VIDEO Entering the Rest of God

“For we who have believed do enter that rest… Hebrews‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A great man of God told me today that Rest is the highest level of faith. When we truly believe, we enter into that Rest. Complete trust and confidence in God regardless of our circumstances. God has given peace in the midst of a chaotic world. It’s in The Bible! 👇🏻

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Can we have such faith in Him? Complete trust that He is God and He loves us? Because He truly does. Deeply. He will climb the highest mountain and swim the deepest ocean for us.

For me, this is something I have been struggling with all my life. Abandoned as a child and living with a foster family has caused me to depend on no one except myself. I pay for my own education by working part time job and giving tuition so that I do not need to use anyone’s money. I rejected help from people at work because I want to prove that I’m independent. I can make it on my own. Letting go is extremely hard for me.

But surrendering and letting go is a huge part of our Christian life! Not my will but His will.

“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
‭Luke‬ ‭17:33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Our good good Father has orchestrated events in my life to bring me to a point of complete surrender. The last 3 years of wilderness has helped me to realize the futile of my own strength and efforts.

I was so afraid of letting others be ahead of me. So I strived and fight to be better. So that I won’t be bullied or despised. My friends’ victories made me fearful and feel unworthy. I placed my worth and value in my performance and material possession. I have no peace even when I am doing well because someone can overtake me tomorrow. My heart was full of idols. I love and crave for praises and I meditate on them to give myself a sense of worth which will be taken away the next day when someone did better than me. What tiring way to live! I hate that life.

I am thankful that at the end of these 3 years, I finally gave up striving and toiling. By stripping away what I used to cling on to, I came face to face with my insecurities and fear. And God still loves me. Where I am. He accepts me. He loves me unconditionally. He gave up His life for mine even before I knew Him.

My failure became my greatest blessing. To embrace the love and acceptance of my Creator. To know that even when I have nothing, yet I am enough. Even when I failed, I am still good. Even when I can’t give you anything, I am worthy. Even when nobody is with me, I am loved. Even when the world rejects me, I am accepted.

““You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Because I know He loves me. I can rest in His love for me. His love never fails. His love always hopes. His love always strengthens. His love always provides. His love always leads and guides me.

I immerse myself in worship. It’s a song of how amazing is His love for us. Instead of rejecting it, I receive His love for me. And I allow His love to fill and washes me again and again. It’s a divine exchange. I come to the cross and leave my anxiety, fears, and burdens at the foot of the cross. Then I receive His peace, love, righteousness and joy. The Love of my life and the One I cling on to. ❣️

Lets us depends on Him today and tomorrow and the day after and the day after that.. Cease from dead works and ungodly competition. Let us not be fearful of the future because He is already there.

Now, let’s us open our bible and immerse in His Word.

Entering the Rest of God

A Goal and a Purpose

My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me. Acts 20:24

In 2018, endurance athlete Colin O’Brady took a walk that had never been taken before. Pulling a supply sled behind him, O’Brady trekked across Antarctica entirely alone—a total of 932 miles in 54 days. It was a momentous journey of dedication and courage.

Commenting on his time alone with the ice, the cold, and the daunting distance, O’Brady said, “I was locked in a deep flow state [fully immersed in the endeavor] the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey.”

For those of us who have put our faith in Jesus, that statement might strike a familiar chord. It sounds a lot like our calling as believers: focused on the goal of walking through life in a way that glorifies (honors) God and reveals Him to others. In Acts 20:24, Paul, no stranger to dangerous journeys, said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

As we walk on in our relationship with Jesus, may we recognize what we know about the purpose for our journey and press on to the day we’ll see our Savior face to face.

By:  Dave Branon

Reflect & Pray

How does your relationship with Jesus affect your walk in life? What can you do today to reveal to others your love for Him?

Dear heavenly Father, as we walk through life, help us to honor You in all we do. And may we encourage others to journey with You.

Sunday Reflection: God’s Love for Us

If you knew every thought people had about you—or if they knew your thoughts about them—how long would those relationships last? Thankfully, God isn’t limited in this way, even though He knows everything about us, not just our thoughts (Psalm 139:4). He hears each word and sees our most private actions. And though He alone knows the full extent of our brokenness, His love for us persists like an unquenchable fire.

Acknowledging our brokenness before God changes the way we think about our own sin—and His love for us in spite of it. It causes us to grieve, not only for ourselves but also for the sins of the world. Yet we should remember Jesus didn’t just mourn sin; He conquered it. And He invites us to pursue something more than this world can offer: the greatest love of all.

THINK ABOUT IT
• Consider how the Beatitudes connect to each other. In what way is poverty of spirit—opening ourselves up to God— part of acknowledging and grieving our brokenness?

