“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.