by Pastor Tim Burt
One early morning, I had only been up about ten minutes when I found my mind preoccupied with troubled thoughts over a negative situation I needed to resolve. To know me is to know that I feel violated when my mind is filled with worry! It's not God's way! His word teaches us to cast our cares unto Him. 1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) says, "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you." Until and unless we do, we can feel like hostages to worry. We are never to be hostages. Jesus has made us free!
Instead of worrying, I decided to get on my knees and worship the Lord. I began to sing Psalm 23 to Him in the first person, “Oh Lord you are my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside still waters, You restoreth my soul…” At that point I could go no further. I knew the Lord wanted me to stop there. He was speaking to me through the words, “You restoreth my soul.”
I suddenly could see something. The Lord began to show and remind me of how He had restored my soul day-after-day. He reminded me of previous times my thoughts were clouded with cares and worries. He reminded me of how He spoke to me through His Word and redirected by thoughts to a faith-filled perspective where I would see things in a different and positive light. I would be instantly encouraged and just like that, my thoughts were back on a right track—in faith trusting that the Lord was working with me.
The enemy of your soul is always trying to lead your thought-life in a negative direction of fear and despair, with hopes of leading you astray from God. I could see how time and time again, as I was digressing in thought about something, He would gently get me to pause and then give me His thoughts. He'd bring scriptures to mind or I would come across those He spoke to me through his word. He’d help me stop wrong, critical, or hurtful thinking and instead, turn my thoughts in the right direction. And the moment He did, He was restoring my soul, lifting my heart, strengthening my hope and faith! Anytime you do what the Lord is asking, you feel better—even when it’s difficult. I could see time after time the Lord had restored my soul. I broke out into thanks for God's Holy Spirit living within me. He is the divine orchestrator of these kinds of experiences.
I wonder how many Christians really get and understand that the most powerful force in all the universe abides within them? It’s true! If you are a Christian, Jesus imparted these words to all who would believe.
The Holy Spirit living within us! If that isn’t powerful enough, then God’s Word tells us that the Holy Spirit is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that know abides in us! Romans 8:11 NLT “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as He raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.”
If we will yield our time to reading His Word and praying, then each and every day the Holy Spirit of God will help us. He will restore the calm and right thinking to our lives that keeps us in a good place and the right path with Him. It’s powerful to have your soul—your mind and emotions restored by God! And this is why He is called “My Shepherd—who restores my soul.” He lives within me and you! Wow! Thank you Jesus!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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