Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Matthew 11:28-30  "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

THE MESSAGE  "Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to Me.  Get away with Me and you'll recover your life.  I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with Me - watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Do you ever feel wiped out physically?  Do you ever feel emotionally drained?  Is your spiritual life as vibrant and fresh as it once was, or is it lacking?  Do you sense you need a refreshing?

God created us as three dimensional beings.  Body, soul and spirit.  We are spirit beings who live in a body and have a soul (mind, will, intellect, emotions).  It's important that we tend to all three of these dimensions in our lives.  Everyone needs a place to rest, a time to rejuvenate, a restoration.  Without rest we are vulnerable to doubt, disease, and dread.

There are times we need physical rejuvenation. The body gets tired.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41).  Do you ever feel like your body can't keep up with your spirit?  When you are excessively tired physically, sin can creep in.  Sin is usually preceded by temptation. 

The way to overcome temptation is to be alert to it and pray.  Being alert means being aware of the possibilities of temptation, being sensitive and aware of its subtlety, being spiritually equipped to fight it.  When one is physically exhausted it's hard to be alert to anything.  If you are working through exhaustion, you may be missing God.

It's important to get the necessary rest your body needs.  Sometimes this will involve down time where you do nothingYour resting place may be the quiet screened porch, where you relax with a cup of coffee and a good book.  For someone else, a resting place may be a comfortable couch, a walk in a park or a peaceful drive.  No matter where your resting place is take time to engage it!  God often speaks to us in our place of rest 

Satan desires to sift you as wheat – to put you through the sifter! (Luke 22:31).  He wants your walk with God to amount to little.  He wants your life to have little affect on those you come in contact with.
There are those Satan will use to bring you down (Joy suckers/Victory Zappers).  Satan will scheme against you and try to convince you that you are of little value to God.  He will talk you out of doing things for God.  He will do his best to discourage you in your walk with God.  He'll try to make you believe things that just aren’t true.

Stop right now and take an audit of your soul.  Is it strung out and anxious?  If so, rearrange your schedule for rest before it rearranges you.

Jesus, Himself, made it a point to have time away (Matt 14:13, 23, 15:29).  Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus.  He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father.
Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life's challenges and struggles.  It's imperative to have one-on-one quality time with God.  Develop the discipline of spending time alone with God – it will help you grow spiritually and it will help you become more and more like Jesus.
A depleted spirit is not primed for discernment, and decision-making.  A depleted spirit can be dreadful during times of duress.  A resting place is your protection from yourself, from evil influences, and from lost perspective.  Above all else, your resting place reveals God in a refreshing way.  His program takes on a new priority in His place of rest.  Your confidence is resurrected.  Your trust takes on a new level of intensity.  Your patience leads to a deeper understanding of what it means to wait on the Lord.
Scripture tells us “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Heb 4:9).  We need to make certain we maintain our whole personbody, soul and spirit.  If we are to have the impact for God that He desires us to have, then we must be rejuvenated in body, soul and spirit.  A non-restful pace is unsustainable, and a restful place is necessary to persevere.  A resting place is necessary to experience God’s very best for you and your family.

Discover your resting place in prayer, and go there often.  Your best and most creative ideas emerge from relaxed meditation on Jesus.

I encourage you to take time to find the rest you need.  I know Cindy and I will be doing so.  It’s time for a complete rejuvenation!

Until next time…enjoy the journey!


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