“He leads me beside still waters”. He wants to restore your soul. Are you making it your daily habit to let Him? #GodTheRestorer #Restored

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. —Psalm 23:1-3
Today I continue my spiritual feeding on David’s great psalm. The familiar phrase, “He restores my soul,” is actually a statement of conclusion. In other words, green pastures and still waters are the way God restores our souls. And if we stop long enough to let God speak to us, we’ll discover that our souls need His restoring.
Look at the expression “He restores my soul.”The literal translation is He causes my life to return. The word restore means replenish, to return to its original state. Restoring my soul means God keeps me going and gives the enjoyment of life back to me. Notice it’s not some general or physical restoration. “He restores my soul.”

Soul is a very important word in the Bible. The Hebrew term nephesh can be translated soul, life,heart, or mind. Nephesh is the word used in Genesis 2:7 to describe what happened when God breathed into the clay figure He had made: “The man became a living creature [or soul].” Soulrefers to the immaterial part of you that will survive beyond this life. The central thing that is most youabout you is your soul. Your soul relates and responds to God. 
So, if God continually “restores my soul,” how does He do it? First, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” In Hebrew, “green pastures”literally means the tender grass. In sheep terms, it’s rich, lush feeding places from which the flock need never move to be satisfied. Green pastures represent for us the bread of life that is God’s Word and God’s Son (see Luke 4:4; John 6:35). He provides all the nourishment we need, and we need it continually.

Those who really know God, also know He “makes” us lie down sometimes. We’re not smart enough or willing enough to do many things for our own good. But our Shepherd will do what He needs to do to get us where we need to be in green pastures so He can restore our souls.

Second, “He leads me beside still waters.” God says, What are you doing over there? C’mon over here. This is where the water is quiet. This is where you can be refreshed. My living water is deep and plentiful. And it restores your soul. Sheep are scared by troubled waters, and so are we. God provides the still waters of His thirst-quenching presence. He can satisfy your deepest longings every time you turn to Him (see John 7:37–38).
Notice the word beside. This isn’t some down-to-the-river-and-out-again experience. Beside thestill waters is where you can live your life. It isn’t a monthly or a weekly thing; it’s a daily, continuous replenishing. You’re walking with Christ beside still waters, drinking in His presence. You’re alone with Him, not thinking about the time. It’s quiet . . . and He’s restoring you.
God wants to make you lie down in green pastures and lead you beside still waters. He wants to restore your soul. Are you making it your daily habit to let Him?

Make an appointment with Him. Listen carefully to Him. Open your heart and mind to the things He wants to free you from bitterness, lust, pride, anger, jealousy, unforgiveness….He wants to heal, restore you. He wants to unclogged your hearts, minds and spirits and set you free. Take the remedy He prescribes, and watch your soul restored and prosper. 

Today, Trust His Guidance. His plans are perfect!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Sometimes we forget that God knows the plans He has for us and that they are good plans. He will give you needed strength for each day and His purpose will prevail in your life.
Take a moment to remind yourself, though you may not understand it all, God is working His plan for you in Christ Jesus, working all things together according to the good counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11) Today, you can trust His guidance! 

Be joyful in Hope —

Be Joyful in Hope
In Romans 12:12, the Apostle Paul makes a very simple statement: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Why was the Apostle Paul so upbeat even though he experienced things that you and I will never experience in our lifetimes? Why was Paul able to rejoice in hope despite being in situations that seemed hopeless? Paul’s hope was founded and based on faith, and faith is founded upon God’s own promises. That’s why he could say, “Be joyful in hope” even when he was physically suffering. His hope was anchored in refusing to doubt God’s oath and God’s covenant that He made with His own blood.
When we are faced with times of trouble, trials, and hardships, what does Satan do? He comes to us and says, “Does God really love you? If He loves you, then why are you suffering while your neighbor — who has no regard for God, who doesn’t trust in God, who knows nothing about God — is a picture of health and prosperity? Does God really love you?”
At that moment, you have two options. Option No. 1 is to hold a pity party and to get angry with God. But then you have option No. 2. You can say to the devil: “Devil, when you and your followers are frying in hell, I will be in a heavenly body. Devil, when you and your followers are agonizing in the Lake of Fire, I will be hopping from one planet to another without any physical limitation. Devil, when you are crying your eyes out, I will have no tears. Devil, when you and your followers are gnashing your teeth, I am going to be at an eternal party.”
So what made Paul rejoice in the midst of the spiritual darkness? It was His redemption. It meant everything to him. The reason we get down and get discouraged is that we have lost sight of the fact that Christ lives in us. But if we keep ourselves fixed on our redemption, then we remember that our hope produces endurance. Hope produces perseverance.
When you know that God has a detailed plan and purpose for your life and you know that God wants to be glorified in your life, you are going to endure the difficulties, and you are going to have hope in hopeless situations. You will, like the Apostle Paul, be joyful in hope.

