Living in the Goodness of God — Part 4
“The Lord is MY Shepherd, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
WHAT DAMAGES MY SOUL?
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” Job 5:2 (GNT)
“You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4 (GNT)
“My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear... I’m bowed down and brought low; all day long I go about mourning.” Psalm 38:4,6 (NIV)
“Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief.” Psalm 31:9 (NCV)
HOW DOES JESUS RESTORE IT?
1. JESUS ____________________________________________________________.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 (NLT)
2. JESUS ____________________________________________________________.
“But he was pierced for OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, he was crushed for OUR INIQUITIES; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV)
3. JESUS _____________________________________________________________.
“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was OUR weaknesses he carried; it was OUR sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!” Isaiah 53:3-4 (NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
“To all who mourn... he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 (TLB)
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND?
“All of us have sinned... yet God declares us ‘not guilty’ IF we trust in Jesus Christ, who in mercy freely takes away our sins.” Romans 3:23-24 (TLB)
“Get rid of all bitterness... forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)
“Never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said He will repay those who deserve it.” Romans 12:19 (TLB)
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will NOT consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.” Psalm 19:7 (NAS)