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Psalm 23

May 13, 2018

Relational Intimacy (Psalm 23 - Week 2)

Biblical Authority — the Bible is God’s word (Voice) and will show us the right way to live if we are willing to put ourselves under its authority and adjust our lives to what God says is right, true and best.

The presence of sin is a barrier that separates us from a perfect, good and Holy LORD.

Holy — The root word for “Holy” in Hebrew means to be set apart, to be holy means to be without blemish, clean and pure. In the New Testament the word Holy is further defined by being worthy of veneration or worship. We could define Hoy this way.

God is 100% righteous, true and worthy of worship.

Genesis 2:7 (KJV)And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Soul is a difficult concept for some people to catch but it doesn’t need to be. The physical part of us is the part that dies when we stop living. The soul is connected to the other part of you. If your body is a glove, then your soul is the hand in that glove. Sould is the part of you that God breathed life into. (Naphesh and Psuche)

Soul is the spirit of life that God breathed into you when he created you, your living being. 

Sin
Sin—to fall short or do something different than what God defines as righteous and true.

Romans 6:23 (NRSV) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Death — When the Bible speak of death being a consequence of sin it can mean a couple of different things. Death of course means to be cut off from physical life. But death also means

Death--to be cut off from your spiritual identity, to be under condemnation and excluded from God’s presence.

First, when I say no to God, I am now under condemnation in a spiritual sense because I am acting in a way counter to who I was created to be.

Second, when I say no to God, I am cut off from intimacy with God.

Third, when we say no to God, the most important parts of our lives begin to die and the reason is we have uninvited God from those areas.

Fourth, when we say no to God, sin owns us.

Psalm 23:3 (NIV84) 3he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Restore change the status of who I am to who he designed me to be. 

Faith having the confidence that God is who he said he is and will do everything he promised to do.

Relational Intimacy  No matter what you have done wrong, by grace through faith in Jesus alone, it is possible to be restored into an intimate relationship with God.

Luke 19:10 (NIV84) 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Saved — that is the word Sozo—in a physical sense, it means to pull back from the edge of destruction before someone or something falls over the edge. In the spiritual sense, it is

to be pulled back from the edge of condemnation.

John 6:44 (NIV84) 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 

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