Day 11 – Sabbath Rest

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Hope 350x267 Day 11   Sabbath RestWe recently went on a Sabbatical; taking time out by staying in Florida for 3 months. While we were there, I asked the LORD to teach me how to rest.

Not just ‘not working’ rest, but the real rest that He talks about in the Bible. The place of rest from which we’re supposed to live every day. The rest He talks about in Hebrews 4:9-11 -

9 So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God; 10 For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. 11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. (Amp)

Just reading those verses helps me to let out a deep breath and feel the tension easing away.

All my life I’ve felt the need to achieve. On the one hand it’s a good thing because I have so many huge dreams that it will need a motivated personality to hold on for the ride God has me on. On the other hand, it’s a bad thing. When that desire becomes a driving, condemnation-filled and nasty voice in your head, you know it’s time to stop and ask God what’s really going on.

There used to be a constant voice in the back of my head, making me feel bad if I hadn’t worked my fingers to the bone that day. I would beat myself up about all the things I hadn’t managed to achieve on my ‘To Do’ list as opposed to all the many things I had gotten done every day. Sleep was my only respite and I would proudly (and somewhat sanctimoniously) say things like “I only allow myself to read fiction when I’m on vacation”, thinking that it somehow proved how hardworking I was. Needless to say, I was often not a very nice person to be around, because when the exhaustion hit, I would explode. And I’d had enough.

I started listening to preaching by Joseph Prince, whose specific call is to talk about ‘Grace’ and ‘Rest’. I was just blown away by both concepts because they were so ‘foreign’ to the way I lived every day of my life. Now that I was away from the usual things that my everyday life contained, I began to listen and delve into what God really had to say about the subjects. That really messed with what I had previously thought and slowly but surely, my heart began to latch onto the Truth. I began to see how much more amazing God’s way of doing things is, than mine.

It’s a steady journey that I’m on and I see changes in my thinking all the time. It feels great to be on this journey of healing and it gives me hope to know that God’s ‘on the case’.

P.S - Joseph Prince, whose specific call is to talk about ‘Grace’ and ‘Rest’ and Steven Furtick both have free podcasts on iTunes. icon smile Day 11   Sabbath Rest

 

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