Restoring My Soul

“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

The soul has been described as the seat of human emotions, desires and passions. The soul is also said to be the seat of the conscience and some scientific ideas attribute the soul to an “electromagnetic life force.” Christian philosophy attributes the soul as being connected to our spirits and the two function together. When we choose to live for God, to serve him and to submit ourselves to him, then we live with a pure conscience before God. Ignoring the laws of God and living a life that is submitted to the flesh is likened to, “having one’s conscience seared with a hot iron” (2 Timothy 4:2).

A seared conscience is one that is callous and almost dead to the things of God. It also suggests immorality and a life lived in rebellion against God. It was Ezekiel who said that, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). This relates to a spiritual death and a spirit that is separated from God. We have to remain connected to God who is the true vine to remain alive in Jesus Christ. God formed us at creation and we live and exist through him. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

The creation cannot exist outside of the creator or deny that God exists. We seek him daily to remain filled with his presence and so that we can bear good fruits. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Being separated from God leave us without the life and source of comfort and hope that we need to live a victorious life. Staying close to God ensures that we continue to live victorious in him. Our relationship with God keeps us grounded and provides daily refreshing for our souls.

“which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19).

A.P.-Y.

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