Place of rest

The Lord has brought me this far on a journey, He brought me to a place of entering His rest.  A place of resting in His presence, drinking from the wells of living water and eating His bread of life (Hebrews 4:11, John 4:14, John 6:35).  So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. Hebrews 4:11 NLT.  

We are living in times and seasons when everyone is constantly on the go, busy with work, family, business and other affairs of life.  The ups and downs of life begins to wear you down till you feel tired, weary and your physical body cant cope anymore.  You have so many schedules, official appointments on your calender but no time  to spend with the Lord and rest in His presence.  You have been  burnt out completely, spiritually discharged and depressed or stressed, your physical as well as your spiritual well being is being compromised.

I perceived a great need to write about taking time out with the Lord and being at a place of rest, I mean spiritual rest.  Gary Ellis calls it chillaxing with Jesus. My emphasis would be mainly on finding rest, complete peace and soundness of mind in the Lord.  God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day not because He was tired or weary but had completed the work of creation.   He was well pleased and satisfied with the perfection of His work (Genesis 2:3).

Do not wait until your body cant cope with the pressures of life, consequently affects your physical health before you realize that you need to rest to recuperate from the hustles and bustles of life.  As much as the physical body needs rest so does your spirit being.   After a long day’s work, the body becomes weak, burdened and tired so when you get home, you relax, your long tired feet on the comfy sofa and probably watch your favorite channel or close your eyes in the hope of having a little nap.  During this process, your body gradually recuperates from the pressures of the long day’s work.

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For only those  who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath:‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world Hebrew 4:1,3 NLT

The Lord has promised you a place of rest, a heavenly eternal rest where you can come boldly by faith through Jesus Christ by His grace and mercies to find rest in Him.   The place of rest is the secret place of the Most High where you keep your eyes fixed on Him , trusting Him to see you through every challenging situation .  It is a place of settlement, restoration and soundness of mind where your spirit, body and soul is restored  as He leads you beside the still waters and in the path of righteousness.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.3He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name Psalm 23:2-3 NLT

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stably  fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand] Psalm 91:1 amp

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.   11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! John 15:4, 11 NLT.

I pray that the Lord would renew your mind, restore your soul and bring  you to the place of rest in Him, resting in his  presence, Shekinah glory.  May you keep your eyes fixed on Him and remain in Him that your joy will overflow.  Lord Jesus give them the grace to keep standing and uproot every spirit of unbelief in your children because You are able to do all that you said you would do.  In Jesus Name Amen.

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4 comments

gle1244

Thanks for linking to my “Chillaxing with Jesus” blog post. I really appreciate the insights in your writing. I’ve recently saw another comment on a different post, so you must have subscribed. I’m going to do the same now with Heal The Brokenhearted. May an increased awareness of His rest be yours.

    Ngozi Ngadi

    Hello Gary, you have been a tremendous blessing and inspiration to me. May the good Lord continue to strengthen, guide you and continually keep you in His presence, where there is fullness of joy.

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