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A few months ago I wrote about entering into a place of rest and why it is so important to find rest in Him.  Also I  gave a brief description of  spiritual rest .  Today I will  be expanding further, digging in deeper on how to enter into a place of rest.  It is the Lord’s utmost desire that we find rest, peace and soundness of mind in Him.

Living a life of remaining in His rest in the midst of the ups and downs of life or challenges we experience is  all about taking our intimacy with the Lord to a deeper and higher  level.  It starts with the hunger and thirst of seeking Him more than ever, being fed with the bread of life and drinking from  the fountain of His living water.  I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me Proverbs 8:17 NKJV.   He longs for us to seek His face every minute and second of the day.

So how do you enter into a place of rest?  it starts by our Permitting  Him to come into our heart and take complete perfect control.  There needs to be a desire to submit and surrender our spirit, body and soul.  The Lord has given us the freedom of choice to accept Him or disconnect from God.  However because He is God, our creator He has the authority to gain access into our hearts without our consent in some exceptional cases in the Bible like Jonah and Saul who had divine encounters with the Lord so that His name be glorified.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name Psalm 100:4 NKJV

Come into His presence with a thankful heart, praising Him for all He has done, is doing and about to do. It does not matter how painful, difficult, depressing, bitter and crushed you are.  Think about His love, mercies, faithfulness, mercies and grace.

Below are five ways to enter into His place of rest based on my experience.

  1. Be Still:  Requires that you clear your mind off every worries, stress, complaining over issues you have not control over.  Be Still and acknowledge God as the author and finisher of your faith. Psalm 46:10, 1 Kings 19:11-12
  2. Obedient to His Words: The Joshua Generation entered His rest because they were obedient to His instructions, promisess and His words did not depart from them.  They meditated on it day and night.  They followed His path and did not deviate to the left or right.  Joshua 1:7-9, Joshua 21:43-45
  3. Remain in Him: Remain in the Him no matter the cost.  Let nothing whatsoever  separate you from the love of God so that your joy will overflow.  This means you keeping your eyes fixed on Him and He will keep your in perfect peace. John 15:11, Isaiah 26:3
  4. His Grace: His grace is enough to see you through the turbulent times.  Walk with Him and He would work it out.  Take His yoke and He will give you complete rest.  Matthew 11:28-30, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
  5. Faith and believe:  It is difficult to enter His rest if you do not believe that He is able to do more than you could ever ask or imagine.  We have a faithful God who has never failed us.  Therefore ask God through the power of the Holy Spirit to help your unbelief.  With God all things are possible.

May the good Lord strengthen, guide and  bring you to the place of complete rest in Him.  May He keep you there and you remain in His presence.  For in His is fullness of joy and perfect peace.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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When I was a little child, I looked up to my daddy (earthly father) for everything.  When he spoke I believed every word  he said and took him by his words because I knew he would always fulfil all that he had promised me.  He was there when I needed a shoulder to lean on, in my openness I would run to him and pour out my heart to my daddy.  He would lift me up and carry me on his shoulders.  At that point nothing else mattered to me because I was in my daddy’s arms.  His words meant a lot to me, his encouragements, corrections and guidance.

There were times when my daddy made promises but could not fulfil those promises due to circumstances beyond his means. My focus  was not on the circumstance but the broken promises as a little girl growing up. However my Father in heaven stands by every word that proceeds from Him for His words shall not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).  He watches over his words until it accomplishes its works just as the rain falls down and waters the earth. He is God, He is my Daddy (Heavenly Father) and when He speaks it will happen in His own way and timing.  He does not lie, He does not cheat for He is a God of justice, righteousness and mercy.  “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.  Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19 NKJV.  He is the creator of the universe, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast Psalm 33:9 NKJV.

His words are soothing to heal the broken hearted, encourages you to keep standing in the midst of it all.  His shoulders are there for you to cry on.  Every drop of tears that falls from your beautiful face, He holds in a bottle.   You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book Psalm 56:8 NLT.  So trust Him at His words and lean not on your own understanding.  He has spoken, He has commanded, He has promised and it came to pass.  His words are spirit and truth.

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Building trust is essential in every relationship especially marriages.  You might have been hurt in the past and such relationships might have failed you several times that you held back to avoid anymore triggers.  Trust is a key part in every relationship, your employers must trust you to employ you or  your must show some reasonable position of reliability to be employable.  Friendships require trust to build healthy relationships.  Sometimes you trust someone then they stab you in the back consequently  anger,disappointments and so on creeps in gradually.  When this happens run to God and take refuge in Him.  You know what, your sole trust should be in God.  He is perfect and complete, there are no flaws in Him.  On the other side human beings are imperfect with their weaknesses and flaws.  Your refuge or place of safety should be in the Lord.  Trust God more than man and He will never forsake or fail you.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans Psalm 118:8 NIV.  

To trust God means to having complete dependence, reliance and support in Him.  It is your ability to cling to, lean on at all times and have total confidence in Him that He will see you through every problems or challenges you experience.  Trusting God to me means my wholes being (spirit, body and soul) clings to Him, even when I don’t understand what’s going on, I still lean on His own understanding and permit Him to direct my path.

