REFLECTIONS OF A SHEEP
THE SERIES - BOOK FIFTEEN
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
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No Longer A
Slave To Fear
the 23rd Psalm David
is making a verbal stand of defiance as he emphatically
states. “I will fear no evil”!
I refuse to submit my emotions to fear.
I will not bend my knee to anything other than my trust in God
made a choice to honor my God by proclaiming His
sovereignty over all things including my circumstantial evidence.
will deny access to that which suggests my Shepherd is
less than what He declared Himself to be. I
do not believe my Lord is intimidated by anything going on
in my world, therefore I
will follow suit and: “fear
- 31: “What then shall we say in
response to these things? If God be for us, who can be against
us?” In other words; What does it matter who is against us!
knew his God very well and concluded, it's not about who is
against us but rather Who is for us that will dictate the final
outcome of “all things”.
further downgrades the comparative relevance of “all things”
in Romans 8 - 37: “No
in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him
who loved us”.
rather emphatic don't you think! So, if we do fear it seems clear, we
do so by choice or habit but not necessity.
neither David or Paul are denying the existence of evil, both are
declaring that fearing it is wrong, realizing that their God is
greater than evil!
man had their own unique run-ins with evil throughout their lives.
Experience being a wonderful teacher, led them both to the same
conclusion. A conclusion we have every right to embrace as our own.
is a crippling emotion that disables the soul. It enslaves us! It
puts all the magnificent attributes of walking with God “on hold”
while we entertain its tantrums as it screams for our attention.
antidote? Denied access, based on our understanding of God’s
almightiness! Simply stated: We will fear no evil because God said we
don’t have to!
those living on planet earth, fear will show up from time to time.
Its “showing up” won’t be the determining factor as to its
effect, but rather how we “react” to its “showing up”.
has given us an appropriate reaction, “Fear Not” with a reason:
The Provision Of
27 - 5: “For in the day of trouble He will keep
me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His
sacred tent and set me high upon a rock”.
55 - 8: “I will hurry to my place of shelter
far from the tempest and storm”.
61 - 4: “I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings”.
- 1: “Whoever dwells in the shadow of the Most
High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.
magnificent an inherited place of safety our Shepherd has
provided us! God has always been the protector of His own.
the days of the children of Israel's forty year trek through the
wilderness we see God providing faithfully and always. A cloud by day
to protect them from the blistering daytime sun and a fire by
night to keep the evening desert chill from having impact on
food, no problem as God provides Manna from Heaven to feed His
children. With their Egyptian enemies charging from behind and
the Red Sea in their immediate future, God parts the waters
providing safe passage for them to cross while using the very same
waters to destroy their haters.
these children of Israel must have been quite the righteous folk! No,
just the opposite was true as they mumbled and grumbled throughout
their every step, complaining all the way to the Promised Land. You
see, God made a promise before they left Egypt, reinforced by
in the Psalms we see David referring to “the tent” which in his
day was the place of God's presence. David knew that in God's
presence was absolute protection, therefore he “hurried” to it.
He had many enemies therefore trusting in God's provisionary
protection was paramount to his survival emotionally, spiritually,
is the one responsible for penning; “The Lord is my Shepherd I
shall not want”. His vast experiences in
life provided an unshakeable foundation of truth, thereby allowing
Him to trust in his Shepherd, with just cause!
we fast forward to today, we find nothing has changed. The Lord is
still “our” Shepherd and “we” shall not want. As we walk
through the blistering heat of our often difficult days we are
covered by a cloud of protection from the U.V. rays of life's
experiences. When we need the comfort of his warm embrace by night,
it is always there and never denied.
we must be quite the righteous folk! No, you see God has made
“us” a promise, secured by His grace! Wonderfully humbling for a
sheep when self-sufficiency is replaced by absolute reliance.
with the present and correcting the “nothing's changed”
comment: The “tent” David spoke of as his place of
refuge has changed. We are now the “tent”! The dwelling
place of the Most High and Almighty, with instant access to His
David “the tent’ seemed to be a place of “coming and going”,
while for us, a place of residing. Residing and trusting in a
promise. God doesn't make promises and then leave it up to the
recipients of His promises to fulfill their completion. He has always
made Himself the determining factor. Aren't we all thankful for that!
