Psalm 23:3 NKJV – The Lord restores

He restoreth my soul…

The Lord restores.  The Lord lovingly cares for His people.  Restore is defined as, “energize somebody; to give somebody new strength and vigor.”  Well, that is exactly what the Lord does.  There have been times recently that I’ve needed to be restored.  For various reasons, both spiritually and physically, I’ve needed to be restored.  Each time, my own ability and my own effort was not nearly enough.  I needed personal revival.

Personal revival is the bringing back of individuals to life and vigor by the work of the Holy Spirit.  God renewed my very being; my life before Him and my lost vitality.  God is active in bringing personal revival but the believer must take the responsibility for it.  “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV)  Revival always begins in us.

God is at work in all that happens to us, whether to warn us, to draw us unto Him, or to pour out blessings upon us.  God has a purpose in all the experiences that believers have in life.  “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (Ephesians 1:11 NKJV)  All things…His will.  A sweeping statement on the extent of God’s will.

And in all of life’s experiences, believers should be thankful and trusting.  God saw and God knew exactly what I needed to be restored.  God gave me a choice; to follow His will and His Word or not.  When I began to see what I was facing, I began to pray.  When God began to lay out what was needed for my restoration, my personal revival, I began to pray.  I began to call upon the Lord in prayer and seek others who would join with me in prayer.  And “He restoreth my soul”

Friend, when you are weary and feel you need to be restored, seek God.  When things bring you down both physically and spiritually, seek God.  When you feel you need a personal revival, seek God.  Allow the Holy Spirit to touch you.  Open yourself up to receive from God new strength and vigor; to be energized.  If you don’t know what to say, pray this, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.”  Oh, what a promise.  We have a choice.  It begins with us.  Make that choice, my friend.

Precious Lord, thank You for restoring us.  Thank You Lord for caring for us both physically and spiritually.  Thank you that when we call upon Your name, You respond.  Help us Lord to always make the choice to come to You.  Revive us, Holy Spirit.  Revive us today.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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