The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

~Isaiah 58:11, NLT


In our communion with God there is continuous renewal for us in the spirit of the mind.

~W. B. Hinson

As I walked in the door of my hiding place yesterday morning, I heard a voice in my mind say, “Why don’t you give it up? Why are you still trying to preach? You are probably doing more damage than good.” Suddenly a melancholy mood hit and for a moment I sat there depressed. Then I opened my devotional and read Isaiah 58:11 and then the words of Jesus, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” [John 4:11] I breathed a deep sigh of relief and began talking to the LORD. What a privilege to meet with Him each morning and to be renewed daily. Now I am getting goose bumps just thinking about it: what a privilege to meet in private with the Shepherd of my soul. Sheep need a shepherd. In ancient times when the shepherd lead his sheep to pasture, they followed in rank, in single file with each sheep knowing his place in line but during the course of the day, each sheep had the privilege of breaking rank and going directly to the shepherd. There, according to Charles L. Allen, the shepherd would gently rub their nose and ears, slightly scratching the ears and then whispering into the sheep’s ears, reassuring and encouraging. I think Mark Richt must have read Charles Allen’s book God’s Psychiatry because he use to whisper into the ear hole of his players helmets before each game. He was whispering encouragement to his players.

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Allen says {God’s Psychiatry, page 22}, “Like a watch, the human spirit can run down. We lose our drive and push. We become less willing to attempt the difficult. Like squeezing the juice out of an orange until all that is left is pulp, life has a way of squeezing the spirit out of a person until all that is left is a shell. We lose our enthusiasm and we are crusaders no longer.” David knew what it was like to feel spent, empty, washed up, burned out, worn out and on the verge of despair; this is why he wrote that famous line concerning his Shepherd–“He restores my soul.” Moffat translates it, “He revives life in me.” He can do it you know and is willing to do it on a daily basis. Truly I say unto you, life has no meaning a part from the SHEPHERD. Thank You Jesus for restoring my soul.

How often do your restore your cell phone battery? If your phone is like mine, it is an every day process. Our souls need recharging daily.

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