Jesus, Our Place Of Rest. My Precious Child, I Love You And Will Never Leave You. Never, Ever. Rest Is Freedom From Work, Toil, Strain Or Activity. Rest Is The Cessation Of Motion Or Action Of Any Kind, And It Is Applicable To Anybody Or Being, As Rest From Labour, Rest From Mental Exertion, Or Rest Of Body Or Mind. A Body Is At Rest When It Ceases To Move. The Mind Is At Rest When It Ceases To Be Disturbed Or Agitated. The Opposite Of Rest Is Restlessness, Stress, Toil, Labour, Grind. This Rest Is Offered To All And Is Freely Available By Grace Through Personal Faith In Jesus Christ. Only In Christ Is Our Soul Fully And Truly At Rest.

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Jesus, Our Place Of Rest. My Precious Child, I Love You And Will Never Leave You. Never, Ever. Rest Is Freedom From Work, Toil, Strain Or Activity. Rest Is The Cessation Of Motion Or Action Of Any Kind, And It Is Applicable To Anybody Or Being, As Rest From Labour, Rest From Mental Exertion, Or Rest Of Body Or Mind. A Body Is At Rest When It Ceases To Move. The Mind Is At Rest When It Ceases To Be Disturbed Or Agitated. The Opposite Of Rest Is Restlessness, Stress, Toil, Labour, Grind. This Rest Is Offered To All And Is Freely Available By Grace Through Personal Faith In Jesus Christ. Only In Christ Is Our Soul Fully And Truly At Rest.

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 11:28-30

I’m going to start with a poem which I believe that many of you may know, or have heard of. The title of the poem is, “Footprints in the sand,” and it was written by Mary Stevenson.

One night I dreamed a dream.

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,

Especially at the very lowest and saddest times,

There was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.

“Lord, You said once I decided to follow You,

You would walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,

There was only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. Never, ever.

During your trials and testings,

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you.”

Whenever I read this poem, I am encouraged because it reminds me that my Heavenly Father is never far away. He is always near. Always.

Our Scripture reference in the Book of Matthew 11:28-30, says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].

29. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My Disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST [renewal, blessed quiet] FOR YOUR SOULS.

30. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”

The following definitions are an amalgamation of descriptions from English dictionaries as well as from various theological sources.

Rest is freedom from work, toil, strain or activity. Rest is the cessation of motion or action of any kind, and it is applicable to anybody or being, as rest from labour, rest from mental exertion, or rest of body or mind. A body is at rest when it ceases to move. The mind is at rest when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated.

The opposite of rest is restlessness, stress, toil, labour, grind etc

Rest is cessation of work or movement in order to recover strength.

Rest is freedom from anxiety or disturbance

To rest is to position oneself at ease in order to avoid fatigue or to get relief

In spiritual terms, rest means primarily to cease from one’s works with the idea of release from anxiety, worry and any form of insecurity. This rest is offered to all and is freely available by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ. Only in Christ is our soul fully and truly at rest. In this context, rest means to be done with self-effort as far as salvation is concerned. It means the end of trying to please God by our feeble, fleshly works.

Rest also means freedom from whatever worries or disturbs you. Some people cannot rest mentally and emotionally because they are so easily annoyed. Every little nuisance upsets them and they always feel hassled. Rest does not mean that we will not be faced with problematic situations and circumstances; it means freedom from being so easily bothered by them [it means freedom in the face of whatever would threaten to disturb your rest!].

Rest means to be inwardly quiet, composed, peaceful. To enter God’s rest means to be at peace with God, to possess the perfect peace He gives. It means to be free from guilt and even unnecessary feelings of guilt. It means freedom from worry about sin, because sin is forgiven. God’s rest is the end of legalistic works and the experience of peace in the total forgiveness of God.

Rest can mean to lie down, be settled, fixed, secure. In other words, there is no more shifting about in frustration from one thing to another, no more running in circles. In God’s rest we are forever established, and rooted in Christ. We are freed from running from philosophy to philosophy, from religion to religion, from lifestyle to lifestyle [see John 8:36]. We are freed from being tossed about by every doctrinal wind, every idea or fad, that blows our way. In Christ, we are established, rooted, grounded, unmovable [see Colossians 2:7]. That is the Believer’s rest.

Rest involves remaining confident, keeping trust, maintaining our faith in something or someone. In other words, to rest in something or someone means to maintain our confidence in it or them. To enter God’s rest, therefore, means to enjoy the perfect, unshakable confidence of salvation in our Lord. We have no more reason to fear. We have absolute trust and confidence in God’s Power and Care.

Rest also means to lean on. To enter into God’s rest means that for the remainder of our lives and for all eternity we can lean on God. We can be sure that He will never fail to support us. In our relationship with God, we can depend on Him for everything and in everything – for support, for health, for strength, for security, for all that we need. It is a relationship in which we are confident and secure that we have committed our life to God and that He holds it in perfect, eternal love. It is a relationship that involves being settled and fixed. No more floating around. We know Whom we have believed and we stand firm in Him.

Rest was built into the natural rhythms of life by the Creator, Who Himself rested on the seventh day of creation. The rest of God includes the crucial element of refreshment. Exodus 31:17 tells us that God not only rested on the seventh day but also “was refreshed.”

May the Lord help us to grasp real understanding of what His rest means, that we may enjoy it fully, in the Name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINTS

1. Father, please help us to enter daily into Your rest, that we may experience Communion with The One Who Is the Source and the Essence of rest, and find energy, satisfaction, and refreshment for our souls.

2. Father, please stir in us a deep reverential fear of You that will cause us to turn from evil, and bring refreshment to our bones.

3. Father, please let the people we relate with, find refreshing rest in our company because of our relationship with You, so that the ones who do not yet know You, may desire to know You for themselves.

Thank You Jesus!

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