Corinthians 1 - 20: “For no matter how many
promises God has made, they are ''Yes'' in Christ. And so through Him
( Jesus ) the ''Amen'' is spoken by us to the glory of God”.
He Came For Us
- Darkness To Light
9 - 6:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son
is given; and the government shall be upon His
shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace”.
1 - 1: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and
the Word was God”.
the vastness of the universe Jesus created, planet earth is a
dot. Therefore we are a dot within a dot. And yet He came for us at
great cost to himself!
those who love and follow Him, the beautiful descriptives pointed
out in our scripture reference in Isaiah have been experienced
first-hand. He have known Him as: Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace and may I add: “Our
love how God writes us into the story in Isaiah verse two of chapter
nine: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a
great light: They that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined”.
5 - 8:
“For you were once darkness but now you are light in the
Lord ( positionally ). Live as children of light” (
Thessalonians 5 - 5:
“You are all children of the light and children of
the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness”.
it wonderful how God makes clear, who we are, where we belong, and
Who we belong to, thereby avoiding any confusion.
world and its evaluating systems would suggest that we as people
range from “somewhat” to “not at all” relevant. The vast
majority of us seen as rather disposable in the big picture.
a system the bible refers to as “in but not of” regarding
us. Therefore that's a tree we have no business eating
who by grace have their citizenship firmly entranced and
established in heaven we are different in the most interesting of
understand that if one life is relegated to meaningless, all life
eventually follows suit.
our Shepherd “came
for us” declaring
by His appearance; Life is majestically sacred and never to be
trivialized! So sacred, that He came to save it eternally.
are a dot within a dot but not just any dot. We are the only dynamic
within creation that is capable of intimate relationship with God.
have been created in His image, designed and enabled to love Him. The
universe can worship its creator but it cannot love Him. You see it
is an it and we are a who.
are those “who” God so loved that He gave His only begotten Son
that “who” so ever would believe in Him would not perish but have
everlasting life. Therefore we walk in the light of the dignity that
our Creator has bestowed upon us.
been given heavenly license and a calling
to be conspicuously radiant, as is fitting for those
who have seen and are in-dwelled by a “Great Light”.
5 - 16:
“In the same way let your light shine before others that
they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
Apostle Paul said from a prison cell as he wrote to
the Philippians (
Chapter 4 verse 12 ):
know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I
have learned the secret, ( spiritual
insight ), of being content in any and every
situation, whether well feed or hungry, whether living in plenty or
Paul was describing as a solution to the adversities and complexities
of life on planet earth is; “super natural
responses to natural situations”. Adversity is
a very real dynamic in our lives on this planet. We aren't
immune from it. We can't avoid nor escape its reality.
fairy-tale existence complete with a magic wand, isn't what our
Lord has promised us nor is indicative of our historied forefather's
of those lives belonged to Paul who so beautifully
shared this from his place of adversity. We have been
empowered by God with the heavenly privilege of divine insight
into adversity, thereby enabled to remove its instant sense of
is a valued revealer! As I reflect back on my forty two years of
knowing God there's one thing that stands out as radiantly clear.
the truly meaningful things that have been accomplished to this point
in my life have been birthed “by God” through “adversity”!
That's a sobering truth for me to embrace. It keeps my complaining at
a minimum and my praising at a maximum, thus proportionately correct.
in hindsight I think it fair and correct of me to refer
to adversity in a far more spiritually flattering way. A
friend, a teacher, and a gift from God. It's the God
granted tool He has used to make me into what I am today
and what I will be in the future.
approach adversity with the insight of it having profound purpose
in my life, '”adversity” has a far less “adversary”
flavor to it.
listen into The Apostle Paul as he explains far better than I in: 2
Corinthians 12 - 7 > 10:
in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given ( a
gift ) a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to
torment me ( adversity ). Three
times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He
said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my
power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore I will
boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s
power may rest on me. That
is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses,
hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am
weak, then I am strong”.
would also add: Be content in “all things” knowing that God makes
“all things” work together for good for those who love Him!
( including adversity ).
is not meant to crush but rather mold! Therefore adversity to us is
what the cocoon is to the caterpillar, and may I add, soon to be
Butterfly. It would seem “adversity” always precedes the miracle
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