What a wonderful post to add to our Jesus Cares January, a rested heart. Hopefully, this will have us all ready for February, as we near the end of our study. And I hope you have enjoyed it. And I hope you do find His rested heart in you, I just never had that before. And now, I have learned to rest in Him.
Jesus went to heaven and sat down on His throne, after He finished His work on the cross, just like the Father rested after creation. This rest isn’t just Sunday, it is everyday, our rest and worship of the Lord, is an ongoing and personal relationship, with the Father, through the sacrifice of the Son, and by the Spirit. That is the Sabbath rest He offered and withdrew from people who would not rest.
You know, it says would not, as opposed to could not. I have literally been where I could not. I could not rest even if I prayed, my heart was a lot more troubled and not rested. We know He told us not to let our hearts be troubled or afraid, in John 14. And He left us His peace in 14:27, something that I also discovered He can withdraw, and it is in the Old Testament, when people refused to obey, that is not unlike Christians today, many are not walking in His perfect love, healing paths, enjoying His peace in a troubled world that aches for His return.
Like most decisions in life, it is a choice, death or life in our words, blessings or curses, we have a free will and can choose God’s ways and thoughts or the enemy’s lies. Jesus came so we could have life and life more abundantly, the enemy to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10
Sometimes, our decisions are made out of fear and worry, instead of praying from victory, purchased on the cross. Why we must choose rest. Many situations can confound us and overwhelm our minds and hearts to the point of our not being able to rest, to heal. Pain was one of my problems, and spiritual warfare, which I did not realize was so close or heavy at times, but the war is over with Jesus on the throne, and He has taught me to rest.
I hope these verses will settle in over your heart and give you rest. Remember, the people?
This is what the Lord says:
Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,”
And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen. Isaiah 28:12
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:1,2
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7
Truly my soul finds rest in God, my salvation comes from Him. Psalm 62:1
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:7
This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. Psalm 132:14
The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him. Habakkuk 2:20
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened ( heavy laden ) , and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
…..so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9,10,11
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body ( flesh )rests in safety. Psalm 16:9
A heart at peace gives life to the body. Proverbs 14:30
No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts His praises! My body rests in hope. Acts 2:26
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