THIS WEEKS DEVOTION

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Psalm 23

God Restores: I Will Restore

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

(You don’t have to answer all of these out loud but maybe share if comfortable)

1. Why would we need to be restored?

2. Is there an area in your life where you have strayed from God?

3. Can you think of a time when straying got you in trouble?

How are you:

Physically

Emotionally

Mentally

Spiritually

4. Read these two passages and share your thoughts

Isaiah 53:6

6 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. 

Luke 15

4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

5. What is a cast sheep?

A cast sheep, is a sheep that loses its sense of gravity and winds up in a situation where he or she can’t get their feet back on the ground.

6. Why is John 10:27-30 such good news?

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 

7. How do these verses relate to spiritual exhaustion?

Lamentations 1:16-17

16 “This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed.” 

Isaiah 40:31

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Jeremiah 31:25

25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Philemon 1:20

20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

8. Consider these verses and tell how you might apply them.

Deuteronomy 3:28

28 But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”

Psalm 10:17

17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,

Acts 15:32

32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

1 Thess 5:11

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thess 5:14

14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

Hebrews 3:13

13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.