Grace World Outreach Church
Psalm 23: The Dark Valley
Pastor Daniel K Norris
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  • Grace World Outreach Church
    20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601, USA
    Sunday 11:30 AM
  • http://www.graceworldag.churchonline.org
    Sunday 10:00 AM
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Psalm 23 offers us “Rest and restoration when your world is Rocked”

23:4 Even 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.

Verse four is a story about walking through the dark places of life, yet finding faith in the one who walks with you.

God loves to develop a story where the obstacles are great and the time is short because the greater the trial, the greater the suspense - the greater the victory. The greater the victory, the greater the glory He receives!

Three thoughts about this story of yours

1) The valley is part of your story
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death"

- Valleys are Inevitable

Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

Mat 4:1 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

God will often lead us where we do not want to go, to get us to where He wants us to be

- Valleys are Impartial

Matt 5:44 For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Your low is not God’s punishment just as your high is not God’s reward for your behavior

- Valleys produce FRUIT

Mountain tops are beautiful, but valleys are fruitful

- Valleys produce FAITH

1 Peter 1:7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

2) The Author of your story is with you in the valley
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

He didn't just WRITE it, He WALKS it

Deu 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Would you rather have leader in the valley or a light? This author wrote in a shepherd who is both a leader and a light!

- My Shepherd is a fearless LEADER
Pro 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.He will direct your path

- My Shepherd is a faithful LIGHT
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Phil 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

3) Even in my greatest conflict, I can find greater comfort
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

The Rod = The Protection of the Lord

The Staff = The Direction of the Lord

Heb 12:6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

I never have to question his motivation… it is always love

4 Keys For Getting Through the Valley
1) Remember, the valley is inevitable and necessary but it is not permanent. You will emerge!
2) Trust the One who not only brought you in. He will also bring you out!
3) Look for the fruit in the valley. It's all around!
4) Expect to emerge Faith-FILLED. Stronger on the other side!
#UNITE714
Dates: 12 July 2020 through 18 July 2020

And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
Luke 18:1-8 (ESV)

…so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12 (ESV)

THE PRAYER

Lord, for the last few months, we have been coming to You, with one voice, from 179 nations around the world. We thank You for Your mitigation of COVID-19. Without Your divine aid, things could have been far worse. Yet, many of us find ourselves in nations still in the clutches of this pandemic. Our economies have not recovered. Our lands are in deep need of spiritual and social healing. Despite these realities, we refuse to lose heart. You promise to give justice to Your people as we cry out to you day and night.
Lord, with one voice, we ask You to eradicate COVID-19 and bring healing to our nations.

Heavenly Father, You are not an unjust Judge. Even when the answers to our prayers are seemingly delayed, there is a higher purpose at work. As we continue to cry out before Your throne, fill us with fresh power, hope, and love. May we have the faith to fully cooperate with You when Your Spirit is freshly poured out on the earth.

Heavenly Father, send a fresh move of Your Spirit that will lead to the salvation of millions of people around the world.

Lord, there are times when faith alone does not help us to see our prayers answered. It takes faith and patience to receive Your promised breakthrough. Therefore, we refuse to quit. Continue to build in us a faith that does not wither in the heat of crisis or break under the weight of impossibility.

Lord, we pray You would find faith in our hearts as You awaken Your church and save the lost through a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit.

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