Life in the Fold

Life in the Fold

Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV) The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

I lack nothing. The word “lack” means deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable or customary. To lack also means to fall short. The statement “I lack nothing” can be a powerful game changer in the mindset of a believer. To know and understand that the Lord is my shepherd and I lack nothing creates a shift of responsibility that will alleviate the load most of us carry on a daily basis. As believers, followers of Christ, and so-called Christians, there is no reason for us to live in poverty. We have all that is needed. However, if we do not access it then we live in a state other than offered by Jesus Christ.

The perception of lack comes from the enemies lie that God doesn’t love you and does not provide for you. The father of all lies wants to convince you that God is not a good father and is unaware or unconcerned by your present state. Alignment with the Lord and His Word produces the satisfying fruit of His Spirit that will prosper our life as He prospers our heart. The land of lack is cultivated by doubt, fear and insecurity that God may not be exactly who He says He is or might not do what His Word promises to do.

Psalm 34:8-10 (NIV) Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Perception is everything. Do you believe that today? Those who find contentment through thankfulness choose to live there. To attain contentment one must fill the deepest void within our heart and soul. I do not believe that our life truly lacks anything of value and worth when lived for Christ. However, our perception tells us otherwise. Our pride reminds us of those things that are not rather than in humble gratitude appreciating that which is given to us. The lack in our life is produced by deficient faith not a deficient God.

My recent guilty pleasure is online grocery shopping. I make my list, fill my cart, and go pick them up at a designated time each week. My original thought was that I would save a couple of hours each week wandering through the grocery store. After a month of using the service, I am hooked. The blessing is not just in my time but finances. I do not wander aimlessly through the store picking up impulse buys or wondering if I need something. I walk through my pantry scanning bar codes and checking supplies. Before I tried it, I was almost talked out of it by a friend. What if they forget something? What if the fruit is bruised? What if your bread is hard? What if it did not meet my expectation? I was skeptical and fearful with my first pickup. A little concerned the second time. However, now I am sold on it. I have discovered an organized pantry not filled with an abundance of items that I bought fearing I might need. I have found that I save an average of $50 a week. How many times are our lives overflowing with a surplus of things when our heart’s desire is just contentment?

Those who fear, respect, and live in reverential awe of God lack nothing. Those who trust the Lord and His Goodness will seek Him and therefore lack no good thing. Have you tasted the Goodness of God? Do you know and understand that He pursues you with unfailing love AND goodness every single day? It’s time to turn around. Stop rushing to and from trying to make things happen and find success. Success is upon you. His Name is Jesus. He is all you need to move from lack to abundance. It begins in our soul moving through our heart until it makes it to our head. We must make up our mind that we lack nothing and no good thing.

Psalm 23:4-5 (NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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.

We have nothing to fear in this life. The Lord is our Shepherd. When He came to find us, leaving the 99 just to find us the one who was lost, all of Heaven rejoiced with Him in our return! It was not a sad return but a triumphant entry. The only weapon formed against us is the lie. The enemy must keep our thoughts wrapped up in the past. He continually shows us with guilt, shame and regret hoping that someone will take hold of it. The thought that God will not do good in our life because we know who we were and what we did. Well, His Grace is enough. It is more than enough to cover every sin, fault, failure, mistake and indiscretion including every intentional thing that led to negative consequences. There is nothing that can or will ever separate us from the Love of God. The anointing of God is in you. When you returned He gave you His Spirit because of His Son – Jesus. Now you are His Son or Daughter who has an inheritance, what father does not feed and clothe his child or care for them when they are sick or injured body, mind and spirit? Not my Heavenly Father – He cares for us. He covers us. Jesus promised us a rich and satisfying life. The Lord promised to do more than we could think, ask or imagine. Where is it? Inside of you – looking for a way out.

Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV) I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Do you believe that God loves you today? Really loves you like a father or mother loves their own child? We must build our confidence in the character of God the Father. Maybe that begins by seeing the Lord as our Shepherd. The one who guides us with an unwavering commitment of care. As our relationship grows from simple obedience becoming total trust, our perception of God will move from Shepherd to Father. His Goodness is undeniable. His Unfailing Love unfathomable in its graciousness. We must become confident that God’s Goodness is for us in the land of the living. Martha believed Jesus to be the Resurrection and Life for eternity. The day that He raised Lazarus from the dead – He became the Resurrection Power and Life for the land of the living.

The Grace of God given to us in Christ is always enough to restore a right relationship with Him. Nothing to be added or taken away. Our life will prosper in His Love and Care when we decide He is for us today – not just forever. It is God’s Will for you to prosper in all things – enjoy success – and live in abundance IN ALL THINGS. Will you wait for Him today? Stop rushing off to make it in this world and hope for a place in eternity. Tell the Lord today – You are my confidence. I lack nothing and no good thing. Keep saying it until your heart and mind agree that Jesus is always enough! When you find contentment sheep in God’s Fold – you will experience the blessings and benefits of becoming part of God’s Family.

Psalm 23:6 (NIV) Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.