93 Rest

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Secret number 25 to finding humility is Rest.

I like to rest. How about you? When I was single, my housemates could have told you that my favorite pastime was lying on the couch. Yet, I really resist resting. I have lots of things to do. I need to get them done. Time is passing, and so I need to hurry to accomplish my goals—or so I think.

We hurry because we lack trust. Lacking trust leads to striving. When we do not trust God to provide, we take on the onus of finding provision. “Do I want or need anything?” We look for ways to get our needs and desires met. When we do not trust God to provide for us, then we strive to get it by our own effort. We burden ourselves.

The way we counter this tendency is to strive to enter His rest. (Hebrews 4:11) Strange but true, we need to exert effort in order to rest! We have developed the habit of work. We need to develop a new habit of entering His rest, His Sabbath rest, a rest we can live in daily as we walk in the works He prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Resting might provoke fear in us. At these times, we need to remember that God has everything in control. We belong to Him, and He will take care of us. After all, nothing we do on our own will last. “LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us.” (Isaiah 26:12) Anything of eternal value comes from Him. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

We need to seek God for His direction. As we learned last time, we can pray and fast. However, praying and fasting do not accomplish anything in of themselves. In fact, fasting helps us to realize how truly weak we are. The real power (ability) for change comes from God.

When we rest, we see God move in our lives. He moves without our help or effort. This feels humbling. God does not need our help. We do need God’s help.

Striving to enter His rest,

Noah Woodrich

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To Be is to Do. –Socrates; To Do is to Be. –Descartes; To Do Be Do Be Do. –Sinatra

50 Peace

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  John 14: 27

Last time I said that self-acceptance was not possible and then gave you the above verse on peace.  Perhaps you wondered, “How do we get that peace that Jesus promises?”  That’s a huge question.  Here are a few ideas in response.  Peace could be defined as self-acceptance or even ‘no internal conflict’.  That theoretical state may be desirable, but is improbable.  Consider the battle Paul talks about in Romans 7; that battle with our flesh or old self.  Then, consider the external conflicts; issues we have with others.  Conflict is inevitable.

Internal conflicts often lead to intense emotions from which we seek relief.  Finding the peace that comes from an absence of internal conflict is fleeting, at best, especially for reflective people.  In perfectionism we seek to resolve all conflict by finding the solutions to all of life’s problems.  This shows how prideful, grandiose and self-idealistic we can be.  If we can’t find a peace from resolving all of life’s issues, then how do we find peace?  We need the peace that Jesus gives rather than a peace that we strive to manufacture within ourselves.  His peace surpasses understanding!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Emotions give us the energy we need to work through conflict when we find ourselves in conflict.  However, we sometimes cannot find solutions through the conflict in the moment of conflict.  Also, some internal conflicts follow us throughout life.  We need to talk through our intense emotions when we find ourselves ‘sitting and spinning’ or stuck in circular thinking, first with God and then with safe people.+

The above verses help us not only with anxiety, but also with any negative emotions.  As the old hymn goes, we need to “Take it to the Lord in prayer.”  We need to spend time with God, tell Him all about our struggles and ask Him for what we want and need.  He can say, “Yes.”, “No.”, “Not yet.” or, “I’m answering your request in this way.”  We invite God into our struggles and put our trust in Him, His resources, wisdom and guidance.  If we trust in our own resources we have reason to be anxious.  Subsequently, when we entrust our lives to God we need to thank Him for what He has already done for us.  In a posture of prayer and thankfulness we receive from God the peace that surpasses understanding.  He gives peace regardless of our circumstances and regardless of finding resolutions to conflicts.*

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true…think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8),

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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+ See blog #19 for Safe People.  Here is a link to it:  http://wp.me/p1Z40K-2s

* Following is a link to the sermon from whence some of these ideas come:  http://www.vineyardop.org/resources/multimedia/details?id=185630