Rest Is

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Isaiah 30:15 NIV

Rest is spiritual and powerful.

It is an indispensable weapon of warfare.

It is when you turn from fear and launch yourself into God’s arms.

It is to pause the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by fear or the need to control everything and everyone.

It is choosing to trust God with your world.

It is getting out and enjoying God’s creation.

It is laughing with your friends.

It is playing your favorite game with people you love.

It is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Rest is essential and as you rest, God’s power flows.

Unsung Weapon

  
Peace.

Not man’s definition which usually means not being in any conflict of any kind but God’s definition which means experiencing supernatural peace in the midst of great conflict.

“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I don’t give to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubles and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

The peace God provides is the peace He produces and the peace He abides in.

Jesus said, “My peace I give you“.

Like salvation is a gift you receive (not earn) and love is experienced in relationship, God’s peace is a gift from Him and experienced with Him. He invites you into His presence and embraces you in His arms when you need it most.

“And the peace which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:7 NIV

Stop worrying. Stop striving. Stop freaking out. Stop going over the situation over and over and over. Receive God’s peace. The kind that just destroys the enemies attacks of discouragement and discontentment.

God’s peace was hard fought for but not by you. It was fought for on the cross until the fight was finished and Jesus prevailed.

You must have peace with God before you can have God’s peace reign in your life.

The good news, the gospel of peace, is that peace with God and peace from God is available to everyone because of the cross.

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Stand firm then.

The peace of God is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons that God gives us and against it the enemy has nothing.

Obliterate the enemies strategy to stop you- walk in peace from God.

Then be ready to be a vessel of gospel of peace to someone in your life who feels like they are in the middle of the war. They are.

You Are the Enemy

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To the enemy, you are the enemy.

Lisa Bevere said this at the Women of Faith Conference I went to a couple of weeks ago,

“If you are anointed by God, you are hated by the enemy”.

Don’t be surprised at the attack that is happening in your life right now.

Maybe the depression that creeps and consumes has more to do with spiritual warfare than life circumstances.

If you are a Christian, a Christ follower, a disciple- than you are the enemy to the enemy.

You have been marked with a target:
saved, redeemed, sacrificed for.

If you are growing, pursuing God’s call on your life and pursuing God, than the enemy would like to discourage you from continuing that.

To the destroyer of your soul, you are the enemy to be destroyed, the adversary to be defeated.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (‭Ephesian 6‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

I know we don’t often think of spiritual warfare this way, but maybe we should. Maybe, we would stop feeling sorry for ourselves, recognize what is happening and fight back with the power of God.

Maybe, when you can recognize that you are the enemy of the darkness, you can become the warrior of the light that you have been redeemed to become.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭8-11‬ NIV)

When you live as a child of the light, you become the enemy of the darkness.

Rise up and shine bright.

Go forth and fight fiercely.

Reach out in God’s love and destroy the works of the enemy in the Name and authority of Jesus Christ.