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Righteous groove!

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I 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 overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. (Psalm 23, NRSV)

This psalm is a favorite for comfort at funerals, or during difficult situations.

But it is much deeper than we see.

He leads me in right paths is more of a He gets me stuck in a rut where He leads me. A righteous groove and it helps me to follow and stay focused on Him.

God prepares a banquet before our enemies, who are ready to kill us, but He gives us space and time to party and eat while He holds our enemies at bay!

And surely at the beginning of verse 6 is a little bit of a bad translation. It should be more of an Only. Goodness and mercy will pursue me all of my life and only that. My enemies will not neither will anything else other than the goodness and mercy of God.

He has set up a righteous groove to feed us His goodness and mercy!

So walk in it and know that he is always guiding!

 

 

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what you need

160720His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.  For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you. (2 Peter 1:3-11, NRSV)

Everything we need has been provided to us through faith.

So support your faith with goodness, and through goodness gain knowledge, and through knowledge gain self-control and through self-control gain endurance, and through endurance gain godliness and through godliness gain mutual affection and through mutual affection gain love.

And in love show forth your faith to the world, so all might see and know that God loves you and them.

 

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provided

160318His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you. (2 Peter 1:3-11, NRSV)

Jesus Christ richly provided for you, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for us to do.

Jesus gifted you with grace and a life and we must make the effort to support that gift in faith.

We can make the gift thrive, or die. We can choose to follow after Jesus and do what He is calling us to, or to squander the gift.

It has been provided, so what will you do with it?

 

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dwelling in your goodness

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds— his name is the LORD— be exultant before him. Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land. O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. (psalm 68:4-10, NRSV)

God provides for the needy!

Have you ever wondered how God provides for the needy?

Have you ever given to a charity that helps build houses for people, or gives them jobs, or helps them with education?

Have you ever volunteered your time to work at a clothings store, like Goodwill or similar, or animal shelter, or food pantry?

Have you ever helped someone in need, either by your own works or through support of another entity?

God meets the needs of those in need through us! He uses us as His hands and feet to do His will in this place.

You makea difference by being you and doing the things you do every day! You are a pebble that causes waves in the lake, that show God’s love all around you!

So dwell in the goodness of God all around you and keep causing waves of Love to crash down the barriers that seperate us!

 

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