KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 23:3 KJV “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
In our previous discussions, the Lord taught us that it is in submitting to him, that gives us the ability to receive the best from Him. Remember that in making us lie down, it is from the best pastures, greener pastures. He also leads us beside still waters. It is not the fast-flowing turbulent ones. This leads us to our next Fact to be established in this life. STRENGTHENING OF OUR INNER MAN.
A strong man is not just a man who has achieved a lot, but the many difficulties or struggles that he has conquered. Your ability to conquer depends on how strong you are within your heart and mind. Prov 24:10 KJV” If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” We are strengthened in our souls when we have received His instructions and obeyed them. God’s word when received builds us up. Acts 20:32 KJV “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” The man who feeds continually on the word would end up as very tough and rugged for God. He would not be easily moved. Isaiah 7:15 KJV Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. Honey and butter are all symbols of the glorious word of God. It says, as He partakes of them, He would know how to choose right from wrong. The biggest challenge is having the ability to choose or act rightly all the time.
The same verse 3 of Psalm 23, says He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Remember that, the path of the Just, is as a shinning light, that shines, brighter and brighter, unto the perfect day, Prov 4:18. The way of the wicked are as darkness, they do not know when they stumble. It is always the enlightened who walk upright and as a result, are established. The soul of a man is the self-conscious part of him. It forms a man’s personality. It is a combination of the mind or intellect, emotions, and will or volition. A person who is not privileged to feed on the right words, or refuses truth but feeds on lies would not have a strong mind. This word distorts his emotions, making him, fearful jittery or easily worried. His actions or will, will be very wrong. He would surely lead a very difficult life. This should not be your portion.
Doing the word of God strengthens my inner man. I am able to stand against the storms of life because I am a doer of the word of God. The engraved word saves my soul.
THOUGHT: THE DEPTH OF YOUR ROOTS IN GOD, DETERMINES YOUR STRENGTH AGAINST DIFFICULTIES.
Mat 7:24, 25 KJV Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Jas 1:21 KJV” Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”