The Shepherd


THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and restful waters. [Rev. 7:17.]
He refreshes and restores my life (my self);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. (Psalm 23:1-6 AMP)

You all know by now how I like to look up and dissect words. My favorite dictionary has come to be the Webster’s 1828 Online Dictionary. It’s beyond awesome! Why? Because it gives scripture references.
The definition it gave for shepherd is:
SHEP’HERD, n.

1. A man employed in tending, feeding and gaurding sheep in the pasture.

3. The pastor of a parish, church or congregation; a minister of the gospel who superintends a church or parish, and gived instruction in spiritual things.

God and Christ are in Scripture dinominated Shepherds, as they lead, protect and govern their people, and provide for their welfare.

I love this definition. It opens my eyes to Christ being the one who leads, protects, governs and provides for me. After reading this definition, I re-read Psalms 23.

I’m here to tell you that satan, his demons, or nobody else can tell me anything about My God. His record is too Great. I’m forever settled in His love for me and towards me. No more questions. No more doubts. I know His will for me. I understand His purpose/plan for my life.

I encourage you to meditate on Psalms 23. Allow Holy Spirit to breathe on it for you.
Whatever problem or situation you are facing today, know that The Lord is your Shepherd.

There is so much to break down in Psalm 23. Please go and order or download: Discovering the Shepherd by G.E. Johnson. God has given this gifted author such tremendous revelation on this subject.

If you’ve never made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior pray this prayer out loud with me:
Heavenly Father,
I confess that Jesus is Lord. And I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.
Thank you for coming into my heart, for giving me Your Holy Spirit as You promised, and for being Lord over my life.
Amen

That’s it! Welcome to The Body of Christ. You may not feel anything emotionally or physically but trust me, a great miracle just took place in your life.

If you prayed that prayer with me, email me @ texumjohnson@gmail.com
There are some materials that I would like to get into your hands. And again, Welcome!!!

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Wasted Oil


In early 2012 I developed a hunger and thirst for the word of God. I began to just feast on it. Reading and studying. Listening to sermons for hours everyday. I had begun to esteem the word.

Job 23:12
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

The more I ate of it the more delightful it became. I just couldn’t get enough. And one day it happened, I was listening to Kenneth E. Hagin at work ,I’ll never forget it, he was preaching on praying Ephesians 3:14-21 and Ephesians 1:15-23, I had never heard of any one actually praying the word. ( Which is the will of God)

My mind was having a hard time processing this new information.
I had never been around anyone who prayed the word of God. The only prayers I had ever heard were people begging God to do something and ending it with, if it be thy will. So to me hearing that I could pray the actual word of God fascinated me. I learned that Ephesians 3:14-21 and Ephesians 1:15-23 were actual prayers prayed by Paul by inspiration of Holy Spirit.
Immediately I began to pray these prayers over myself. Because I was starving ,I kept studying and also found Colossians 1:9-14, this was added to my prayer life as well.

Things were beginning to change, the eyes of my understanding were indeed being opened. Ephesians 1:18 was becoming my new reality. I wasn’t looking at things the same( my vision was changed), I was no longer hearing things the same( my hearing changed) My mind was being renewed but at the time I didn’t realize or understand why the world looked new. I was becoming full. It’s like when you sit down to a buffet and stuff yourself. I needed a release because I was receiving fresh revelation from Holy Spirit. It was being downloaded directly into the very core of my being. Literally uprooting stupid.

Psalms 119:130
The entrance of thy words giveth light;it giveth understanding unto the simple.

I was no longer perishing for the lack of knowledge.

My life began to be transformed. It was amazing. Like an eager child I wanted to share everything I was learning with every one I cared about. I wanted everyone to know that we don’t have to live broke, sick, angry, bitter, or live with unforgiveness .
Everything in me was bubbling up and pouring out. I began to just tell everything to everybody around me. Huge mistake!!!
I thought they all would be happy. But that didn’t happen, not even close.
Today Holy Spirit revealed to my husband that I had wasted oil. Unbeknownst to me. I was wasting my seed. Pouring into people who neither respected me or my word.
I repented immediately. Cutting the tie to every dead weight and unproductive seed I’ve sown.
No longer will I pour out what I was given in intimacy between me and Holy Spirit.

Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces. (Matthew 7:6 AMP)

From this day forward I will only pour into what and who Holy Spirit tells me to.
I now understand why I’ve been so tired and worn out. I’ve had spiritual leaches sucking me dry.
I will live this life of grace and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
There are those of us who are hungry for the things of God!!!!

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The Word confirmed


This morning I’m up reading in Psalms. I’m reading it all the way through, this is something I’ve never done before.

In doing this I’m about to take off running around my neighborhood. I can see how God confirms His word. I’m reading how He spoke it afar off because it is written in Psalms but the bible that I read from has cross references which takes you to where it is also written in The New Testament.

Holy Spirit is showing me that you can’t just read from one or the other( Old Testament vs New Testament)you must read from both because reading from just one and not the other gives you only half of the picture. My God!!! I used to wonder why the Bible just seemed repetitious? Now I know why, God confirms His word to us.

I can see the New covenant in the Old Testament. I can see Jesus in the Old Testament.
This is why I no longer just read the Bible I study and ask Holy Spirit to breathe on what I’m reading.

Lets take a look at an example….

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. [Heb. 11:3; II Pet. 3:5.] (AMP)

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.( KJV)

2 Peter 3:5
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (KJV)

Do you see how in Psalm 33:6 the writer gave a foreshadow of what is also written in Hebrews 11:3 and 11 Peter 3:5 ?

The Word of God is full of all types of yummy goodness. And by no means am I a Bible scholar. I’m just a believer who loves and places a high value on what My Father has to say to me. I take His word literally. It’s not some book of fiction stories. To me they are my reality. I can now see and understand better that I’m not under the curse I am fully under grace. And so are you if you can receive it? Selah

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Confidence in knowing God hears us


Believe it when I tell you that the enemy will come to fight you on whether or not God hears when we pray. Last night while praying, I just began to weep before God asking Him if He was listening.
I went before Him to talk, there are something’s that I’m praying about and He hasn’t shown me what I asked for (yet). I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced it before, but it’s a painful place when God is silent.

Part of a scripture came to me: I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.
I got up off my knees and began to search for scriptures promising me that God would hear me when I call out to Him.

These are just a few that I found. I decided to share them with you. So if you’re ever in the place that I found myself in you can have The Word to fight the enemy with.

I can have confidence, complete assurance God hears me:

For it is written:
1Chronicle 5:20 For they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them; because they put their trust in Him.

Psalm 3:4 I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill.

Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 50:15 And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.

Psalms 55:16 As for me, I will call upon God;and the Lord shall save me.

Psalms 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:and he shall hear my voice.

Ps 56:9 When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

Ps 57:2 I will cry to God most high; to God that performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven,and save me from the reproach of him that will swallow me up.

Psalms 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

Ps 66:20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.

Ps 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me.

Ps 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him.

Ps 107:6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.

Ps 118:5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

Is 30:19 He will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer you.

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Mat 7:7Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you: For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Mat 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?

Mat 18:19 Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.

Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Jn 14:13And whatsoever you shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.

2Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

1 John 5:14
I can have confidence, complete assurance God hears me:

1Chronicle 5:20 For they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them; because they put their trust in Him.

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1 John 5:15
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

God is our Abba Father!!! He hears us when we cry!!! He is faithful!!!
His promises are true to all who believe on Him!!!!

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