Last week, in Part 2 of Psalm 23, I wrote briefly about my experience with spiritual and relational manipulation. It has been one of the most painful and pivotal lessons in my fifty-plus years. In the past, I put a lot of faith and trust in people instead of only God. I cared deeply about how others, especially in the church, perceived me. I put pastors and leaders over my spiritual health and well-being because it was easier to trust someone with skin on over Someone Who is Spirit. Anytime we put anyone or anything above God, it doesn’t work. Ever.
Today, I know for sure that Jesus rescued me in mysterious and powerful ways. Through my journey, He continues to incinerate idols in my heart including people and systems that I placed beside Him or above Him on the throne of my heart.
Christine Caine writes: You are not God. It’s not an insult to a pastor/elder/deacon, but a reminder that no one can give us what only God can give us. At some point, we have to surrender our attempts to control everything and everyone and learn how to place all our trust in God. It’s hard to let go of the wheel. (First Things First How did I get Here? 5/21/2021)
Father God, even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You already have! Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of Your Love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near. (Psalm 23:4 TPT ) Abba Daddy, You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit; You give me all I can drink of You until my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5 NIV & TPT) I am forever grateful. I love You.