The response that I have received from the last word I sent out taken from Ezekiel 40 has been quite overwhelming and I thank you for this. In order to identify some of these negative cycles and break them I want to share something from Psalm 23 to help you to see.
Psalm 23 is a very simple psalm of David, it is one of the most recited and well-known psalms. It is the story of a sheep and his shepherd, the sheep is completely reliant on the shepherd. The sheep trusts the shepherd to order his steps and direct him. This is completely different from situations where you serve God on your own terms and then expect Him to deliver you when you ask. We start from verse 1 of Psalm 23.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT.
What does this mean to the body of Christ? It must be said that many have lost their focus on who the Shepherd is. While God has put leaders over His people, because many of them come from broken backgrounds they have twisted the word to suit themselves and in so doing have not led the sheep to the shepherd. Understand that every shepherd in the natural who is placed there by God should point the sheep to the Great Shepherd; sadly, this is not always the case. In addition, because so many people are broken they tend to latch on to the personality of their leader instead of the heart of Christ and somehow they think that without false loyalties they cannot make it. We do not let God shepherd us, the world is shepherding us we have become pawns in others hands, dancing to everyone else’s tune instead of listening to what God has for you.
You are looking to people and not God; He is no longer your shepherd. Yet, when we truly lead the people to the Shepherd, the sheep automatically stay loyal because they have found the true heart of the Chief Shepherd. In doing so, they are free to be themselves, and are not afraid that they will be judged or manipulated because the ‘Lord is their shepherd’. THE LORD IS TENDERLY LOOKING AT AND FIERCELY PROTECTING HIS FLOCK.
In every situation, every moment He is our shepherd, because we trust in Him, we do not hide our deepest thoughts from Him. He knows your every need, because He cares for you, you shall not want. You need not be afraid of being rejected if you share your baggage because you know that He that calls you will make sure you lack nothing you will need for your transformation. Yet, because of the fear of what man will say or do, although many have come into leadership and are doing well they have been afraid to be open and transparent to God in their process.
I remember once being in a group of leaders and wanting to share a situation for help. Having shared it, one of the people present used the very thing I had shared to prophesy to me and immediately started to use what I shared to manipulate me. I was hurt and this made me want to hold back. I then heard the Lord clearly saying ‘The Lord is your shepherd’. The Lord used this situation to expose fear in my life and show me how the enemy wanted to use this to shut me down in my process. I realised there would be no want in the area of my life in which I had shared and that I was free to be me.
The Lord was trying to remove all clutches and dependencies. Rest assured that He knows everything about our lives including, when we were betrayed in the place where we sought help. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters”. His word is the right food to sustain you – it is grass to chew – it causes you to become whole and satisfied. Make yourself available for Him to lead you in green pastures and set you on the right path. He leads you by still waters, and feeds you the right words in peace and joy in every season (winter, summer, spring and autumn).
He feeds you through the word, dreams and prophecy. In saying this, you must be confident and trust where God puts you to feed, when issues in your character that God is dealing with come up you must not allow your position and pride stop you feeding from the green grass that will bring transformation to your life. “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness. For His name sake.” He makes you whole; emotionally, mentally and physically strong. He revives you with His word and the Holy Spirit because you are His beloved. It is therefore important for you to feed on the right word to be strong so that you do not bring your baggage into the next season of change.
“Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”. Although we have overcome certain things, there will always be a shadow left behind; something that will scare you if you are not whole in yourself and will cause you to fight the same battles again because you did not trust enough the first time it happened.
When you are, whole even if the enemy throws things at you, you do not give in to fear. You know that God will protect you, “thy rod and staff they comfort me,” He guides you making sure you stay on the right path. He is always there because He promised. “I will never leave nor forsake you”. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup runs over”. This means vindication.
He vindicates you in the presence of your enemies such that you operate from an overflow. This time you are on top of the seasons. You learn to live not survive and your feet will be firmly planted. You are anointed for purpose, for good works, anointed for healing, anointed for revival, for businesses to reclaim ruined cities, anointed for wealth transfer because the Lord is our Shepherd and you shall not want. Dear Saint, be reintroduced once again to the King of Kings as your Shepherd, the only one who can meet your every need.
Surely, His goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.
In His love and mine
Rev Betty King