Pastor Jeff Knott of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series on “Life without Lack” on Psalm 23 with “Why Such Lack?”:
Life without lack happens when we really know who the Shepherd is, how good He is and how capable He is of caring for us.
It also happens when we know who we are and how valuable we are to Him.
Why don’t we experience a life without lack?
Why is there such lack? Why aren’t our communities flourishing?
We are responsible for an awful lot of what’s wrong in the world. But right from the beginning, the Bible acknowledges that before we were enemies to one another, we had a first enemy. An enemy to humanity, an enemy to the purposes of God and that enemy is Satan.
From the beginning to the end, the Bible makes it perfectly clear that the primary work of this enemy of our spirits is to constantly deceive human beings into fulfilling their place as a representative of God’s goodness and God’s glory in the world.
Ultimately Satan’s goal is to rob, kill and destroy.
It’s to Satan’s advantage that we never discover the fulness of Psalm 23: Never know that the Lord is our Shepherd; never know what it is to have a life that is full to overflowing; never know what it is to be free from fear; never know what is protection and that we’ve been able to enjoy all that God has prepared for us.
The enemy doesn’t want us to know that we are set apart for blessing – not in the sweet by and by, here and now we are set apart for blessing.
He doesn’t want you to know that this world is a perfectly safe place to live because the Lord is your Shepherd there’s no need for want.
When God is King of our lives, there is more than enough to go around.
There are three weapons formed against us:
1. The lust of the flesh
2. The lust of the eyes
3. The pride of life
Lust is about desire. Desires are bad when they become twisted and they can become redirected in ways that are not God-honouring.
These things are what the enemy uses to trip us up.
These are the ways that Satan gets us to doubt in the goodness of God and the sufficiency of our Shepherd. It’s an attempt to find life outside of God. When you can’t say “The Lord’s my Shepherd” it means that someone else is providing something for you.
Jesus knew the provision of His Shepherd day-in and day-out and so can we. We can be overcomers, but it only happens when we choose it for ourselves. It has be intentional.
People fall into sin, but never fall into discipleship. We choose it. We have to make the Lord our Shepherd. We have the capacity to set our minds on things above.
The best spiritual warfare is to live a godly life. Yes, you’ll be under attack more, but you’ll be more victorious too, by God’s grace and provision.