Real Restoration (The Lord Is My Shepherd - Part 3 Psalm 23:1-3)
by Minoli Haththotuwa
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(The Lord Is My Shepherd - Part 3 Psalm 23:1-3)
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.”
Jesus is in the restoration business! He picks us up and makes us better than we were before! He restores us and makes us whole. From the day our hearts connect to His, we begin a journey of renewal and re-creation as He takes us from strength to strength, and from glory to glory. Jesus wants to bring some restoration into your life today so read on, and receive everything He has for you.
Eat and drink what the Lord has provided. The Shepherd invites His sheep to partake of the green grass and the still waters. He wants us to eat of His Word and be filled with His Spirit. As we stop to take a break by the river and drink deep of the sweet, clear waters, we receive dynamite power for the journey! Feed daily on His Word, and let your heart and mind be renewed and changed. Worship Him, and see yourself become like Him, filled with His love and tenderness. Your days may be very crowded with things to do, but if you could take a little time to make Jesus the foundation of your day, it could totally transform your life! It would change the way you see things, and how you approach every situation in your life. As you keep this up with consistency, you will find a few weeks down the road that your attitudes and perceptions are different, and that you are seeing things from God’s perspective. You will see the wisdom of the Holy Spirit manifested in your daily life. The Word of God truly is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. (Psalm 119:105). As you saturate yourself in worship and the Word, and seek His presence daily, you will sense and hear from others that the fragrance of Jesus is filling your life and released wherever you go. You will be ‘leaking’ the sweet peace of Heaven!
Let Him restore your soul. What a wonderful relief to be able to stop having to figure everything out and to trust God instead! Restoration of the soul comes from completely trusting Him and allowing ourselves to be carried in His arms. The ‘still’ waters represent the peace that we can enjoy when we lay our lives down before Jesus and allow Him to be Lord over everything. It is the peace that comes from the presence of the Prince of Peace. It is the peace that comes from knowing that we are not expected to earn His blessings or fight our way to the front to get His attention. It is the peace that comes from knowing that we cannot change ourselves but that He is able to do it by the power of the precious Holy Spirit moving upon our hearts. It is the very special healing peace of our heavenly Father who loves us and holds our lives in His hands. He is the healer of our hearts. He is the restorer of our souls. He loves us the way we are and has called us to be His kids, joint heirs of His heavenly riches, and partners in His Kingdom. He fills our lives with His abundant love, not because of anything we have done or who we are, but because of who He is. Take a few moments to focus on Jesus and thank Him for His loving kindness to you, and let this Truth restore your soul! He loves and values you, and misses you when you are not able to take time to fellowship with Him.
I feel the Lord saying to His precious ones today: “ I will never ever leave you nor forsake you. From the very moment that you placed your hand in Mine, we became One. We are in covenant through Eternity. So let me bring my restoration to the soul wounds that you carry. Let me heal your heart. I want to break off stress and anxiety, and every kind of fear from you, so let Me take your heart into mine and bring you to where I want you to be: Completely restored, completely whole, completely filled with my power and my life. You are Mine!”
Know that you are completely safe as you rest in God and lean on Him. His healing hand is upon you. As you feed on His presence, and trust in His love, He is restoring your soul and making you whole, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
Minoli Haththotuwa, 14 October 2013
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