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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Acts 1: 8 - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020. 

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Mar 31

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:32:04 AM  RssIcon

The Lord will shepherd me, as his plans for me are to be safe and to prosper in terms of his Kingdom, even during lock down and amidst a pandemic.
 
Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
 
Psalm 23 always has been a comfort in the face of peril, fear and danger. In times when we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” we will not be afraid to fall into the hands and control of evil, because we remain in the pastoral care of our Lord. Even in the hands of the Lord Jesus who assured us that he is the Good Shepherd.
I will not lack what I need to remain faithful, to remain part of God’s household and remain celebrating at my Lord’s table, for Christ cares for me.
In looking for an understanding of his plans for me during trying and challenging times and while his plans often seem to be unclear, the Lord will continue to lead me on his path until I find rest in his green pasture (pastorate)!
 
Our survival in this challenging time of lock down and uncertainty about what the future holds for us personally, for our congregations and denominations and for our nations, countries and economies, we will always depend on the promise that God is our shepherd, our keeper, our guide, our defender, our strength and our provider. In his presence my soul - the control centre of my mind, my will, my desires, my emotions and my faith - will be replenished through the peace I find in trusting our Lord’s plans for us.
 
The Lord refills my cup by keeping me on his righteous path. For the sake of his glory he brings us from the back roads of foolishness and redirects us to follow the high ways of divine wisdom. Then only can peace and can rest be found – as we journey towards his gracious purpose for us, instead of seeking self-destruction through foolish choices, bitterness, doubt, fear and loneliness.
 
On the Lord’s path I will not fear, even when peril impacts on my life’s journey.
The presence of the Lord is like eating from a rich buffet where he prepared a banquet of love, peace, security, contentment and rest.
 
I will always remain a faithful, enduring resident in the Lord’s house. It is my shelter, my source of courage and source of the directions of the Lord’s plans. The Lord journeys with me wherever I go – until the end and at the end.
Where else can I find a place to feast when I face an enemy and when I face my fears, than in the house of my God?
 
May our Lord provide in all your needs and protect you by his gracious plan for you during this unprecedented time for our generation. In church history believers saw many similar and much worse challenges, and survived, because our spiritual fathers knew that they did not journey alone and that they will not want when Christ leads, redeems and saves. 

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