Real Rest

 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.

Psalms 91:1 NIV

You were made for rest and rest is God’s gift to recharge you.

Truly resting is the commitment to honor God and honor the body He gave you.

Real rest is a lifestyle of accepting God’s love, care, provision and salvation.

Real rest is having a daily relationship with the Most High God and letting Him bear your burdens.

Real rest is leaning of His strength when you don’t have any.

It is not a waste of time but a way to make the most of it.

It is not about being lazy but about being wise.

Rest is not a frivolous excuse to get out of something, it is the conscious choice to trust Someone so much that you can close your eyes and sleep.

This is real rest and this is what Jesus bought for you.

Take a Day

“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.”

Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV

The observance of taking a day off of work was established from the beginning.

And God was the first one to rest.

He created the world and all that was in it.

The air we breath, the bodies we inhabit, the wonder of the natural world.

Then He took a day.

He rested and celebrated.

He appreciated and enjoyed.

He called it Sabbath and told humans to do it once a week with Him.

It is still available and actually indispensable to your health.

Take a day, once a week to rest, celebrate, appreciate and enjoy this beautiful life with God.

You will be surprised at how much you need it.

You need it.

Take a day and let it revive your soul.

Sustained

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalm 119:116 NIV

I remember a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken.

We were living in Las Vegas and my neighborhood edged the desert by the Red Rock. One morning I got up early and took a walk. With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to pray and breathe in the presence of God.

As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began. The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees.  I heard God’s whisper in my heart, “Hold on. Your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”

It was a turning point for me. I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.

Hold on, my friend, your hopes are not lost. 

Jesus is faithful to complete what He started in you. 

He will sustain you and strengthen you in it. 

God’s faithfulness knows no end.

Unlimited Riches of Glory

And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.”

-Ephesians 3:16, The Passion Translation

Don’t you just love a big unveiling?

A new car, a new product, a new vision that will change life as you know it.

Today there is to be a great unveiling with you.

It is the unveiling of the unlimited riches of glory that God has already given you through Jesus.

It is the lavish outpouring of God’s favor upon your life.

It is the glory and favor of God’s limitless love continually filling your soul to the brim until you can’t contain it any longer.

This is the life you and I are called to in Christ.

It is a life of living in unlimited divine love that fills you with supernatural strength and power.

It is yours through Jesus.

All yours.

To live in today.

Always Loved

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.” Colossians 3:12, The Passion translation

Apparently, it is hard for humans to believe that we are always and dearly loved by God.

The New Testament repeats this sentiment over and over again – you are loved by God.

Always.

Now live like it.

Live from it.

Make God’s love your wardrobe.

Wear all it’s styles – mercy, kindness, gentleness, unoffendable love.

If God is not offended by your brokenness and humanness, how can you be offended with others?

Wear His love like a warm coat in the winter.

Wrap it around you.

Make it the decision maker of your day.

Make it be what people first notice about you.

May the always-there-love-of-God direct you to immerse yourself in the power of kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness as you go about your day.

In His Sight

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

Jesus entered brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world.

He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

When you are overwhelmed with the difficulty before you – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. 

Turbulence

You have been redeemed by Jesus to live a God discovering, God serving, God-ordained life. 

But that doesn’t mean it is easy. 

There will be storms that you must go through. 

There will be higher altitudes to climb to. 

There will be unexpected turbulence along the way. 

I dislike turbulence. It’s always unexpected and it always makes me feel afraid as the plane passes through it before it returns to normal.

God doesn’t cause the disruptions but He will use them, if you let Him.

He will use them to teach you how not to give up. 

He will use them to strengthen your faith.

He will use them to forge your character. 

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-4 NIV

My friend, Jesus knows where you are on the journey and what is disrupting it. He is with you and will not leave you in it. Hold onto the truth of His love and let that truth bloom into hope.

The turbulence will cease and you will get to where God wants you to be.

Love and Faithfulness

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

PROVERBS 3:3 NIV

Let faithfulness and love rule the day.

Start the right things and then finish them.

Finish what you start with love.

Be faithful to follow through until it’s finished.

Let today be guided by kindness and each task finished in love.

The Leap of Faith

Faith is not a feeling.

Faith is an action.

It is a choice to believe something that leads to doing something. 

To trust God with the impossible.

To put actions to your words.

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?” 

James 2:14 MSG

If God is asking you to do something that means that He has already given what you need to do it.

Joyce Meyers says that “Faith is taking the first step before you know what the second step is.”

It is time to put your faith into action.

What is God challenging you to do today?

One Step At A Time

This quote is from Abraham Lincoln

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”     ‭‭

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

How do you walk in faith?

One step at a time.

Perseverance and determination is needed.

Don’t give up.

Take another step.

Your Heavenly Father is cheering you on.

He is proud of you.

My friendmay you take one step of faith at a time into every new area that love takes you.