You Rest God Works
The Bible, the Word of God, is full of God’s promises. Rest is our spiritual Promised Land. Therefore we must labor to enter into that rest (Hebrews 4:1 & 10). In rest is everything we need, all those things Jesus provided for us in His finished work on the cross -- healing, righteousness, provision, peace, etc. Father God created all things (Colossians 1:16-17) and wants us to enjoy His creation and the benefits. The more you rest, fully rely and have complete trust and confidence in God, the more you will cease from your own works and allow Him to work all things out for you. God’s rest is where it’s at; do not allow anything (stress and/or worry) or anyone (you, friends and/or family) to get you out of rest.
God Is Working It Out. In John 17:16, Jesus reminds us that we are in this world, but we are not of this world. Therefore, we must not live as the world lives. Even though havoc may be going on all around you, know that God’s favor and grace surround you as a shield (Psalm 5:12). If God said it, that settles it. Galatians 3:17 tells us that the law does not and cannot annul the covenant established by God. In Genesis, just as God took care of Jacob in the famine because of Joseph, God will provide for you. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, if God says it, that settles it. It’s time to rest in God’s Word and know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Trust God and know He is on your side.
Jesus Is On Your Boat. During the storms of life, you must seek Jesus and know He is with you. Mark 4:38-41 tells us Jesus was “rest”ing and asleep when Peter cried out to Him to calm the storm. Jesus has already taken care of everything for us, so we must focus on Him and His finished work. We must not be fearful, worry or stress over anything and know that Jesus has already satisfied the requirements for us to have access to the good, abundant, successful life God created for us. And as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). Jesus prayed from victory instead of praying for victory, knowing He had already won every battle, and He has already taken care of whatever you need. Jesus rested and slept because He had confidence in His Father.
Have Faith In Jesus’ Faith. In Galatians 2:20 Paul says that we now live by the faith of the Son of God. Jesus knows what He went through on the cross and has faith that what He went through is sufficient to supply our every need. We must get the focus off our faith and put our focus on Jesus’ faith. Jesus has confidence in what He accomplished on the cross. In John 11:32-44 when Mary and Martha were rushing Jesus to get to Lazarus because he had died, Jesus didn’t pray to God to please save Lazarus. Instead Jesus lifted up His eyes and thanked Father God for hearing Him tell Martha and Mary to believe in Him and they would see the glory of God. Then He cried out, Lazarus, come forth, and Lazarus did! Jesus’ faith is constant and it never wavers, so it’s time for us to have faith in Jesus’s faith and not our own faith (work). When you rest in Jesus’ faith, you receive peace, health, righteousness, provision, etc. because that is what He provided for us in His finished work on the cross.
Think It, Believe It, Say It, Possess It: Thank You Father God for working everything out for my good and providing me the good, grace life, where I rest and You work. As You work on my behalf, I will rest in Jesus’ faith and receive everything Jesus provided for me in His finished work, in Jesus’ name. Amen!