Rest in the Lord
"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; fret not because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any way to do evil." Psalm 37:7-8
God offers His rest. Jesus Christ was sent by God to bring into being the true nature and fullness of this gift of rest. Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and puts their faith in God’s promises enters His rest. The Christian life is a journey. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, it sets our way toward God’s rest by faith. When we truly enter into the realm of faith, we enter into the rest of God.
Rest is one of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind. It is His peace. The peace provision of Christ is our power position in life. Resting in His peace is a high level revelation that challenges us to stop approval based behavior. It is the mental and emotional shift from trying to trusting. Walking in the Lord is not taught, it is caught. In this revelation, it is possible to live a guilt-free, anger-free, fear-free life.
The ‘rest’ of God believes we are in Christ, Christ is in us and so are our circumstances. Rest believes God’s personal plan for our lives is always unfolding with divine order and divine provision. The rest of God is being active, yet experiencing a supernatural peace that cannot be broken. The rest of God is living by the power of the Holy Spirit based on God’s scriptural facts, not our opinions.
There is a ‘rest’ for believers in Christ (Hebrews 4:9). Rest is not inactivity. It is living in the complete revelation of Jesus’ finished works; it is our gift and potential; it is knowing the Holy Spirit is the treasure in our bodies and the excellency of our life. Knowing is the highest level of trusting the Lord for life, health, and peace. Resting in the Lord is prosperity without trying to be prosperous.
The author of the book of Hebrews is warning the people to not make the same mistake the Israelites did in the wilderness. The Israelites did not enter God’s rest because of unbelief and they lacked knowledge. Without revelation, we can live a life of strain, struggle, excessive reasoning, fear, inner turmoil, worry, frustration, no peace or no joy. We can rest because we put our trust in God. He is in control, He will take care of us and meet our needs and He will take care of things for us. God wants us to live at peace and in His rest.
God wants to work in us, through us and for us. Any idea that ‘good behavior’ causes God to bless us is a toxic, faulty, destructive idea. Stop trying to please people. Stop blaming your past on what you are now. Stop mind reading. Stop tuning into the fearful ‘what if’s of the future. Stop trying to control everyone and everything around you. Allow God to do for you what only He can do. No matter what we face, God wants to help us and give us rest.
God wants to give rest to anyone who is weary and burdened. Religion says we must work to try in order to finish what Jesus has already completed. We enter into rest when we stop trying to get God to do something He has already done. Instead of trying to get God to move, release your faith to activate what He has deposited in you, and believe that you receive it. When we truly know what God says belongs to us, we can rest, confidently knowing we will see the manifestations of His promises. It takes time and energy to find this place of rest and stay there, but it’s well worth the effort.
Say this to be So!
Lord Jesus Christ, Your divine plan for my life is unfolded now with divine order and divine provision. I am at the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude to receive the provision for every need met and every desire fulfilled. Thank you. Amen!