“REST” is a word that has really defined 2019 so far for me but it’s not what you might think. I have a hard time physically resting (except for a cat nap occasionally) because I don’t know when to quit, I guess I am a workaholic. Thank goodness for my husband who gives order to my life. If he wasn’t around I would just work all day and quit at midnight. (That’s because I rarely run out of ideas and I can hardly wait to see how the NEXT project will turn out….LOL.)
It isn’t just our bodies that need rest, but the mind and the soul. Some scriptures in the Bible have become so alive this year that I feel rested in my spirit…. even though things are not perfect.
So I swore on oath in My anger,‘They shall never enter My rest.’”
HUH! Someone ticked off the Lord. What in the world happened? What does it mean to “enter rest”?
Click here if you want to read the background story in the book of Numbers. The short version is the Israelites were ready to enter the Promised Land and after they sent out spies to check out the land, the spies were terrified of the enemy that they would have to conquer in Numbers 13:32:
“So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land they had spied out: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw there are great in stature. We even saw the Nephilim there-the descendants of Anak that come from the Nephilim! We seemed like grasshoppers in our own sight, and we must have seemed the same to them.”
Have you ever seen a photo of the skeletons of those giants?
Good grief, I would have been frightened to death also! That is one huge enemy!!!! The Lord isn’t worried about how huge the enemy is because we conquer everything in His power.
King David discovered the mighty power of God when he explained that when he was only a teenager he killed a lion and a bear with his hands defending his sheep. (1 Samuel 17:36) Now he was ready to kill a giant with a simple slingshot. He wasn’t afraid to face the same kind of giant that kept his ancestors out of the Promised Land. He had the victory because he believed in God’s power.
We have that same power coursing through our veins if we believe in Jesus Christ!!! The power to conquer all our enemies. Grief, depression, anxiety, or health issues can be giants that make us feel like grasshoppers as we face them.
I have a mental picture of the armour of God described in Ephesians 6:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
If I am facing a giant , I may be wobbly and woozy in my heart (which would be normal). How do I fight this giant? Certainly not in my own strength!!!! I see a vivid picture of the security of the helmet of salvation sitting straight on my head (CHECK ONE). The breastplate of righteousness? Yes it’s right where it needs to be (CHECK TWO.) My fingers grip the sheild of faith so tight my fingers get sweaty (CHECK THREE.)
Folks, there are tears in my eyes when I picture the sword….which you remember is the Word of God. That is how we topple the enemy!
This year I have spent reading the Bible in a new way respecting it as my “SWORD”. That means paying attention to verses and memorizing them as a part of my arsenal. I have been memorizing Ps. 62:
“In God alone my soul finds rest, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation: He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Rest in God alone, O my soul for my hope comes from Him.”
When I started memorizing Psalm 62 it changed the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. It changed my perspective, proof of the truth of this verse:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Heb. 4-12.13
Life is a battle. We feel like winners some days and losers the next. We need to honor the Bible and study it, and I believe if we do we will have more winning days and the giants of fear, despair, and hopelessness will be toppled.
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Be Blessed and Find Rest Today!