April 30, 2016

Only God restores a soul

What is essential for your well-being?

A host of millions think that wellness consists in things that one can do, or have done to them.

Here is a partial list:

Entertainment

Massage

Exercise---walking, jogging, swimming

Gardening

Vacationing

Painting, shopping, and even performing good deeds just to name a few.

What gets your blood flowing?

What pumps you up and makes you feel good?

Do you feel like a million bucks when you get dressed-up and go out with your hubby?

Eating and drinking, and the other things I mentioned are not evil.

And neither will any of them cure what ails us.

The just shall live by faith, not how they feel, and only God restores a soul.

He does the miracle in wandering souls when, while still in sin, those souls turn and repent.

Repentance is the one thing that souls can do wherever they find themselves.

The catalyst is God pursuing you, and your repentance, and turn toward him.

We cannot serve two masters.

Is your body failing, or are you in perfect health?

Do you have a ton of money, or very little, or give away all that you have?

It matters not, for only God restores a soul.

Are you in a run-down house, with five hungry children, or in a mansion, with just a cat?

Is your mission to be the best that you can be?

Terrific, but only God restores a soul.

Should you find yourself in prison, literally or figuratively, turn and go home to God.

He makes souls completely well.

With or without a perfectly functioning body, he creates a sound mind out of a sinful one.

With or without wholesome physical surroundings, he brings one to completeness, wanting nothing.

In knowing God, a heart is decisively, and completely changed.

Upon knowing God, one walks in a new direction, and has abundant life.

Darkness turns to the light of day in the repentant soul.

Hopelessness is vanquished, and miraculously all is new.

It does not happen through any outward circumstances.

God cleans a heart when a heart turns, and in obedience says, "You're right."

Then God's righteousness fills the once darkened soul.

One cannot be filled with God, and want for anything.

He has all of a heart, or none of it.

He will have no other gods before him.

The human tendency is to think that outside stimuli makes one complete.

That search leaves one searching still.

That search proceeds from a self; it is prideful; it is vanity.

Restoration is not "Look what I have done, or can do," but "Look what God has done!"

Only God restores souls.

All glory belongs to God alone.

He receives praise no other way.

It is never God plus anything else.

What else would one need, or want, in knowing God?

He alone restores a soul.

The restored soul finds rest, and walks in paths of righteousness, for his name's sake.

The Lord is my Shepherd.
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
(Psalm 23:1-3)





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