January 20, 2021
It's a new year and I'm excited about new collaborations and creations for Christ! I had a chance to teach at my dad's church in Alabama last month on rest. It was an amazing experience and reminded me of why I need to take rest myself. Rest is defined as "to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion". Yep, definitely need that! There were two focus scriptures - Hebrews 4:8 - 11 and Exodus 31:17.
"Now if this promise of “rest” was fulfilled when Joshua brought the people into the land, God wouldn’t have spoken later of another “rest” yet to come. So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Hebrews 4:8-11 TPT
“It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed."
Exodus 31:17 NKJV
God is calling us into full and complete rest! Meaning to cease all work. God our Father STOPPED WORKING! He didn't go back and finish one more thing; He stopped and called it good. If the God of the universe needed to rest, and we are striving to please him, shouldn't we carve out time to rest from all of our doing? This isn't the final "rest" or "I'll sleep when I die". This is actively taking time to rest our mind, body, souls and spirit! You don't have to take away from your day of rest to create your marketing plan or scout the competition or write one more proposal.
My prayer today is that we have a mind to enter into a state of full and complete rest, God is able to speak to our hearts because we can focus solely on Him and not on the other 10 things on the to-do list. Make time for true REST, friends. True and complete rest where we open to stilling our bodies, hearts, souls and spirit.