At some point in our lives, the Lord challenges us with a question about priorities. Who’s first for us? Is it our loved ones? Our work, dreams, possessions? Or is it God? Self-denial is not a popular word, but the Lord wants to teach us today that as we surrender “all our rights” to Him, we also open the door that will “make things right” for us. Let’s allow God to change our lives by changing how we think & how we prioritize. Don’t worry, His plan for us is far more perfect than anything we can ever imagine.
[“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” -Ephesians 3:20]
[“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life— such a person cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” -Luke 14:26-27]
What we think about matters a lot. That’s why when God asks us to redirect our minds, He is not trying to control us, but instead, He wants to save us from heartache and pain. He wants to protect us and keep us on the best path. Believe today that as you choose to think about things that pleases Him, He will show you His incredible grace and favor.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”-2 Timothy 1:7
When the things we hope for doesn’t happen and when we are in great pain, the enemy will always tell us that the easy way out is to just give up. But God is reminding us to do the opposite; to still hang on and not lose hope. Because on the other side of every setback is an opportunity. He wants us to remember that the difficulties we face today is not there to defeat us… they are there to increase us.
[ “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12 ]
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 ]