person who came to Him.
That is my Lord, my Shepherd. I can say, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I do not want.”
The high priestly ministry of Jesus meets every need of the believer from the moment he is born again until he is ushered into God’s presence.
Christ has provided abundant life for every man, woman, and child. He has liberated sinners. He took our sinful nature upon Himself when He went to the cross. And He is not holding our sins against us anymore.
What sends people to hell is not something like lying, stealing, or cheating. It is rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ.
Second Corinthians 5:19 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says, “It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them].”
Some might argue, “If Christ isn’t holding our sins against us, we will automatically be saved.”
No, we must willingly make Jesus our Lord and Savior. Humanity was born in sin and must be born again in Christ. Jesus is not interested in holding our sins against us. He is interested in drawing us to Himself.
God is not against or mad at sinners. What sends people to hell is not something like lying, stealing, or cheating. It is rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ’s saving grace is available to everyone. But to know Him as our Good Shepherd, we must first receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
Have you been born again? Do you know Jesus as your Savior, your Lord, and your Good Shepherd? If you do not, simply pray the following prayer from your heart:
God, I come to You in Jesus’ Name. I admit that I have sinned and come short of Your standard. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to pay the price for my sins.
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. I ask You to be my Savior and Lord. And I trust You to be my Good Shepherd and provide everything I need. Through You, I receive God’s free gift of eternal life. Thank You for saving me!
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Kenneth E. Hagin
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