A Place of Rest for Our Soul

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. It is different today. We have 66 books of God’s Word to encourage and instruct us. God dwells within us in a personal, intimate relationship, not in temples made with human hands (Romans 10:9).

We are God’s “living stones”, and Jesus is the chief cornerstone on which we are centered (1 Peter 2:4-6). As God’s Temple, we have a deepening understanding of the reality of what it means for Christ to abide in us (Colossians 1:27). This truth 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 from compulsion and serve Him from a place of love instead. 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 now and in eternity.

Our humanity is dead and we are a new creation with Christ living in and through us (Galatians 2:20). We decrease daily, 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). However, our ultimate rest will be when we leave this sin-cursed world behind and live instead in the presence of God in glory (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Until then, we dwell in Christ as Christ abides in us. We die to sin with Christ and He raises us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Living by the faith of the Son of God, we enjoy His love and redemption (Ephesians 5:2). He directs our paths, as we seek Him in everything we think, say and do (Proverbs 3:5-6). The peace of God rules in our hearts, dispelling all of our doubt and fears (Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7).

Father God, remind us not to strive in 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 Your truth to them.

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

Build Up Your Faith

Our soul is the battleground where Satan tries to trick us into believing His lies. The appetites and desires of our body influence the thoughts, choices and emotions of our soul. The Bible calls our soul our inner man or hidden man. The sanctification process of holiness and perfection takes place in our soul. God’s Spirit sanctifies our thoughts, choices and emotions, and God’s peace gives our soul rest (Psalm 62:5).

In this world, we suffer all types of tribulation in our body and soul. God uses suffering to test our faith, which is worth more than gold. He refines our faith by the fires of trials, because He proves Himself worthy of our faith through each one we experience. He works out all the issues of our trials for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28). This life is filled with praise, glory and honor when Jesus returns for His Bride (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Whatever is within our heart will come out of our soul through suffering, whether good or evil (Matthew 12:34-35). God uses the fire of these trials to perfect us and to build up our faith. God enables us to live by faith in His faithfulness through every negative incident life drags us through. God strengthens our heart and our faith by the trials we overcome through Christ who dwells within us (Romans 12:3).

At times, the trials we experience seems to go on and on forever. However, in the grand scheme of things, they flee like a vapor of breath on a cold morning (1 Peter 5:10; James 4:14). God sees to it that we come out of this wilderness of testing more mature and complete in Christ within us (James 1:4; Colossians 2:10). Our soul is refined and brings forth only good treasure (Matthew 12:35).

Jesus recommended that we speak to the mountain of trials in our life and command them into the sea. We not only talk to our Father about our issues, but we also speak to the issues and command them to resolve in Jesus’ name and by the power of His blood. The words of our mouth bring forth death or life into our world (Proverbs 18:21). When we keep our speech wholesome and pure, we prosper (Philippians 4:8).

Father God, when our words are positive and full of faith in Your faithfulness, then we can flourish in this life, regardless of our trials. We can even speak to demons and they will obey us by Your Spirit and Your Word. However, when the demons flee and the negative circumstances change, we need to build up our most holy faith (Jude 1:20); otherwise, the demons and negative thoughts will return much more deceptively and powerfully than before we commanded them to go in Jesus’ name (Matthew 12:43-45).

Thought for the Day:
Seek the Lord, and His strength, seek His face forevermore; and those same demonic thoughts and desires will never return again. – 1 Chronicles 16:11