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  • Pastor Bode Olutunda

The Shepherd's Leading

Scripture: Psalm 23; Psalm 143:1-12


In Psalm 23, we are introduced to Jesus as our good shepherd. The Shepherd of shepherds, the one who leads with unmatched wisdom and unwavering devotion.


Attributes of a Shepherd:

  1. Finding Nourishment (Matthew 14:15-20): Just as Jesus fed the multitude with compassion and abundance, the shepherd leads us to green pastures where our souls are nourished and satisfied.

  2. Leading the Way (Psalm 37:23-24): The Lord, our Shepherd, tenderly holds our hand, guiding us through life's intricate paths, ensuring that we do not stumble and fall.

  3. Guiding the Journey (John 10:27-29): Like a shepherd leading his sheep, Jesus directs our steps, accompanying us on our journey and protecting us from harm.

  4. Providing Safety (Psalm 27:5): In the shelter of His wings, we find refuge and security amidst life's storms and trials.

  5. Granting Rest (Isaiah 26:3): In the Shepherd's embrace, we discover rest for our weary souls, finding solace and rejuvenation in His presence.

As we reflect on these profound truths, let us heed the call to follow our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, wholeheartedly. Let us not be swayed by the blind guides of this world, but instead, fix our gaze upon the Good Shepherd who leads us with wisdom and grace.


Proclamation: With unwavering faith, let us proclaim: "You will finish well in Jesus' name!" For in Christ, we find the strength to overcome every trial and the assurance of victory.


Nuggets for Spiritual Growth:

  1. Humility over Hubris: Let us forsake the path of arrogance and embrace humility, knowing that pride leads to destruction (Proverbs 14:12).

  2. Guard against Greed: Money, though necessary, should never become the focus of our lives. Let us seek first the Kingdom of God, knowing that true riches are found in Him (1 Timothy 6:10).

  3. Cultivate Contentment: In a world of discontentment, let us learn to be content with what we have, knowing that godliness with contentment is of great gain (Philippians 4:11-12).

  4. Listen to the Shepherd's Voice: May we attune our ears to the voice of our Shepherd, discerning His guidance amidst the noise of the world (John 10:4-5).

  5. Embrace Correction: Let us welcome correction and admonition, knowing that through it, we grow in wisdom and maturity (Proverbs 12:1; Revelation 3:19).


Prayer

Heavenly Father, strengthen our resolve to follow You wholeheartedly. Grant us the grace to heed Your voice and walk in Your ways. May Your presence be our constant companion as we journey through life. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


As we step into a new week, may the blessings of the Lord rest upon you abundantly. Remain steadfast in faith, trusting in the guidance of our Shepherd who leads us beside still waters and restores our souls.


Remain blessed and encouraged,


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