How to Move from Stress to Rest

SERIES – A Personal Verse for a Public Virus – The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-2 KJV

1     The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2     He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJ – You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

I. The Nature of the Sheep

Sheep are:

  1. Dependent
  2. Directionless
  3. Distracted

Isaiah 53:6 CEV – All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the Lord gave him the punishment we deserved.

  • Defenseless
  • Dumb

Matthew 9:36 CEV – When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them. They were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

II. The Nurture of the Shepherd

  1. The Security of the Shepherd
  2. The Sufficiency of the Shepherd
  3. The Serenity of the Shepherd

Psalm 23:2 CEV – You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water

Phillip Keller’s List of Things to Be Eliminated for Sheep to get Rest

  1. Fear
  2. Friction
  3. Frustration

III. The Nurser of My Sleep

Psalm 121:4 NLT – Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

Realize your net worth

Enjoy what you already have

Settle your values

Trade your pressure for God’s peace

Psalm 46:10 KJV – Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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