THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: His House
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”
Last Sunday, we saw the two attributes of The Shepherd that takes on this journey with us. The Shepherd always provides the support we need throughout life’s journey. Today, we look at the dwelling place He has provided for His sheep.
What does His house connote? What does it mean? We consider below these things:
1. HIS SHELTER
One of the things a house does is protect one from the harshness of the weather. The ones inside a house do not feel the heat and dryness outside the house. Another thing is the house is a place of rest. Everybody returns to the house after an outing. It is in the house that there is refreshing. Because after one comes back, he drinks and eats in the house. He also sleeps there. The Shepherd provides His presence to be that house for us. Whenever we run to Jesus, He is always there. It does not matter what we need—comfort, rest, refreshing, or shield from the fierce darts of the world—Jesus has everything1
(Ps. 18:2; Prov. 18:10; Ps. 62:2,7; Ps. 114:2)
2. HIS FAMILY
People who stay together in a house are related. They are either family or they are friends, somehow there is a connection. The house of The Shepherd provides other sheep with whom a sheep can relate. In this life’s journey, the Shepherd has other sheep in the fold. Some have been in the house longer then you, some are just getting into the house. What the shepherd has taught them, you can learn when they teach you. This is the place of mentorship, prayer or study partners, spiritual fathers, etc. Utilize this opportunity. Do not be proud. Meet other Christians who are more experienced than you are and ask certain questions. Learn from others through coaching and mentoring. Read books and grow. In addition, you are in this family to grow others who are just coming in. Don’t be proud it—do it!
(Prov. 13:20; Ps. 119:63; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:24)
2Chrn. 19:2; Ps. 27:4; 1Cor. 15:33-34; Ps. 61:4; Ps. 91:1; 92:13
* Read a book this week, written by one of the undiluted fathers in the faith.
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask that the Lord keep His word in you.
3. Pray that God opens your eye to see the importance of spiritual family.
4. Pray for journey mercies for the family of Joy (MTN).
5. Pray as led for all leaders in COD.
6. Pray for the coming outreach planned by us (Codites). Let the Holy Spirit touch men and deliver them from the evil vices of this land.
7. Secure your week in the hands of God.