Psalm 23 is a record of benefits from God, one we all know is I shall not want. Yet, a lot of us have found ourselves, lacking. Whether it is in finances or something else, health or personal battles, we have been neglecting something or possibly through no fault of our own, just been attacked.
Sometimes, the demonic influences have attacked viciously and violently. I have seen so many people suffering health problems in a major way and they are both believers and prayer warriors. Hospitalization and even passing away, weary of the fight, having fought a fight of faith. And even a good fight of faith.
So why am I writing about restoration of souls, minds, wills and emotions? Because, the Lord restores souls. I think reading Psalm 23 everyday for a month is a good idea. See the rest He provides and even in the presence of our enemies, He prepares us a feast, so that’s not lack or famine is it?
And when we are restored we must be remember to not make the same mistakes. We can easily get into debt, over use credit cards and forget to save. There are always consequences or circumstances to deal with, we can repent of our wrongs, but like I said somethings are just warfare and He can help there too, by showing us what doors to close and how to open the windows of heaven.
He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Psalm 23:3
I will restore you to health and heal your wounds. Jeremiah 30:17, a promise to Jerusalem, but one I claim for healing and health.
Galatians 6:1 is about restoring someone gently to the fold if they have committed a trespass, I have little experience there. Often, I found myself a little hard on people who should know better, but He extends grace to sinners, so how much would offer a believer, that doesn’t mean we let the sin go without notice or mention, and certainly not to be a doormat.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12, I used to think it said my salvation, it is all about Him, true joy is in Jesus.
The prayer offered in faith will restore the sick, and if he has sinned he will be forgiven. James 5:15
Zephaniah 3:9 speaks of restoring pure lips or maybe words would be a good idea, especially among believers.
Proverbs 6:31 talks about the thief restoring sevenfold if he is caught, that was the law. But I have found that it is God who causes him too.
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you. Joel 2:25, Now again, this is Old Testament, it sounds like God is the villain. He allowed a lot because of disobedience, John 10:10 makes who the enemy is very plain. And as I said we lose out by our neglect and mistakes, but Jesus will restore us.
In John 17:11 Jesus says indeed Elijah will come and restore all things, a reference to the great tribulation. It is Moses and Elijah who appear on the mount of transfiguration, a sort of passing the torch in a way to Peter and John, many people thought John the Baptist and Jesus were Elijah, because he had been carried away in a chariot. Neither, were though there was a spirit and power of Elijah to an extent.
I realize this gets deeper into eschatology and people often disagree about the two witness, but the only two men who did not die were Enoch and Elijah, so it appears obvious that they are the men killed by the Anti Christ.
Heaven must receive Him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets. Acts 3:21 Jesus will restore and people will be raptured, a lot of things like this may be simultaneous to me, He took out healed people from Egypt. Though restoration sounds great.
However He chooses to restore or how much or little we are to receive, we remain undeserving but for His grace. So, indeed as He restores health, souls, friendships ,family or ministry, it is important for us to believe it as we receive from Him by grace, always amazed by it, I hope to be restored by grace. Rebecca Jones / Gabe Morales