No matter what we are going through we can be confident that He has alrea
dy defeated the problem.
This being true, it is only for my good, and yours, to then lean in with full submission to His way, His timing, His strength, His wisdom, His direction, His guidance...ultimately, His control.
Prayerfully consider the True Rest God describes is ours in this passage of Scripture:
Romans 8:1-17 (MSG)
1 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ's being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud.
2 A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
3 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.
The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it.
4 And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.
5 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!
6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.
7 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.
8 And God isn't pleased at being ignored.
9 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. 10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God's terms.
11 It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's!
12 So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent.
13 There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life.
14 God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!
15 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What's next, Papa?”
16 God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.
17 And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!
There is much rest of heart and mind in this Sovereign Truth.
I need this rest. His Rest.
You need this rest. His Rest.
I get all worn out letting my fears and anxieties lead my way into a frenzy of doubt and instability.
I too easily forget that God truly IS who He says He IS and will DO all He has promised. Period.
And this calls for a personal humility to place myself beneath the shelter of His wings, not in the “flight” of my own.
Psalms 91:4 (NLT)
4 He will shield you with his wings.
He will shelter you with his feathers.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
I want to cultivate the moment-by-moment habit to carefully, prayerfully ask myself under the loving eye of my Savior...
Here’s the ONE QUESTION to make our daily habit to ask ourselves and allow God to speak His grace into our answer...
How ALIGNED is my
BENEATH His wings that I am HUMBLY hidden
and He is Sovereignly SET
This question is loaded, meaning each time we honestly ask it, God will speak into a specific area of our hearts to invite us deeper into the true rest only He can give.
Go deep. Nestle deeper under His wing.
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