Renewal Ministries of Colorado Springs

_____________________________________________________

 

Hope and Healing Through Christ-Centered Ministry

 

 

 

He Restores My Soul

  

 
 

 

 

One of the many things that I love about God is found in Psalm 23:3a. “He restores my soul.” In the Amplified Bible, it reads, “He refreshes and restores my life (my self).”

 

Can you think of specific instances when you have been discouraged, bowed down by the pressures and demands of life? It does not have to be a catastrophic event that threatens the health of one’s soul. More often than not, it is the small things continually building, one upon another, until the accumulated weight brings despair. You continue to perform but you lack emotional vitality. You go through the motions meeting the expectations of others while inwardly there is a growing numbness, a weakening of the soul.

 

In this state of the soul, there is also increased vulnerability to various temptations. If the need for spiritual refreshing and renewal is not recognized the condition of the soul continues to erode. Here is where one becomes increasingly self-focused. Relationships strain as emotions wear thin. The thought processes become clouded, as the moral fabric continues to be unraveled. This person maintains their religious persona but the authenticity and joy of their relationship with God has diminished. Given enough time, the consequences become more severe, straying further from God to pursue sinful desires. This continued eroding of the human soul is a slow and progressive process that has brought many to ruin.

   

 

When confronted a person at this stage slips into ego management, denying that there is any reason for concern, saying, what is your problem! Everything is just fine!  When the state of their soul is questioned they minimize, it’s not as bad as you think. Often they will blame shift while playing the victim. It’s gut wrenching watching people we know and love caught in a downward spiral refusing to listen to what they call, those holier than thou do gooders. “Why don’t they just live their own lives and leave me alone!”

 

Space does not allow me the liberty of revealing the many ways in which our loving God patiently pursues the weary and thirsty soul. Whether discouraged like Elijah when threatened by Jezebel (1 Kings 19:2-8) or David pursued by Saul, God will refresh the soul. When in fear and doubt like Peter, who denial Christ (Matt. 26:75) or Thomas who could not believe Jesus had risen from the dead (John 20:26-8), God’s desire is to restore the joy of our salvation (Psalm 51:12a).

 

God’s grace extends to the prodigal’s (Luke 15:11-24, Matt.18:12-13) “after it has backslidden from him, heals its backslidings, and restores it to his favor” (The Adam Clarke Commentary, Ps. 23:3).

God brings us back, relieves, refreshes, and comforts our soul with renewed discoveries of His love and the promises of His word,

  

(c)  George Stahnke  (Printable Copy)

     

If you wish to reproduce all or any portion of this teaching, advanced written permission is requested. Such permission may be obtained by letter, fax or email.  Please give a detailed description of what specific portion of this material you want to use and how you plan to use it. Our desire is encourage the Body of Christ. There is no charge for private personal use of any of this file.

   

Home l Our Founder l Speaking l General Topics l Ministry Helps l Contact Info l Donate l Our Beliefs l Reprint Request l Parenting

Counseling l Our Method l Forms & Tests l Worksheets l Resources l Location Maps l Testimonies l Payment l Podcasts l Knowing God

_________________________________________________

Hope and Healing Through Christ-Centered Ministry

4585 Hilton Parkway, Suite 202 . Colorado Springs CO 80907 . (719) 287-8023 www.renewalcs.org

_________________________________________________