My trust is fastened to God as I lift my life to Him.  And I am certain I will not be put to shame because I trust in You.  O Lord, I give my life to you.      I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced,   or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat Psalm 25:1-2.   As I let go, He takes control.  Though it may seem like I am forgotten, though it may look like I have been left behind in this race, I know certainly that He never forgets those who put their trust in Him and keeps me in perfect peace because my eyes are fixed on Him (Nahum 1:7, Isaiah 26:3-4)

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! 4 Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT.

Prayer

Father I thank You for today and what You have done in the past.  I pray for those who are loosing faith and trust in God at this hour, time and season that You would strengthen and give them perfect peace that surpasses all understanding.  Their eyes would be fixed on You and You alone, I pray oh Lord that they will shift their focus from the situation and trust You more because with You all things are possible.  I declare that with You all things are possible so Lord have Your way in their lives and take control in Jesus name.  Heal their hearts of every pains, bitterness and unforgiveness that they have experienced as a result of broken relationships.  You heal the broken hearted and set the captives free so where the spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.  I declare liberty in every area of their lives and fulfillment of Your will and purpose that whatever they have asked You in Your name according to Your will they will receive it in JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY and everyone says AMEN.

 

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Yesterday I attended a Praise Gathering Event, we praised God with our hands, voice, heart and whole body.  Today during my quiet time with the Lord, I paused for a moment and thought about different reasons to Praise God, Selah.  The key main reason that connected with me was because You are GOD.  Because You are God that is why I am praising You.  You created me in my mother’s womb and knew me before I was born.  You were there from the beginning  and not for one moment did you leave or forsake me.  You love because I am  more precious than rubies, gold or even diamonds.

Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Isaiah 43:4 NKJV

Have you taken time out, paused for a moment and thought about the million reasons to praise God.  Or you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, have a shower, put on your cloths and go to work.  Forgetting that He is the one that woke you up this morning.  But you just get on with life, I mean that’s the norm for you.  So what is your  reason for praising and thanking God? Do you really mean what you say or are they memorised words?  Lets appreciate God for who He is……. Because You are God, what He has done and about to do and praise Him for His mighty works.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11-12 NIV

In the past I waited for situations to get better or to improve to my advantage before I praised God.  But now I realised that there is a secret to praising God, Praise your way through  your breakthrough if you need a breakthrough.   You enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, rejoice for it’s a new day, Psalm 100:4.  In the midst of it all, I praise God because the devil can’t stand my praise, they tremble at the shouts of praises offered to God.   I praise Him in the storm, rain and even on the dry land.

[Chorus]

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm   

Song by Casting Crowns Praise You in the Storm (Song), Life Song (Album)

Because You are God I have a reason to praise You
It does not matter what  circumstance is, the pains, hurts or frustration I face
Whether I am up or down, happy or sad, sorrowful or joyful I will praise You
When I wake up in the morning, I remember it’s because You are God that I am alive
I travel everyday to work and come back home safely
Travel miles away from home and still come back safely
Then I think about Your grace, journey mercies, and protection because You are God
I think about what You have done in the past for me
How you delivered me from bondage now I am completely free because You are God
I think about my present challenges, knowing that You have seen me through
So Lord I thank You and praise You because You are truly God

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Prayer is an art of communion with the Lord or a two way communication to God. You speak to Him and in return hear from Him, from you to the Lord and the Lord to you.  My journey as a believer has been a rough bumpy ride, along the way I have learnt to communicate with the Lord wit the help of the Holy Spirit.  In the past, challenges tried to overwhelm me and it  became  tough to pray because my eyes were fixed on the situation.  Now I  have learnt to fix my eyes on the Lord, click here for post on My eyes are fixed on You.   It surely has been a learning process during this period.  What has kept me pressing on is understanding the key importance of prayer and its effects when we pray the right way.  Below are the highlighted the key importance of prayer to me :

DEEPER LEVEL OF INTIMACY: Prayer has developed my relationship with the Lord to a deeper level of intimacy.  In His presence is the vulnerability of a child’s heart.  Opening my heart, releasing every emotional pains, brokenness, bitterness, unforgiveness, laying them at the cross then cleansing and purifying my heart through the blood of Jesus helps me to have direct access through Christ my mediator.  If you search for the Lord wholeheartedly He will find you and meet you at your point of need,  Jeremiah 29:13 NLT.  This requires complete surrender and release to Lord Jesus Christ all your burdens so He deals with it not you but the Lord takes charge.
INCREASED TRUST IN THE LORD: The more you seek Him the more you know more of who He is.  As you know more of Him, your trust in the Lord increases thereby increasing your level of faith, click here for How to build your faith in God.   It is essential to develop a time of seeking Him behind closed doors to receive words of love, encouragement and direction.  Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come Jeremiah 33:3 NLT. 

ASSURANCE THAT HE HAS ANSWERED YOUR PRAYERS: The word of God says ask and you shall receive seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall open, Matthew 7:7. Because He is our Heavenly Father He knows whats best for us and He will not give us a stone for bread.  When you pray with a pure right heart He will surely answer you.  And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him 1 John 5:14 NLT. 

PLACE OF SECURITY: When you abide in His presence you arrive at a place of rest and security, where your heart and mind is at rest because you are under the shadow of His wings and in the secret place of the Most High, Psalm 91:1 amp.  Prayer helps you to arrive at that place of security.  Never stop praying 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT, it is as simple as that never stop praying, praying always in the spirit, thanking Him for what He has done, praising Him and meditating on His words.  Keep persevering, do not give up, keep on praying.  In His presence is where you will find peace and joy, in a time of intimacy with the Lord.

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