by Stan Coffey

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Getting Stress Under Control (2 of 6)
Stan Coffey

Many times life seems like a train that has gotten off the tracks. Many times life seems like a car skidding out of control and even though you are behind the steering wheel, it seems like you are going off the road and into the ditch.

The Bible has much to say about this. I have been preaching from the 23rd Psalm, beginning last week, one of the most beloved passages of scripture in the Bible.

Last week, we talked about taking control of worry. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want..." Another way to say that is, "The Lord is my shepherd, I have all I need, so why should I worry, for all my needs are going to be supplied."

For the Lord to be your shepherd, the shepherd must be your Lord. Is the shepherd your Lord today? Is the great shepherd, the good shepherd, the chief shepherd, Jesus Christ, the Lord of your life?

Well, that's the key and today we look at verse 2.

"The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. (2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters."

Now, it was the responsibility of the shepherd to lead the sheep into places where they could find the greenest pasture and into places where the sheep could drink from still waters.

I'm told that sheep will not drink from a rushing stream. Sheep will not drink from a torrential river. They will only drink from waters that are calm.

So, the shepherd had to lead the sheep to those places where they could, in the midst of the day, lay down after eating in the green pastures and drink of the cool, peaceful, still water.

There, for three or four hours, the sheep would just lie there and chew the cud. It was at that time when they were putting on fat. It was at that time when they were putting on wool and their wool was growing.

So, they were becoming healthy sheep. It seemed, maybe, they weren't doing anything because they were just lying down in that green pasture. They w ...

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