Walk and Rest

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Life often demands that you keep on walking even when you are tired. When you are burdened with grief, you still have to go to work.   When you are battle weary someone still has to do the dishes.

Jesus says there is a way to walk and rest at the same time:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

He says walk with me and I will show you how to do it.  He says to “Take my yoke” which just means “partner with me”.

Jesus says “I will bear the load and lead the way. Walk with me.”

Your “yoke” today may be dripping with unmet expectations, foundation-shaking experiences or unbearably heavy with too many obligations.

Jesus says to you today, “Here, take my yoke and I will take yours. My yoke is dripping with grace, burdened with divinely appointed purpose and wrapped in a deep peace that is not moved by tumultuous circumstances.”

You may be tired and weary today but still, you have to keep walking. Don’t walk alone. And swap yokes with Jesus, His is much better.

May you walk far and rest well in Jesus today.

 

Your Way

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“Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5  NKJV
Commit your way. 
To commit is an action, not a choice.
When I commit to a diet, I’m making a decision.
When I mail a letter, I’m taking action.
You can’t mail a letter if you hold onto to the edge of it. It will never get to where it needs to go and you are not trusting the postman or woman to do their job.
To commit your way to the Lord is the same thing- you need to give your way to Him. You are putting the direction, the journey, the destination into His care. The word for commit here means to “roll away”. 
To the Lord.
Give your future to God.
Let God have it.
Pry your fingers off the fears you have for your future and give it to Jesus.
Lay down the cherished dreams of a perfect life and roll those over to Jesus as well. Your expectation of a perfect life without pain or heartache is not reality and doesn’t help you deal with it. Those expectations actually trip you up more than your fears do.
Let go and let God.
Trust also in Him. 
Focus on your relationship with Jesus and let Jesus focus on your future.
And He shall bring it to pass.
The phrase in English “He shall bring it to pass” is actually just one word in Hebrew, asa.  It means He shall assemble, accomplish, create, produce it. He shall attend to it, bring it about and ordain it. He will bring it to pass.
“And then finally, when you’ve gotten to the place where you can commit your life and the affairs of your life into God’s hands, then you have arrived at the place of that glorious resting in the Lord. ‘God, I’m just resting in You. Whatever comes, Lord. However. It’s in Your hands.”’
Chuck Smith
It is only when I commit my journey (and re-commit it hourly) to the Lord and trust Him to bring it to pass in my life that I am truly free to rest. I am free to discover delight. I am free to focus on doing good where I am instead of carrying the weight of the uncertainty of the unseen future on my shoulders and give it all to God.
I roll it over to Jesus and say, “Here, this is yours. You can take care of it.  I’m Yours and so is my future. Thank you that I don’t have to carry it, worry about it, fret and fight to make it happen. You already have a plan and a purpose for me. Help me to discover it step by step with You.”
How do you deal with an uncertain future?

Retreat to Advance

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The word “retreat” is a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.

Prayer is often a retreat.

A time to take a step back.

Flee the battlefield.

Regroup, reassess, restrategize and recover.

“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”.

Numbers 6:26 MSG

The word for “prosper” in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace. It is a peace that comes after the conflict, it is a quietness after the chaos and at its core, it means the type of wholeness that comes after being broken.

Fighting the battle when you’re exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.

Are you exhausted, wounded, or discouraged? 

Then it is time to retreat. 

To take a step back, find a quiet place with God so He can repair what is broken, remind you of His purpose and arm you with His vision to fight the battle before you.

My prayer for you today is that you would get off the battlefield and allow God to look you full in the face and love you until you feel whole. 

Jesus has given you full access to God’s presence.

Enter in and rest.

He is waiting for you.

 

Permission to Rest

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

Not just your body but also your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons, especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional. It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

Ing 

  
Ing… As in the ending of a word, not the company.

Returning 

Resting

Trusting 

It is the “ing” that makes the difference. 

Returning is the continual action of coming back to God. When you are stuck, when you are joyful, when you are desperate, when you are blessed.  Returning to God means that you are not walking away from Him and “doing your best” to handle everything. It means bringing everything to Him and asking for help. It means dealing with any direct place of disobedience by bringing it to God and getting it right between you. The root word here means “a place to be refreshed”. It means that Jesus becomes your place of refuge, your go to man in crisis and your best friend to tell secrets to. 

Resting in God means that you are not running around trying to protect or guard yourself.  You have the best Guard, the best Protector in God. It means resting in Jesus’ work for you on the cross. It means you don’t spend your life earning God’s love but receiving it. Instead you can spend your energy living loved and loving others. It means leaving your past with Jesus and trusting Him with your future. Speaking of trusting…

Trusting God. Right this minute. You may have trusted God in the past but the past is over and the new thing before requires a present and active trusting in God today. Trusting Jesus means you don’t have to manipulate, fret or bully someone else…ever. Trusting Jesus means that you don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart for you. He loves you…everyday. When you look to other things to “save” you – person, money, a job, you are not trusting (you are striving). 

In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,” Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

But you would not….haunting words that deliniate choice. 

You must choose returning instead of running.

You must choose resting instead of striving.

You must choose trusting God instead trying to save yourself and everyone around you. 

You choose. I choose. 

It doesn’t feel like a choice until you repent of what is stopping you from walking in it. 

For me? Pride, control issues and fear are my top contenders. But when I bring them before God and lay they down before Him- I feel free to choose. Free to embrace a different mode of operation, a very Christ like one, in fact.  

It looks like abundant life to me:

Returning 

Resting 

Trusting 

What does it look like to you?