The Person of the Shepherd

August 2nd, 2021

Air Date: 08 03 21

 

This is a short verse, but carries volumes of truth. David says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” It is believed these words were penned late in David’s life, perhaps when he was being pursued by Absalom. The palace in which these words were penned, the harp on which this melody was played, is buried and under the debris of history, but this truth still lives and radiates like the sun in the day and sparkles like the stars in the black velvet of the night. The Lord is my shepherd. Let’s take a slow look and dig deep in this verse beginning with the words, “The Lord.”

 

 

 

 

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God’s Presence in Deliverance 2 Chronicles

July 31st, 2021

Air Date: 08 02 21

 

2 Chronicles 20: 7-1210 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Shepherd’s Provision

July 30th, 2021

Air Date: 07 30 21

 

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.   2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;   He leads me beside the still waters.   3 He restores my soul;   He leads me in the paths of righteousness   For His name’s sake.  —Psalm 23:1–3

 

The personal confession with which David begins his meditation establishes the thesis for the rest of the prayer. In effect Psalm 23 answers the question: “What does it mean for Yahweh to be my shepherd?” Since David knows well how to care for sheep, he is able gracefully and powerfully to apply this metaphor to his relationship with God.

 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

 

Yaweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy

July 28th, 2021

Air Date: 07 29 21

 

The God of Compassion and Mercy |  Exodus 34

 

Exodus 34:6   |  with “love,” omitting the last word (“faithfulness/truth”) of the formula of grace, most likely in order to put stress on the “love” of Yahweh, a point that the context of 103:8 bears out. The psalm, in fact, downplays God’s anger (“nor will he harbor his anger forever,” 103:9b) and accentuates God’s love (130:8) and forgiveness (103:10–12).

 

4 So Moses chiseled out two tablets of stone like the first ones. Early in the morning he climbed Mount Sinai as the LORD had commanded him, and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands.

 

Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. 6 The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh!* The LORD!  The God of compassion and mercy!  I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.    7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.

 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

 

God meets the Need for Provision and Satisfaction

July 27th, 2021

Air Date: 07 28 21

 

God Meets the Need for Provision and Satisfaction 

Psalm 23:1

 

This is an awesome statement. Perhaps, David said it while sitting down with his own lambs who were happy and content to be at his side. He looked at the peace they enjoyed and applied it to the feelings he had about the Lord and said, “I shall not want.”

 

The word for “want” is the Hebrew word chacer {khaw-sare’} which means “to lack, to be without, to have a need.” The same word is translated differently in these verses.

In Psalm 23:1, this word “want” is in the imperfect tense which means “continual action.” David was saying, “I shall continually not be in want and I shall continually not lack anything.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

To Be the Dwelling Place of God

July 27th, 2021

Air Date: 07 27 21

 

To be the dwelling place of God is the highest and most sublime glory of the Spirit's indwelling in the saint.

 

An ancient architect was asked to build a temple for the sun. After others had constructed their beautiful models of granite and polished marble and resplendent gold, he brought a design made of simple transparent glass and said, "This is the true temple for the sun, for the sun himself can live within it and pass out and in without restraint."

 

God is wanting temples for Himself as transparent as the colorless glass, reflecting not their own glory but His. We receive Him without the necessity of opening a single door, but with every channel and capacity of ours so open that we live and move and have our being in Him, and He can find in us that congenial abode for which He searches the mighty universe and the highest heaven in vain; for are not we also "the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way" (Ephesians 1:23)

 

... Your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:8) 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

 

The Parable of the Kind Shepherd

July 23rd, 2021

Air Date: 07 26 21

 

The Parable of the Kind Shepherd  |  John 10:10

 

Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Listen to this eternal truth: The person who sneaks over the wall to enter into the sheep pen, rather than coming through the gate, reveals himself as a thief coming to steal. 2 But the true Shepherd walks right up to the gate, 3 and because the gatekeeper knows who he is, he opens the gate to let him in. And the sheep recognize the voice of the true Shepherd, for he calls his own by name and leads them out, for they belong to Him.

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

The LORD’s Kingdom Rules Over All

July 23rd, 2021

Air Date: 07 23 21

 

The LORD has established His throne in heaven,

 

and His kingdom rules over all ...Psalm 103:19

 

Psalm 103:…17from everlasting to everlasting the loving devotion of the LORD extends to those who fear Him, and His righteousness to their children’s children— 18to those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts. 19The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. 20Bless the LORD, all His angels mighty in strength who carry out His word, who hearken to the voice of His command.…

 

The God who keeps us is the God who transcends time and space. Thus David proclaims: “The LORD has established His throne, His authority in heaven” Moreover, “His kingdom rules over all.” All are, therefore, under His sovereignty.

 

Psalm 103 displays the mercy of God. This psalm is a minor treatise on God’s love (hesed) and shares a kinship with 1 Corinthians 13.  

 

1 Corinthians 8:6...6 there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we exist. And there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we exist.

 

Philippians 4:19...“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

James 1:17...“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

 

God is omniscient and knows all things in the past, present, and future. The Lord sees every aspect of our lives, including our needs and desires. In His great wisdom, He understands what’s best for us. His divine schedule for our lives is always perfect and achieves His good purposes.

 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

 

The Natural Man vs. the Soulish Man

July 21st, 2021

Air Date: 07 22 21

 

Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God.   Hosea 5:4

We have observed from the Genesis account of the Fall that when our enemy comes along in the form of a serpent, he does not attack the spirit with his temptations—he attacks the soul. Along came the serpent, and he attacked the soul and severed the spirit from God’s Spirit.  Fortunately, the new birth cuts off the devil’s impact on the soul and renews the spirit’s relationship with the Spirit of God. 

If the soul responds to temptation, something negative happens and Satan has succeeded in cutting off our direct contact with God. That is the essence of the result of the Fall.  Paul follows this train of thought, making reference to trespasses and sins “in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). Who is the spirit that works in the sons of disobedience?  Satan. And he works as a spirit in the area of the soul.

 

In the Fall man’s soul became infected with rebellion. The result of this infection in every succeeding generation was that mankind no longer needed to be tempted from the outside. Rather an inner force of rebellion was latent in their souls.  This is why the new birth is necessary. 

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

 

 

Commit Your Way to the Lord

July 20th, 2021

Air Date: 07 21 21

 

Psalm 37:3–7... Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

 

4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

 

5 Commit your way to the Lord roll and repose each care of your load on Him; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

 

 

 

Listen to Abiding in Christ Ministries with radio host Lesha Cantrell Monday through Friday at 6:45am (MT) on AM670, KLTT in Colorado; online at 670kltt.com; or via your mobile device on the free KLTT app. May God richly bless you as you abide in Christ!

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