The Lord Our Shepherd Part – 2

Psalm 23:1 —– The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Shepherd loves us and wants to do good things in our life but is unable to do it until we give Him control. The devil on the other hand is merciless and only delights in torturing people through negative thoughts.

No matter what we are going through we must realise that if we make Jesus the Shepherd of our life we must no longer focus on negative thoughts. Our focus should be ONLY on the promises in the Word of God.

You may be thinking, I just can’t help it…I wish I could believe and not doubt. But the truth is, you can! God wouldn’t tell us to believe in Him if it wasn’t possible for us to do it. We can defeat doubt and unbelief if we know how to do it.

So how do we do it? How do we believe God and live by faith? Romans 10:17 tells us how: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The key here is the Word of God. We need to love the Word of God and go after it like we go after food when we’re really hungry. When we’re hungry, we’ll usually do what we need to do to get food.

God’s Word is medicine for our soul and the food we need to keep our spirit strong. It has inherent power to change our lives when it is mixed with faith. As you study and speak the Word, be sure to also talk about the good things God has done and not the problems.Decide to doubt your doubts!

In Luke 4, when Jesus was in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt Him. When the devil spoke to Him, Jesus responded, “It is written…” and quoted the Word of God. He used the Word as a weapon to overcome the lies of the enemy.

Before I knew the Lord, I was caught up in the cycle of negative thinking with no hope and no future. The Word of God and the Holy Eucharist came to my rescue. The hymns played repeatedly on the cassette player became a weapon against the devil. During that time I did not have the Word of God but those hymns destroyed the hold of Satan on my life.

1Peter5:8 —–  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Let us make a commitment and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to make a new habit of speaking faith and speaking the unseen. Instead of talking about the terrible things that happen in our life, let us start talking the promises of God to ourselves. When we stop dwelling on the negative, we let the Holy Spirit begins work in our life. Let us speak words of faith like Caleb and Joshua to the circumstance.

We can do the same thing. We can respond to the thoughts the devil brings to our mind with the truth of God’s Word. We can feed our faith with the Word, rather than feeding doubt with the devil’s lies. And when we spend time with people who feed our faith, it will encourage our faith in God.

Refuse to be a lazy Christian and resist a passive, apathetic attitude. Be determined to do your part to build your faith. Never give up. And you will defeat doubt and unbelief!

“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”

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