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Sheep Faith (4 of 6)
Series: Sheep Faith
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Christ said if you would like to follow me, pick up your cross daily. Cross carrying is an aspect of Christian education (a learning experience). As you are bearing your cross, you should be learning something about your self and your Savior. When Christ was embarking upon establishing a new order of relationship, He said come unto me and learn of me. That may be part of our deficit; we have to often just come to worship and praise and never learned the depths and discipline that being God’s disciples/sheep truly requires. Sheep faith as we have seen begins with reverence that leads to recognition and ultimately rests in the Shepherd’s provision (verse 1). When the faith of the sheep is built upon that foundation then the sheep learns to be contented in the flock and develops confidence in the faith of the shepherd (verse 20).
Sheep Faith also understands that this faith is not without danger, the sheep comes to understand that it is possible to be a downcast or cast down sheep. Yet verse 3 assures us that the Shepherd will rescue the sheep and restore the soul (life) of the sheep. He will get the sheep back on its feet. And so this morning I want to make my fourth installment of preaching on this marvelous and meaningful division of Psalm 23 and verse 4.
There are four (4) words that I want to center this preachment primarily upon as I attempt to unpack the text. These four words are the anchor thoughts for Sheep Faith today: (yea) Even Though, Walk, and Through!! The King James Version uses Yea Though, but the Message and NIV translations uses Even Though.
First, Even Though Faith!
Sheep Faith must graduate to mature or develop into a deeper and growing faith. It is what I want to call even though faith. You can categorize faith into var ...
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