Part 4 of The Gift of Rest
Do you feel empty because of everything you’re going through? God wants to fill you up! God’s will is for us to live in peace & security. He knows our weaknesses that’s why He commands us to rest in His loving arms. Finding time to rest once every week amplifies our need for Him. When we depend on Him, He will shower us with His protection and provision.
[ “The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:25-26 ]
People, material things, beauty, fame and power will never completely satisfy us. Everything in this world will either change, worn out, leave or die. Don’t let external things be the source of your joy. Now is the time to invest in a relationship that will last forever, a relationship that guarantees true and lasting joy.
“I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”-John 15:11
Like everyone else, you and I make mistakes… but because of what Jesus has done for us, we don’t have to make the same mistakes over & over again. With the new life God has gifted us, we can shake off our negative feelings, have a new attitude and become the person God created us to be.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” -2 Cor 5:17
One of the greatest promises in the Bible is, “You will keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in You.” Keeping our peace doesn’t exempt us from encountering difficult people in our lives. But God wants us to remain calm and still do what’s right whenever we are tempted by the enemy to lose our temper.
Remember that as God’s redeemed children, we are loved & protected by our Father in Heaven. There’s more blessing, extra reward and great favor when we choose to follow His will.
[ But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35 ]
How can you overcome the pain of being falsely accused and judged? Just like Daniel who was left alone in the lion’s den, the enemy will always make you feel that you are alone in your trials, but that is not true. Know that the LORD has set you apart for Himself and He will hear you when you call. He is reminding you today that no matter how much pain some people may have caused you, it’s not about what you can do, but what He can do with your problem when it’s fully surrendered to Him.
[ “For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. They will be protected forever…” -Psalm 37:28 ]
When we look at other people rather than God to meet our needs, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Why? Because people around us are not perfect. Nobody is. What we should do instead is to pour all our trust in the LORD, for He is the one who said, “Do not worry about anything, instead pray. Tell Him what you need and thank Him for what He has done.”
[“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.”- Psalm 28:7]
We live in a world today where lots of things demand our attention constantly. Right after we overcome one problem, another suddenly steps in. The Lord knows how tiring this can be. He understands our need for someone to give us hope, someone who we can trust & give us rest. He is The One that we need. If you feel burdened today, it’s time to rest in God’s presence. Quit thinking too much and carrying the burden on your own. Just entrust everything to Him & you will find rest for your tired and weary soul.
[ “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28 ]
Whenever we feel tired of waiting for God’s answer to our prayers, His grace enables us to move forward. Trusting in His grace means we don’t have to strive and struggle through this life to prove ourselves and to make it on our own. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.
“And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” -Psalm 9:10
What do you do when your heart is filled with worry? Each of us will encounter trials in our lives. There will be times when we feel overwhelmed by our problems. Whenever you feel like giving up, always remember what the Lord has promised you.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow…for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him.” (Matt 6:8,34) If you want to experience peace today, go and meditate on God’s Word for you. Choose to believe in Him, because His words will never pass away.
[ “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” -1 Peter 5:7 ]
[ “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?” -Matthew 6:26 ]
In Matthew 6:27, Jesus asked, “who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
This statement shows how God takes our fears seriously. He asks us to not worry because having doubts in our mind will only lead to complaining. When we doubt God, we tend to make decisions outside of His will. We tend to do things on our own. He is reminding us today that if we want to see miracles happen in our life, we need to learn to trust Him completely and live by faith.
“Then Jesus said, Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” – John 11:40