Archive for the ‘Rest’ Category

The Freedom of Resting in Him

July 5, 2010

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Christ redeemed us to set us free. He offers us freedom from sin and from the bondage to any lordship that would enslave us. Taking on Christ’s yoke allows us to rest in His lordship. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

When we trust in Christ our souls (mind, will, and emotions) find rest. As a weaned child is satisfied simply enjoying her mother’s presence assured that her needs have been and will continually be met, we rest in Christ’s love and ongoing provision.

Personal Response

  • Rest through surrendering your false belief of needing to earn His love. Live in the awareness that you are completely and utterly loved.
  • Rest in the confidence that your past, present, and future needs are met in His abundance. His intimate knowledge of you releases you form the burden of explaining yourself or from anticipating and calculating your needs, they are already known. You are completely covered mentally, emotionally, and physically.
  • Rest realizing God is continually pursuing what is best for you. “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. “ (Philippians 1:6)

Learn to Rest

July 1, 2010

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Not only does Christ offer us rest, He is our rest and the reason we can rest. Christ is our shepherd leading us to green, grassy fields. (Ps. 23) Sheep, when led to pasture, will overeat until they bloat and die. Like sheep, we are bloated with worry, busyness, and striving. As sheep eat themselves to death, we work ourselves until we drop in exhaustion. Until we realize we are inadequate on our own, stop striving trying to be our own source, and find our security, identity, and provision in Christ’s sheepfold, we will labor in vain.

We rest when our minds, emotions, and bodies enter into a peaceful state of trusting God. When we realize the depth of God’s love and live like we are fully loved and adequately provided for by the shepherd’s care, concern, and oversight. Trusting God won’t eliminate conflict in our lives, but it reminds us that we are not alone or on our own when we face life challenges.

A chief robber of rest is worry because it is distrust in God. Thinking about a problem or concern over and over is worry. Although we are not able to prevent worrisome thoughts from hitting our mind, we have the ability to redirect our fears to a confident trust. Trusting God involves reminding ourselves that God is aware of our needs, committed to our constant care, and continually working His good in our lives. Recognizing these truths allows us to surrender control of situations to God. This releases us from the fear we experience when we try to control what is not ours to control.

Personal Response

 Make a choice today to rest by choosing to trust in God. Formulate the plan that when worrisome thoughts come to mind, you will respond my redirecting your thoughts to God’s promises to provide for you. Instead of thinking about a problem over and over in your mind (that’s worry), redirect fearful thoughts to trust by meditating on God’s Word. In doing so, you move from fear to a restful state of trusting God.

When Exhausted and Worn Out

June 30, 2010

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Are you weary and tired of performing, burdened from the non-ending effort of seeking to prove and establish your value? Christ calls us to come empty handed so we can freely grasp Him. He invites us to surrender our falsely assumed need to earn His love and acceptance through exhaustive striving and performing. To stop trying to prove our worth through works and performance when He’s already determined and secured our value at the cost of His death at Calvary.

Put down performance and don’t bring a resume. Simply rest confident in His love which is impossible to upgrade. He gave everything up for you at the cross and declared you were worth it all. He cannot love you or value you any more. You’re worth everything He gave up and you’re all He wants. He’s absolutely wild about you. Efforts to earn His love only demonstrate your refusal to accept it and the value He set for you.  

Personal Response

God’s love is rock solid, non-changing, and never-ending. Yet, thoughts will come that invite you to question God’s love, and emotions will arise that bring feelings of abandonment, inferiority, and insecurity. When this happens, it’s time for you to decide whether you will believe your thoughts and emotions or if you will accept Christ’s death at Calvary as your security of God’s love and His established value for you.

I urge you to believe and receive God’s love demonstrated at the cross. May you learn to rest in His love.