Sweet Rest


Hebrews 4:11-13 NASB; Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Did you know that God’s word works? I mean, it’s not lazy, it’s never late, it’s never early, it’s always working and it’s always on time. When we use God’s word correctly, it is meant to work for us. Paul talked about this in Ephesians 6 when he said, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (that is, made by man) but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Everything ever created was by words, God’s words. He created us to be like Him, to use our mouth, speaking His word to overcome in every area of life.

But the first part of this passage talks about entering into that rest. In fact the verses prior to that also talk about God resting on the 7th day after He had done all the speaking and creating. So I got to thinking about that and what the purpose is for that rest and this is what I’ve found. There comes a time when you’ve done all, said all and prayed all, that it’s time to rest in the assurance and confidence of God and rest. Take your hands off, let it go, close your eyes and see it done! If you’re stressing, you’re not resting. If you’re trying to do in with self-effort, you’re not resting. You either learn to lean into God and rest or stress, you can’t do both.

2 Chronicles 20:17 God says, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” When you have confidence in God’s word, you’ll listen to His instruction, do what He says, than rest in the knowledge that HIS WORD will work while you’re resting. Your job is to listen and obey. If He says, “You don’t need to fight in this battle,” and you do anyway, you’re being disobedient and sabotaging your own victory. Obedience is key here. Disobedience brings stress, which is trusting in your own ability to do it and not God’s.

Father, thank you for this reminder today. You never intended for me to fight my own battles, but to remind You of Your word which is alive and active, always working for me. You sent Your word and healed me and delivered me from all my diseases. I will rest in that knowledge while Your word does the surgery it was meant to do. It’s enough! I have complete confidence and trust in You and Your word never goes back to you without first accomplishing all it was sent to do. Wow. NOTHING is too hard for You. NOTHING! All glory and honor to You, my King. I’m so glad You adopted me as Your very own daughter. I’m so glad You sent Your Holy Spirit to teach me and lead me into all truth. I have so much more to learn, but You never tire of me coming to You to know more. I love You so much! I will always love You. It’s for Your kingdom and in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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