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 created each of us, only He can restore a soul to its proper position. The soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. We are 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 (Jeremiah 30:17). 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 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 in peace and harmony. Their souls were properly functioning because the Spirit was guiding and directing. When Adam disobeyed, there was a complete shift. The Spirit connection was broken. Their souls became distorted, rebellious, prideful, and fearful. They began acting, thinking and feeling in destructive ways.
Emotions are God-given. They are a central part of being human, enabling us to be fully alive. Emotions are powerful and real for the one feeling them. Feelings are ever changing and are not to be trusted when making life’s decisions. Emotions are capable of giving both accurate and inaccurate information. No matter how doubtful we may feel, we can decide to go forward in faith and choose to do the right thing. Rather than trying to escape from emotions, ask the Holy Spirit for revelation about them. It could be God’s call for change.
Satan uses emotions to deceive and lead astray. He works on our minds and in our emotions to try to discourage us from believing God’s Word. If we believe the lies of Satan, the lies affect our emotions. Emotions can get stirred up in the wrong direction. They may cause our faith to falter and move away from the will of God. That’s why unbelief is so destructive to the Christian faith.
Allowing the human soul to be transformed into faith and love is a human’s final frontier. Being a person of faith does not mean we will never have negative or ungodly emotions. We can exercise our faith and ask God to help us to have a good attitude, be thankful and not allow our emotions to control us so we can do what is right. God wants our emotions work for us, giving us peace and joy as we learn to respond to His Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to trust Him because He has plans to bless us, bring us into increase and lead us into a better life.
It is God’s will for us to prosper in all areas; spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. As Children of God, it is our Divine heritage to enjoy a life of abundance and prosperity as we give expression to the life of Christ. Put God first in all things, allow Him to prosper you exceedingly, abundantly above all you can ask or think, according to the power that works in you (Ephesians 3:20).