We make choices everyday. It is inevitable. And many of those decisions have a lasting impact on our lives and the lives of others, often whether we realize it or not. Especially, when it comes to faith, whether we choose to believe in Christ as Lord or not is and has been our most important choice ever, red or white heels, not as important at all.
The Bible makes it clear that we have choices, God puts them forth everyday. Death and life, blessings and curses. Why did I put death first? Because when we are carnally or flesh minded we are operating in that mode instead of life more abundantly. We want to have the mind of Christ as believers and keep it renewed. Remaining in His rest is key.
We are given the opportunity to speak life or death. Most people speak death as their first or native language. It just comes naturally. They find it easier to expect the worst. The power of the tongue from Proverbs is important, words are powerful and affect our souls and spirits, and yes, even bodies why I titled this Choosing Rest.
Rest or weary, heavy or light burdens, feast of famine? It’s about choices and consequences, corresponding actions. His peace or confusion? Love or fear, and yes, I realize that most of us think of hate as the opposite of love, and it is, but in the Spirit, it is the opposite of fear, because it has torment. Sometimes, you will that fear is the opposite of faith, I’m not so sure about that. I have had faith, and it can come under attack. His love is all that will halt fear in its tracks. That alone is reason to enter His rest of faith, the Sabbath rest that God offered and it was refused, now Jesus offers it, dare we refuse?
Jesus said His words were life and health. He is the healer of all brokenness. People are always choosing what to eat but are they as concerned with what they say? Running yourself ragged to be popular, thin or to fit in isn’t faith. We all need rest, and there is healing in His rest. Women will drive themselves crazy sometimes, won’t they? When there choice should be an easy one, rest in the Lord, sow His peace in your heart, it is a lasting gift.
It can be a challenge, it is like throwing down a gauntlet. It will appear selfish or lazy, you will have to make choices about cutting back or out. If women are so willing to put the effort into other things, why not rest?
God is saying to you today, blessings or curses, life or death, love or fear, grace or law, the world or my kingdom, your thoughts or my thoughts, my ways or your ways? Heaven or hell? We often create that in our lives as well as it being a final destination. Let’s speak His peace into our situation and to the body of Christ.
Our minds and hearts, even homes and churches, are not meant to be battlegrounds. We all want to go to heaven, right? Well, let’s start right here, with His rest, the deeper sanctuary, our hiding place. This is where we are safe in a world that is not.
The body needs His peace, both the body of believers and the physical ones as well. If our hearts have His peace there will be rest. Choose rest, shoes can wait.
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