• Have you experienced comfort in grief or during a difficult situation? Think about how you felt in those moments. As you pray this week, reflect on the kind of comfort God promises— both in the present and when He returns.

Signs and Seasons, as well as Days and Years

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” (Genesis 1:14)

The subject of “time” is enigmatic. Everyone seems to know what is meant by time, but no one can define it. We may complain about time going too slow or too fast, but time doesn’t go anywhere. But neither does it “stand still.”

At least we can measure time intervals—seconds, hours, centuries, etc. This is because of God’s gracious forethought in providing means for doing this. He was not a “blind watchmaker,” as some evolutionists have called Him. He actually created time “in the beginning” (Genesis 1:1).

Then He set the sun and the moon in the sky, and made the earth to assume a global shape and to rotate on an axis, making the measurement of time in “days” possible. Next He placed stars in the far heavens in various locations and combinations and the earth to orbit around the sun, enabling us to tell how many “days” make up a “year.” Then, once the earth’s rotational axis was “tilted,” that made “seasons” measurable. So we can at least identify time durations in days and years with their seasons, and we can subdivide or combine these in whatever ways we find convenient (minutes, decades, summer, winter, etc.).

But what about the “signs”? Although this is a controversial question, certain ancient Jewish scholars believed that God named the stars and their groupings (Isaiah 40:26; Job 38:31-32; etc.) and then revealed their prophetic meanings to patriarchs Seth and Enoch in order to record His great plan and purpose in creation permanently in the heavens. If so, it is no longer needed, since the written Word of God, “for ever… settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89), has now been transmitted “unto the fathers by the prophets” (Hebrews 1:1) and “shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). HMM

Different Man in the Pulpit

Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe.

—1 Thessalonians 2:10

 

I am afraid of the pastor that is another man when he enters the pulpit from what he was before. Reverend, you should never think a thought or do a deed or be caught in any situation that you couldn’t carry into the pulpit with you without embarrassment. You should never have to be a different man or get a new voice and a new sense of solemnity when you enter the pulpit. You should be able to enter the pulpit with the same spirit and the same sense of reverence that you had just before when you were talking to someone about the common affairs of life.   WMJ025

Lord, help me to be a man of impeccable integrity. Give me the grace to be the same man, whether in the pulpit, in a board meeting, caught in rush hour traffic or at dinner with my wife. Amen.

 

Cells of the Same Body

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.

—Acts 17:24

 

Church members may by necessity be scattered over the surface of the earth and separated…but in every true member of the Church is the homing instinct and the longing of the sheep for the fold and the Shepherd.

Give a few real Christians half a chance and they will get together and organize and plan regular meetings for prayer and worship….[T]hey will hear the Scriptures expounded, break bread together in one form or another according to their light, and try as far as possible to spread the saving gospel to the lost world.

Such groups are cells in the Body of Christ, and each one is a true Church, a real part of the greater Church. It is in and through these cells that the Spirit does His work on earth. Whoever scorns the local church scorns the Body of Christ. GTM025-026

The Holy Spirit’s presence with the Church is better than the continued physical presence of the Lord Jesus would have been. For…it is an internal and not an external presence…[and] equally accessible to all God’s people. CTBC, Vol. 4/499

 

Get Up, Go and Do Something!

Matthew 25:35

One picture among the many that I cherish of my father explains a certain development in the history of the Army, and gives a glimpse of the deep fires that burned in the personality of William Booth. One morning, away back in the eighties, I was an early caller at his house. Here I found him in his dressing room. No “good morning how do you do” here!

“Bramwell,” he cried, when he caught sight of me, “did you know that men slept out all night on the bridges?”

He had arrived in London very late the night before and had to cross the city to reach his home. What he had seen on that midnight return accounted for this morning tornado. Did I know that men slept out all night on the bridges?

“Well, yes,” I replied, “a lot of poor fellows, I suppose, do that.”

“Then you ought to be ashamed of yourself to have known it and to have done nothing for them,” he went on, vehemently.

I began to speak of the difficulties, burdened as we were already, of taking up all sort of work, and so forth. My father stopped me with a peremptory wave.

“Go and do something!” he said. “We must do something.”

“What can we do?”

“Get them a shelter!”

“That will cost money.”

“Well, that is your affair! Something must be done. Get hold of a warehouse and warm it, and find something to cover them.”

That was the beginning of The Salvation Army shelters, the earliest and most typical institutions connected with our now worldwide social work. But it also throws a ray of light on the characteristic benevolence of the Army’s Founder. The governing influence of his life was goodwill to his fellows. His heart was a bottomless well of compassion, and it was for this reason principally that, although perhaps more widely and persistently abused than any other figure of his time, he was even more widely and tenaciously loved.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in” (Matt. 25:35).

Bramwell Booth, Echoes and Memories