The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

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.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

Psalm 23:2

 “green pastures”- Represents God’s ability to feed us spiritually leading us to rest in His provision.

  1. Four things must happen in order to get sheep to lie down.
    1. They must be free of all fear.
    2. There must be good social behavior in the flock, if there is friction in the flock the sheep will not lie down.
    3. They must be free of flies and parasites; they must be free of all pests to rest.
    4. They must be full, not hungry. Hungry sheep will not rest.
  1. Christ is the Good Shepherd! John 10:1-21
    1. When we learn that God is our source for all things spiritually we have learned a lesson of eternal value.
    2. When we learn that the grass really isn’t greener on the other side we will rest where we are/ in Christ.
  1. “ still waters”- Jehovah-shalom, “the Lord our Peace” (Judges 6:24)

 JEHOVAH-SHALOM

(je-ho’-va sha’-lom) (‎yahweb shalom‎, “Yahweh is peace”): This was the name given by Gideon to the altar he built at Ophra, in allusion to the word spoken to him by the Lord, “Peace be unto thee” (Judg 6:24). It is equivalent to “Yahweh is well disposed.”

 (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003

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  1. Shepherds of Israel Failed! (Ezekiel 34:11-16)

 

  1. Christ will not Fail! ( 7:17)

  

  1. “Peace” in the New Testament is granted when pursued!
    1. John 14:23-27
    2. John 16:25-33
    3. John 20:19-23

 

  1. “Peace” of Christ can calm the waters of your life!

Sheep will not drink from fast moving water.

  1. God knows how to quench our spiritual thirst.
  2. Are you thirsty for more of God in your life?

 

  1. We must act upon our thirst and totally pursue the Lord!!!

  

Keys to Transformation!

True Peace only comes from God!

True Peace must be pursued!

True Peace is Eternal!