"I AM ____." - GETTING TO KNOW GOD

JEHOVAH-RAAH THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, 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 runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.” John 10:11-13 NKJV

1)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD GATHERS ME.

“For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day...”” Ezekiel 34:11-12 NKJV

2)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD PROVIDES FOR ME.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1NKJV

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 NKJV

“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4 NKJV

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

3)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD RESTORES ME.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalms 23:2 NKJV

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalms 46:10a NKJV

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:12 NKJV

4)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD LEADS ME.

“He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake." Psalms 23:3 NKJV

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 NKJV

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 NKJV

5)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD PROTECTS ME.

“Yea, 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…” Psalms 23:4-5a  NKJV

“T’warn’t me, 'twas the Lord. I always told Him, I trust you. I don't know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me.’ And HE always did” – Harriet Tubman

“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart...” Jeremiah 15:16a NKJV

6)    THE LORD AS MY SHEPHERD BLESSES ME.

“You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalms 23:5b-6 NKJV


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • How did God "gather" you? What brought you to Capital Christian or this small group? Why do you keep coming?
  • What ways do you allow the Lord to lead you? How do you recognize His voice?
  • How have you experienced God's protection in a situation where you had no control?
  • What is a circumstance or situation in your life where you have wandered off on your own? How would things be different if you were following God's voice instead?
  • What is an area of your life that you need restoration? Consider sharing so that your small group can pray for you at the end of this gathering and throughout this week.

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