God Wants You to Rest and Let Him Go to Work

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In War Room, the latest Kendrick Brothers film that’s currently showing in theaters, Miss Clara tells Elizabeth that it isn’t her job to fix her husband, and to let God fight for her, accomplishing what only He can. Elizabeth learns that the best thing she can do is to pray for Him, and trust God with the situation. When she does this, she sees things begin to change for the better in her marriage and family life, without her even having to struggle with trying to turn them around herself!

When things aren’t going the way that we would like them to, oftentimes we will become determined to fix them on our own. We’ll do everything we can to get them back on track, yet no matter how hard we try, a great deal of the time it just isn’t enough. What else could we do that would be more effective? How about putting our trust in God and allowing Him to do what we can’t?

Do you know what God wants us to do when things aren’t going right? Instead of going to work, He wants us to rest, and let Him work on our behalf! He knows exactly what the problem is and how to solve it, but how can He do anything about what we’re facing if we’re determined to fix it on our own, and refuse to accept His help? Sometimes, the best thing that we can do is to trust in Him, rest in knowing that He’s got our back, and then when we do act, do so with His guidance.

Ironically, resting in the knowledge that God is taking care of things can sometimes be the hardest thing for us to do. It requires us to fight the urge to just take matters into our own hands. You may actually have to work at resting (Hebrews 4:11)! Though it may feel like you’re being lazy, finding rest in God doesn’t mean that you never do anything, but rather that you’re relying on Him, not yourself, and that you’re acting under His direction instead of just doing what you think would be best.

Whatever your situation may be, God wants you to rest in Him. Trust Him to take care of it for you, and let Him accomplish amazing things in your life that you never thought possible!

Rest and Receive

rest and receiveWeek 39 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished this week’s reading was Hebrews 1-5.

Hebrews 4:9 says that there remains a rest for the people of God. What is this rest? Where is it found? Jesus answers this question in Matthew 11:28. He bids all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, and promises that He will give them rest.

Our rest is found in what Christ did for us at the cross. When He gave His life for us, the devil was defeated once and for all. All who believe in Him are made righteous, and are qualified to receive all of God’s blessings! Are you worried? You have been qualified to receive peace! Are you depressed? You have been qualified to receive joy! Are you sick? You have been qualified to receive healing! Are you experiencing lack? You have been qualified to receive prosperity!

We don’t have to fight and struggle to be good enough to earn God’s blessings. Because we have been made righteous through faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross, God’s blessings are given to us as free gifts of His grace! Jesus paid the price for them in full. We simply need to rest in His finished work, and receive what God wants to give us. Find your rest in Christ today!

In Perfect Peace

In Perfect PeaceThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 26:3. It says that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because their trust is in Him.

Are you ever worried? Anxious? Do you ever feel like your mind is racing at the speed of a thousand miles per hour? God promises to keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him. As we focus on our Heavenly Father – how much He loves and cares for us, and how He is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) – we will begin to experience the peace He wants for us.

In Philippians 4:6, we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God. The more we begin to trust in Him with whatever is causing us worry, the more our minds will be at rest, knowing that He will accomplish for us and through us what we can’t accomplish on our own.

Those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in God, will be kept in perfect peace. Know that He is more than able to handle anything life may throw your way. Learn to trust in Him at all times, and begin to walk in the peace that He has for you!

Rest In His Finished Work

Rest In His Finished WorkJohn 19 is all about Jesus’ death. He gave His life for us at the cross, that we might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given eternal life (John 3:16).

In John 16:30, before He dismissed His spirit, Jesus utter the words “It is finished.”

 

 

The price was paid.

God’s anger against sin had been satisfied in full.

Our sins had been dealt with, and forgiveness provided for us.

The way was made open for us to become God’s children.

Eternal life was made ours, if we would believe in Him.

Jesus’ death put an end once and for all to mankind’s need to struggle and strive to gain acceptance before God. He bore in full the penalty for all of our wrongdoings, and God’s fiery judgement and wrath against them, and declared that it is finished. From that point on, salvation has been freely offered to us, belonging to all who will receive it.

When Jesus said that it was finished, He meant it. There’s nothing left for us to do, no price left for us to pay. Instead of living under the old covenant of the law, we now live under the new covenant of God’s amazing grace. Let’s rest in His finished work!

Rest In Him

Rest In HimWeek 12 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was John 2-6. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ miracles, His words to Nicodemus and the woman at the well, interactions with the Pharisees and the multitudes who followed Him, as well as other instances that occurred throughout His ministry.

In John 6:27-29, Jesus told the crowds not to work for food that spoils, but rather food that endures to eternal life, which He would give them. The crowds asked Him in response what they must do to accomplish the works required by God. Jesus defined the work of God for them as this – to believe in the One sent by Him.

So often, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things we feel that we must do to try and merit our relationship with God, and be a good Christian. We try and try, yet constantly fall short of the image painted in our minds. Our good works, however, aren’t the basis of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He wants us to rest, our work being to believe in Jesus, trusting in Him for our salvation, and continued right standing before God.

Earlier, in John 3:16, Jesus states that anyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. Verse 17 reveals that He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. Verse 18 emphatically declares that those who believe in Him ARE NOT CONDEMNED! Romans 8:1 says it this way – “. . . there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As we fix our eyes on our Savior, we are transformed by His love and grace.

This coming week, I challenge you to shift your attention away from yourself and your actions, and begin fixing it on Christ, and what He’s done for you. Begin to focus on God’s work of believing in the One He sent, trusting wholly in His finished work at the cross as the basis of your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Rest in Him, assured of your position as a child of the Most High!