He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Psalm 23:3 KJV

As I was studying yesterday I noticed something about this scripture that I have read many times, that I had never noticed before.  There is a semi colon between soul and he leadeth me.  I realized that the way He restores my soul is by leading me in paths of righteousness or what is right in His sight.  Now we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  We have been placed into right standing with The Father because of what Jesus did.  Your soul will never be right or function right if you do not understand righteousness.  As a matter of truth The Word says, that anyone who is not skillful in the word of righteousness is still a babe.  The first thing you must understand is that if you are a born again believer, you are now and forever in right standing with God the Father.

Please understand something SO YOU CAN REST.  NOTHING you do or don’t do can change your righteous status.  Why?  Because you did not do anything to obtain or get it.  It was given to you when you accepted Jesus as a GIFT.

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 KJV

If someone gives you a gift and it is truly a gift there is nothing done for it.  The only thing there is to do is to receive it.  Another translation makes it even clearer as it says those who receive the gratuity of righteousness.  You have to pay your bill at the restaurant but the gratuity is solely at your discretion.  It’s based on the heart of the giver.  Now Jesus said something that is important and keep in mind we are still talking about having your soul restored.  Let’s look at what Jesus said first so we can understand what I am about to explain.

I’m leaving you at peace (Shalom). I’m giving you My own (Shalom) peace. I’m not giving it to you as the world gives. So don’t let your hearts be troubled, and don’t be afraid.  John 14:27 International Standard Version

Jesus said He does not give the way the world gives.  How does the world give?  They will give and take it back when you make them mad, or do something they don’t like or won’t do something they want you to.  The Father is not like that.  He already said that His GIFTS and His CALLING are without repentance.  That means He is not going to change His mind about your righteous status.   But what if I act up or sin?  We all do that and that is not a license to sin the fact is you are going to miss it.  If you were perfect you would not have needed Jesus or mercy or grace.  YOU ARE COVERED.  Once you renew your mind to this you will walk in a greater level of confidence knowing The Father loves you no matter what.  Why? Because God has gone soft on sin?  NO!!!  Because He poured all the punishment for every sin you ever have and will commit out on Jesus.  You receive the abundance of GRACE and stop letting people or even preachers who do not understand GRACE and the GIFT of righteousness talk you out of the SHALOM that Jesus gave you.  When you know He is not going to take it back you walk on in confidence and your mistakes become fewer and fewer and further and further between each other.  Then you become GRACE-conscious instead of sin-conscious. Then you will REIGN in LIFE!!!  That’s when He can restore your soul as you allow Him to lead you in the paths of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS not yours.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!