The Lord Restores My Soul
“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.” Psalm 23:1-3
God is a God of restoration. Since God is the one who made us, only He can restore the souls to our proper position! The soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. We are a three-part being made up of a spirit (the part that lives for eternity), a soul and the body we live in. The soul is where we bury past hurts, brokenness or disappointments. When God restores our soul, He brings healing to those wounded places and makes us whole again. God makes us stronger, wiser, more alive, more confident and more loving than before.
The disobedience of Adam and Eve released a spiritual death upon all who are born. But God had a plan to destroy that death and restore His people to their proper state; a container for His power to live as ourselves on earth (II Corinthians 4:7). God came to earth and called Himself Jesus. Everything Jesus did on earth by His birth, death and resurrection was done for us and is recorded by our names written in heaven. Because of Jesus’ obedience to God’s divine plan to defeat death, His provision for life, health, and peace is released to those who accept Him as Savior.
Before Adam’s disobedience, he and Eve walked by the Spirit, fellowshipping with God. Their souls were properly functioning because the Spirit was doing the guiding and directing. When Adam disobeyed, there was a complete shift. The Spirit connection was broken, their souls became distorted. They began acting, thinking and feeling in destructive ways. Because Adam experienced fear for the first time, he immediately blamed Eve. The distorted soul will be controlled by fear, wanting to live by excuses. They are called ‘reasons why’.
Allowing the distorted soul to be transformed into faith and love is a human’s final frontier. Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior gives us the Holy Spirit. He is the helper to restore our souls (John 14:26). But sometimes people are guided by distorted feelings. We are used to living by fear, not faith. “…receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save (transform) your souls.” (James 1:21). To be restored, cooperation with the Holy Spirit is required. It is God’s initiative to mold us into His perfect plan.
There is no escape from the concept of ‘say it to be so’ (Psalm 107:2). The power of speaking faith words set off a vibration necessary for transformation. It is our privilege and responsibility to speak faith words and claim God’s promises (II Timothy 3:16). If we allow the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse our hearts, repent of doubt and commit our heart and mind to faith filled declarations of our Lord, things happen.
The scripture tells us that our creative faith words shall accomplish that which is desired and they shall not return void, but prosper (Isaiah 55:11). Our words are the key to an abundant life!
“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want…” God is our protector and provider.
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures…” This is seeing and feeling abundance. A green pasture for sheep is total provision and a continuous supply.
“He leads me by the still waters…” Water means abundance of ideas and opportunities. Still is being aware of the voice for direction.
“He restores my soul…” To what? To its proper function. God has predestined a plan for our restoration before the beginning of time. When we allow God to do so, He guides the Holy Spirit to fulfill His purpose for our lives. Practice faith instead of fear. Practice imagining what it would feel like having a sense of well-being, belonging, certainty and confidence. These are a true Spiritual mind-set that attract blessings and opportunities. Use your faith imagination to create your dreams and desires (Genesis 11:6).
“He leads me in the path of righteousness…” God individually leads us in the path that is right for us. This is complete dependence on the Lord for being our righteousness and our power to live without condemnation.