The Lord Is All You Need
Dated January 6, 2018
Sermon by Pastor Mosley Ogbanga
With Joy in my heart, I must tell you that I am happy to see you here with us in Christ on this first Sunday of the New Year. In Our Church this year, God has declared that its our year of DISTINCTION. To achieve distinction for a person in the world, you would have to be excellent at everything you do; but to achieve distinction as a person that has Christ in them, the Lord is all you need. With the Lord on our side we are complete, separated, and distinguished. People and material things of the world will fail us, but God will never fail us. Our focus scripture for today is Psalm 23 and we will be taking a look at how King David described the Lord being all we need.
Psalm 23 (reading from New Living Translation(NLT))
A psalm of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
According to King David in the Psalm of David (Psalm 23), he described God as a lot of things in certain situations and how He acts in those situations. We shall be breaking down our focus scripture into verses to see the situations King David described;
- He Is Our Shepard: King David described God as a Shepard because we are His sheep’s and a good Shepard will do anything for His Sheep’s. According to John 10:11, Jesus said “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep”. This goes on to prove that with God being our Shepard, we are guaranteed divine guidance (because no Shepard will watch their sheep go astray and do nothing about it, howbeit the Good Shepard).
- He gives us Spiritual Rest: One of the benefits of following God and letting Him direct all you move is that no matter where you end up or what the circumstance might be, you will forever be at Peace and be Calm. God speaking to Moses in Exodus 33:14, He said “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you”. When you let God direct you and be all you need, like Moses and the Israelites, He goes with you personally and when God goes with you, Spiritual rest (even physical rest) is guaranteed.
- He leads us in the Right Path: Even with the invention of the Global Positioning System (GPS) people still miss their path/direction to where they’re going to. But when you allow the One who is the “Almighty GPS” direct your path, you can never go astray. Even for those who have gone astray, when you make it known that He is all you need, and you give your all to him, He immediately redirects your path. Psalm 25: 8 says, “The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray”.
- He’s Divine Presence is always with you: When most people go through difficult situations and don’t know what to do, they give up and lose hope. But when you allow God to be all you need, and you give Him your all, His presence never leaves you. Situations that seem impossible with Him becomes a piece of cake when His presence is there. Deuteronomy 20:1 says, “When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!”.
- He gives us Spiritual Fullness: Allowing the Lord to be all you need and giving him your all brings Joy and Blessings overflow. When we as individuals follow the Lord, sadness becomes far away from us. Jesus speaking in John 15:11, he says, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”. For us to enjoy this overflow of Joy that Jesus spoke about, all we must do is believe in God and give Him our All.
- He is Good: The Final thing we see in our focus scripture for today is the Goodness of the Lord. Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lordis good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him”. We must trust God for Him to be close to us and for us to enjoy His Goodness.
In conclusion, 2018 is the year of our distinction, this is the year to continually express the grace of God in our lives. The year to like light royal priest and assert our position and authority on this earth. According to Genesis 1:28 says, Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground”. Have a Great rest of the year and Remain Blessed!!!