Psalm 43:5(NIV) Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
“There is a difference between being discouraged, a season of discouragement and a spirit of discouragement.”
The Down Cast Soul
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick...
Deferred:…Drawn out or scattered....
Discourage v. dis·cour·age To deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
9.5% of Americans struggle with clinical depression.
He Restores My Soul…
…He guides me in paths of righteousness
“Righteousness is not a behavior. Righteousness is a position.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Paths of Righteousness: Its the fruitful, perfect pathway.
…For His names sake.
Psalm 16:7-11 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in the grave, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
1- Live close to the good Shepherd.
Matthew 11:28-29 (TPT) 28 “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. 29 Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.
Allow him to groom you.
John 15:2 He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
We were meant to yield something.
2- Lead your soul
1 Samuel 30:6 David encouraged himself in the Lord.
-Dig into the word
-Speak to your soul.
Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Isaiah 53:3-4 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.... Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.
What reasoning will you live by?
“Don’t own your condition, Own your position!”
3- Stay close to the flock.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV) 24 Let et us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.