Rest isn’t just about sleeping. Finding rest in God can transform your spiritual battles and bring you closer to peace. It’s a strategic act of spiritual warfare equipped by God! It’s your spiritual superpower!

“Rest.” It sounds simple enough, but when God calls us to rest, what does He mean? In Genesis, God modeled rest after His work was complete. In the gospels, Jesus drew away to rest. Over a period of several years, He taught me valuable lessons on what finding rest in God truly means and how rest is a weapon given to us by God to combat our spiritual battles.

What do you think when you hear the word rest? Does bring to mind images of sleeping more? Refraining from activity? Or, being unproductive, weak or lazy?

What is rest from a biblical perspective?

What does it mean when the Bible talks about rest from a biblical perspective? How do you truly find rest in God?

Over the course of a year, I learned the meaning of rest. I took a deep dive into understanding the essence of rest. I learned to “be still and know that I am God” as the Bible says in Psalms 46:10.

In times when I rest, or become still, I hear the still small voice of God.

Jesus declares in John 10:27, Jesus says, “my sheep hear my voice.” I know that I can hear Him because it is recorded in scripture.

How can I hear the Lord if my mind is cluttered with worry, anxiety, stress and chaos? The answer is rest; in becoming still. I still my body and my mind so that I can hear Him.

4 Lessons the Lord taught me on finding rest in God:

1. Resting in God means we can believe that He is (“I AM”) sufficient for our every situation.

I believe, know and trust that He is sufficient in all things. He is in control. He is the great “I Am.” The One who is all I need in every situation.

2. In order to rest, we must first trust God.

When I rest, I remember that while I am not in control of every situation in my life, I trust the One who is.

3. Rest is also a physical act of obedience.

The enemy of my soul does not want me to be still. He knows the difference between times when I am a rested warrior in God’s Kingdom versus a warrior sidelined by worry and stress. When I am still and rested, I am a powerful warrior because I breathe in the very breath of God.

During this time when God relentlessly pursued me to willingly seek His rest, I learned to fight. Resting is an attitude, not just a physical act.

4. Further, obeying God in rest is productive and is one of our greatest spiritual weapons against our enemy.

In rest, I place my trust in God and His faithfulness, believing He is sufficient for every situation.

Have you decided to embrace His rest? What steps will you take to find rest in God? Rest is not merely a pause but a profound strategy equipped by God for our spiritual welfare and warfare.

Hope Prevails,
Dr. B

 

 

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Think rest is just about sleeping? Think again! Discover how finding rest in God can transform your spiritual battles and bring you closer to peace. Learn why resting isn't laziness—it's a strategic act of spiritual warfare equipped by God! Click to uncover the spiritual benefits of rest and how to achieve it!

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