Week 3 – Jeff Maness – April 15th, 2018
We often view the protection of Jesus as keeping us from pain and problems, but if we view His protection that way we will be consistently disappointed in Jesus. Jesus doesn’t guard us from all pain and problems, He guards us from their over us.
Who Is Jesus? Guarding Shepherd
Jesus doesn’t guard me from all pain or problems, He guards me from their power over me!
Big Question: What does Jesus do to guard me?
Main Scripture: Psalm 23:4
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Psalm 23:4a Even when I walk through the darkest valley (of the shadow of death), I will not be afraid, for…
Psalm 23:4b …you are close beside me.
1. He gives me His Presence
The true friend of God has nothing to fear in that dark valley. His great Shepherd will accompany him there, and can lead him safely through, however dark it may appear. In that dark and gloomy valley, though I could not guide myself, I will not be alarmed; I will not be afraid of wandering or of being lost; I will not fear any enemies there – for my Shepherd is there to guide me still. — Albert Barnes Commentary
2. He gives me His power
Psalm 23:4b Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
3. He gives me His peace