RHAPSODY OF REALITIES TEEVO DEVOTIONAL ;
15TH APRIL. 2018; PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME;
ENTER INTO GOD’S REST
(Practise The Life Of Rest)
TO THE BIBLE – Matthew 6:31-32
“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
Many people today are burdened with stress and anxieties. They endlessly worry about getting into the right schools, the health of their family members, choosing the right kind of friends etc. God doesn’t want that worry-filled life for any of His kids. Worry sets before you a magnetic force that attracts things that are consistent with it. It has its fears of negative possibilities. If you keep worrying about not getting into the university of your choice, for example, soon enough it’ll happen that exact way!
The cure for worrying is to stay your mind on God’s Word. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” So, rather than worry, ask and receive whatever you require, and live in the consciousness of His victory, grace and excellence in the different areas of life!
Anything short of a life of absolute rest, joy, and fulfilment in Christ Jesus, isn’t God’s best for you. According to Hebrews 4:3, He’s finished all His works from the foundation of the world before He made man, and now He’s at rest. He’s not working or creating new things today nor is He modifying the things He already made. He’s seated in heaven, not pacing and wondering what else needs to be done. This is the kind of life He’s given us; a life free of struggles.
The Bible says, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-11). Living in God’s rest is one of the blessings for the new creation, and the way to live in it is living by faith in God’s Word. Embrace the Master’s invitation to a stress-free life, and live accordingly.
Dear Father, thank you for the life of rest, joy, and fulfilment you’ve granted me in Christ Jesus. I’m seated together with Christ in heavenly places, ruling and reigning with Him. Now and always, I function from the vantage position of peace, and dominion in Christ. Blessed be God!
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 14:25-15:1-10, Judges 19-21
Mark 2:13-22, Leviticus 15
Meditate on the life of rest the Lord gives in Matthew 11:28-30.