How to Truly Live Wherever God Has You

Why do you think we struggle in our Christian walk with the Lord whether things are good or bad? I find that when things are going well I tend to struggle with feelings of guilt that I am not suffering or sacrificing enough for Christ. I tend to not let myself enjoy the blessings that He brings. Or if I am in a season of rest that I should be doing more. But then when things are hard, and trials are upon us, we have a tendency to feel we are being punished or we must have done something to deserve it. That God doesn’t love or care about us or our situation. I know it is the enemy trying to steal our joy and blessings or make us feel that the hard times won’t end or tells us that either God has abandoned us in the trials or that we must be continually suffering if we are truly in His will and want to please Him. If you struggle with these same two extremes as I do then I want to share with you what I discovered in His word today in reading Psalm 23. I have read that passage countless times and have even memorized it but never saw the truth He revealed to me today.

The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.”

God is all we need and when we know Him and are in relationship with Him we have all our needs satisfied. Whether good times or bad times He is enough.

He lets me rest in green meadows, He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

God leads us into seasons of rest and peace, of beauty and joy, of fruitfulness and blessing. Those times are intended to renew our strength physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. He loves us and leads us into these places for our enjoyment. Realizing they come from Him as a gift and for His glory.

He guides me along the right paths bringing honor to His name

God directs my life as I live in full surrender to Him, so I don’t need to be fearful of missing what He has for me or not using my life for His glory. If it is my heart’s desire to life my life for His glory I can trust that He will have me exactly where I need to be whether a stream or a desert.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

God is the one who allows trials. Please note it says “when” not “if”. The truth is that those hard times are part of God’s plan for us to either grow or be a witness to others and most times both. The important thing is to see is that we need not fear because He is with us every step of the way. He will protect and comfort us in the difficult times. We are not alone or abandoned, and He will lead us out of the desert in His timing.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

Our enemy, Satan knows that God is preparing a feast for us in eternity and giving us blessings now. He doesn’t like it and is therefore trying daily to steal some of our blessings and the honor our lives can bring to God. But ultimately we know who wins, each day we can take heart in knowing Jesus had overcome the world and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can too.

My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.

When we consider all these promises we realize we are most blessed. We have overflowing blessings in our life. Through that reality we can be confident(Surely) in whatever lies ahead to know that God’s goodness and love will continue to be with us and PURSUE us all our life because we belong to Him. If He is for us so who can be against us.

And I will live the house of the Lord forever.”

It ends with the truth we all need to remember. We will be with the Lord forever, no matter what happens today, tomorrow or in this life we will be with the Lord. What more do we need than that. That is why we can say “The Lord is my shepherd I have all that I need”.

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