The Soul’s Rest

In the Old Testament, Believers worshipped in temples of stone and mortar. Their contact with God was from the first five books of our Bible. Today, God dwells in us, not in temples made with human hands (Romans 10:9). In the New Testament, we have 66 books of God’s Word to encourage and instruct us, along with God’s Spirit within us.

 

Jesus is the chief cornerstone on which all of us, as “living stones” in His Temple, are centered (1 Peter 2:4-6). We have a deepening understanding of the reality of Christ who dwells in us (Colossians 1:27). This reality changes our outlook on life and affects our body, soul and spirit. We enter God’s rest forever (Hebrews 4:9-10).

 

God rested after He created the universe. Jesus rested after carrying the burden of our sin to the cross. Now, we can rest from serving God through compulsion. Instead, we serve Him from a place of love. The doorway to this rest is through total surrender to God’s will and to Christ in us, which is our hope of living in glory both now and in eternity (Colossians 1:27).

 

Our humanity is dead and we are a new creation with Christ living in and through us. We decrease so that He can increase (John 3:30). We cease from our human striving and follow God’s Spirit through every moment of every day (Galatians 5:16-25). Our ultimate rest will be when we leave this sin-cursed world behind and live instead in the Kingdom of Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).

 

Until then we dwell in Christ, as Christ abides in us. We die with Christ and He raises us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). We live by the faith of the Son of God, who loves us and gave Himself for us (Ephesians 5:2). We seek His will and He directs our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). The peace of God rules in our hearts (Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us not to strive in our life, but to submit our will to Yours each and every day. Help us to accomplish the works, which You prepared for us to do before we were ever born (Ephesians 2:10). Bring people our way to whom we can share Your love and give us the boldness to proclaim to them Your truth.

 

Thought for the Day:

Yoke up with Jesus and find rest for your soul. – Matthew 11:29

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God in the Darkest Hour

Our human will drives us to retain control of our life and to live as we choose, rather than to live in submission to anyone else. We often feel the need to manage our own life, as well as the life of all those who have influence over our existence in any way. We do not want anyone to disturb the orderly peace we create in our sphere of reality. If anyone tries to disrupt our serenity, we fight them with our whole being.

In reality, we can never attain any amount of true peace through our own vigilance over the order of our life. Our only victory is in submission to God. He teaches us to respond in kindness to those who attempt to abuse us, because we rest in the fact that God will use all of our trials for His glory. When the situation is impossible to bear, we can remove our self from an unsafe or unsavory situation. There, we wait on God to work out everything for our benefit (Romans 8:28).

There is absolutely no reason to divorce another person, even for sexual infidelity. God allows divorce in this case because of uncleanness; but if possible, we simply move out in order to have some space and protection from the situation. God desires reconciliation in every case, where both parties submit to one another and do His will. However, if one person does not want to reconcile, God will always protect His Saints in their darkest hour.

God will influence the offender’s decisions, but He will never force His will on them. He has unconditional patience, giving the hardened person plenty of time to repent and to reconcile. Even Believers, who are imprisoned for their faith and unable to escape, find that He sustains them from the inside out. He gives us His supernatural comfort and joy in our darkest hour, which surpasses all of the horrifying circumstances, which we are forced to experience (Philippians 4:6-8).

Prayer:
Father God, teach us to submit to You rather than to attempt to control our own life. Help us to bear the unsavory circumstances we encounter in this life and to be a witness for You through it all. We will walk by Your Spirit on the narrow road to Heaven. Through Christ in us, help us to influence this generation, which is walking on a wide road that leads to destruction. Use us in our sphere of influence to point people to Jesus, so they will choose to end their life of abuse, addictions, divorce and devastation.

Thought for the Day:
Authentic Christians live in quietness and confidence, which is our strength; and we dwell in peace and safety forever, regardless of our circumstances. – Isaiah 30:15, 32:17-18

Contentment and Godliness

Many people disparage the idea of feelings in the Christian life. They consider emotions as a negative aspect belonging only to the carnal nature. However, God gave us emotions to express the needs of our body and soul, and to effectively communicate the reality of Christ within us. God is not an impassive, immovable being; but according to scriptural verification, He is full of all of the same emotions, which we feel within our soul.

God is the perfecter of our feelings and the supplier of all of our needs. He advises us to weep and to rejoice with one another (Romans 12:15). He comforts us in our fears and encourages us when we are disheartened. As we abide in divine communication with our Creator, we receive from Him everything we need to live in contentment and godliness (1 Timothy 6:6-11). Our whole being, body and soul and spirit, receives and lives in divine life through Christ Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:4).

Nothing inspires fear and anxiety within us more than the idea of living in this world without the resources we need. Christ in us is our only hope of living in glory both now and in eternity (Colossians 1:27). God’s forgiveness inspires our devotion and His grace keeps us ever faithful to His service. He conforms us day by day into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Without Him, we cannot reach our ultimate goal of tranquility and enlightenment (James 3:17).

God prunes and cleanses us through sanctification until we are empty of our self and filled with all of His attributes. This is accomplished one moment at a time. God inspires our thoughts, which control our decisions and actions (Philippians 4:8). The nature of God, which is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), replaces every carnal impulse within us that is enmity with God (James 4:4). We confidently place our self under the nurture and direction of our holy God (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer:
Father God, You show us what is good and right, and what You require of us. You simply want us to act justly and to show love and mercy to everyone everywhere, and to live in and through You with humility (Micah 6:8). You do not care about our human power or abilities, because it is only by Your Spirit that we accomplish anything of value on this earth (Zechariah 4:6). Our divine union with You applies to and supplies every aspect of our life, even the mundane issues such as what we eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17). Therefore, everything we do is for Your glory.

Thought for the Day:
The divine life of the Trinity dwelling within us enables us to dwell in godliness and contentment (2 Peter 1:4).