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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

GOD Comforts

“4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 King James Version).

The valley of the shadow of death is a place where we feel that we are close to death or dying. Be it poor health, a robbery, car accident, finances have been wiped out, divorce, pain, or any situation that we don’t see a way out of. When the shadow of death falls upon us, our hope disappears.

A valley, by definition, is a low place between high places. That means I’m in a depressed place where all I can see are tall walls and dark shadows. I don’t see a way out. Yet, the psalmist tells us that even in this place two things are happening. We are walking through, meaning we aren’t staying here, and we have no fear of evil. We aren’t afraid of anything bad overtaking us. Yes, we may have some rough experiences, but they will not overwhelm us. We have no fear of evil, no arresting emotion of fright that will cause us not to move.

How is this possible? King David, the writer of this psalm, gives us three reasons. The LORD is with us, and HIS rod and staff comfort us. From an early age, David knew what it was to be chased by wild animals trying to kill you. He knew what it was to be hunted and chased by men seeking your life. David has been through some valley situations where the shadow of death has been upon him. So, it’s good to hear from someone who’s experienced the deliverance of GOD tell us that it’s possible for us as well.

First of all, GOD is with us. HE never fails us nor forsakes us all of our days (Deuteronomy 31:6). The first verse of Psalm 23 reminds us, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 KJV). Even in the midst of our valley experience, GOD provides for all of our needs. How do I know? I’m still here to write this and you’re still here to read it.

Second, the rod of GOD comforts us. The shepherd’s rod is a short billy club used to ward off predators that would try to steal the sheep. I’m sure we can all testify to how GOD has kept some things from us that otherwise would have surely killed us.

Third, the staff of GOD comforts us. The shepherd’s staff or crook, is a walking stick with a curved end for bringing back sheep who stray from the flock. Isn’t it comforting to know that even when I mess up and get myself in trouble, that GOD will bring me back into the fold! Bless the LORD! “176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:176 KJV).

It is the constant presence of GOD, it is HIS rod and staff that look out for me when I can’t look out for myself that allow me to fear no evil though I may be going through the roughest time of my life. Thank GOD for HIS comfort during our valley experiences. Lean into our Father today and be encouraged. Be blessed, Family.

“20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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