Good afternoon, everyone! Happy Friday to you. I hope you’re having a great week. It’s another great day to be alive and take in the incredible blessings and mercies of God. They ate new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!
My church was blessed to receive a visit from Pastor Andy Elms. He is a friend of our church and he traveled across the pond for three nights of amazing preaching this week. This is his message from Tuesday. Go on and take it in and remember to share it with friends and family.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
God doesn’t want you to burn out. He wants you to pace yourself and live in a position of rest. Keep trusting him and walk with him. God invites the weary and burdened to rest in him. God isn’t walking around fried. He wants us to take on his yoke. Don’t let striving or stress come upon you. Everything that we do should be from a spirit of calmness. I’m at my best when I’m living from rest. When I’m not at rest I have the potential to make stupid decisions. It’s not God’s portion to be weary. He’s not calling you to be identified with salt and light. He wants you to be it. It’s easier for us to walk in alignment with Jesus than to go our own way.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Psalms 23:1 NKJV
David decided daily to follow God. Because of that he was able to rest in him
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”
Psalms 23:2 NKJV
It’s a promise of rest.
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.”
Hebrews 4:1 NKJV
We should be driven because someone else is driving. God wants us to enjoy the ride. Rest is a lifestyle. Enter his rest and remain in it.
“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”
Hebrews 4:2 NKJV
The promise is there for the taking. We enter God’s rest by faith, trusting God.
“For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
Hebrews 4:3 NKJV
Christ is a seated savior. A servant of the Lord doesn’t strive. Live with a consciousness that the Savior’s work is finished. God’s wants us to find and live in this rest so that when the storms come we can say “It is well”. Start the day with a seated savior.
“For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;”
Hebrews 4:4 NKJV
The Sabbath is not a day, it’s a lifestyle. We need a time to revive and refresh. The Sabbath rest is a daily experience. What if we lived longer because we lived from rest?
“Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,”
Hebrews 4:6 NKJV
Not to enter by faith is disobedience.
“For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:8-12 NKJV
We have to be content with ourselves to enter in and remain in the rest that God has given us. The Lord found us when we were separated from God. He then brought us to salvation. It was by the effort of another, not ourselves. For some, we move from saved to self effort. We’re not living in a spirit of rest that is reliant on him. It’s easy to drift to self effort. It’s dangerous because we are in the driver’s seat of our lives. We have to labor to remain in the rest of salvation. When we don’t, our salvation becomes dependant upon what we did. When we’re saved we come to a revelation of his love. When we get into self effort our love is based on what we do. We must know we are loved by God. We can’t do anything to make him love us more. Before being saved our understanding of love is skewed. Stop trying to earn what you have and enjoy what you have. God is the author and finisher of our faith. When he gives a promise he takes responsibility for the finished product. He watches over his word to make it come to pass. We must live in great rest and believe it. Abraham received a promise from God but felt the need to get involved. He and Sarah relied on self effort. The child, Ishmael caused ramifications that are still felt today. We have to stop choosing self effort. When we think God stopped talking, we actually stopped listening. Am I at rest regarding God’s love? Regarding my salvation? Regarding the premises in my life? This will give us a great day before it starts.