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. – John 3:30 #ChristLivesInMe #HeartCheck

To me, one of the most beautiful and meaningful passages is found when Paul stated:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Would it not be wonderful to be able to state these same words when it comes our time to die? I believe Paul could state these words because of he was totally committed to God in his life. I also believe that if we would be totally committed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we could declare the same thing. It will take commitment on our parts to go to heaven! Thus, I ask you, “how committed to the Lord are you?” Which means, we must die, must surrender all and justified by faith. Does Christ live in you? 

God is faithful ALWAYS even when we are not.

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food … yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” – (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Sometimes it seems like no one understands or cares about us, and that can feel pretty lonely. But no matter how bad we feel, we are never alone. God is always present, and his love for us never changes. How do I know that? I have lived and experienced pain, lost, betrayal, loneliness, fear, doubts and the made belief lies the enemy told me. He often reminds me of my past weaknesses and insecurities. Truth is, God is with me, ALWAYS, even in the mist of the pain, trials, tribulations, loneliest, lowliest, darkness hours, doubts, fears and insecurities. The trials made me STRONGER and WISER. TRIALS OFTEN REVEAL WEAKNESSES IN US TO HELP REMIND US OF HOW MUCH WE NEED TO DEPEND UPON GOD ALL THE MORE TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE – BRING ABOUT SPIRITUAL GROWTH.  His UNSPEAKABLE JOY overflows my heart daily. His is with me and with Him I cannot fail and will NEVER walk alone. Let me remind you that His promises are true. 

Today, I celebrate His FREEDOM and FAITHFULNESS in my life! My heart is forever shaped for the future. You can and you will to. Look to HIM. 
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — (Romans 8:38-39)

I know it can be painful to be alone. And I know the thoughts of being set aside are loud and overwhelmingly tempting to believe in the hollows of feeling unnoticed and uninvited.
But as you pray through your feelings, see if maybe your situation has more to do with you being prepared than you being overlooked.

There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to look past being set aside to see God’s call for her to be set apart.

Hang on to God’s truths today, Our God is forever faithful! Remember God will never formed you, knitted you in your mother’s womb, put you on and leave you all by yourself. He alows us to go through heartache and pain so our faith can grow stronger and deeper in Him. He first loved us. He chose you for such a time as this. John 15:16a, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you.” (NLT)

If loneliness, depression, discouragement is settling down on you like a cold fog today, warm up the sunbeams of a promise of scripture. Search through the Bible until you find the very promise God has for you today. Be like Abraham who did not waver at the promise, but was strengthened in faith, fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He had promised.

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Today, don’t worry, trust! 

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”‭— 2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:8‬ ‭
Are you worried about a need in your life right now? Perhaps you’ve forgotten how often God’s promises to meet all of our needs as we trust him.
“I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭
“Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:9-10‬ ‭
“……..for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need…….”—Genesis‬ ‭33:11‬ ‭
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”—Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭
Your Heavenly Father is a great provider, and in Christ we have all His promises and all our provisions. Today, don’t worry. Trust.

If the son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Be Free! 

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. — 1 Corinthians 9:19
Grace frees us from the law of sin and death. But, our freedom is not to be used for rebellion or for self-gratification. Instead, we are to use our freedom redemptively, just as Jesus did (cf. Philippians 2:5-11). We can voluntarily limit that freedom to help others still caught in bondage to sin and false ideas about God. We can use the freedom of the Spirit to be transformed to be like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Let’s use our freedom to rejoice and to bless.