Rest

One difference between Christ and all other alternative beliefs and religions is that He offers rest. Other beliefs call you to work — they provide a list of things you must do to be one of their followers. But when Jesus called people to follow Him, He declared:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

…Come and rest. Find rest from your work for salvation. Find rest from your burdens and weariness. This afternoon this song reminded me of this beautiful, peaceful, truth. In Christ we find rest from our burdens.

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Resting on God

Another gem from The Vally of Vision, and I happened to find a recording of it on Youtube. Feel free to listen to this deep prayer and let it speak to your soul this morning.

One of my favorite lines…

Grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to thee.

Three things you may need to hear today

I was just flipping back in my journal and saw a quick scribbling from last summer that reads:

Have no fear – Luke 12:4-7

Do not be anxious – Luke 12:22-34

I will give you rest – Matthew 11:27-30

I don’t remember writing that, but I do remember needing it. So I imagine you probably do, too. Here are those passages for you to meditate on this morning. Jesus is saying all of these things…

Luke 12:4-7

I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

 

Luke 12:22-34

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Srestolomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 11:27-30

27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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