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Stephen Guise. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Yet within his moral boundaries, we each have the opportunity and responsibility to determine our course. They will do almost anything and everything else but that. Spurgeon on Rest - Do not tell me that there is no rest for us till we get to heaven. We who have believed in Jesus enter into rest even now.
Why should we not do so? Our salvation is complete. The robe of righteousness in which we are clad is finished. The atonement for our sins is fully made. We are reconciled to God, beloved of the Father, preserved by his grace, and supplied by his providence with all that we need. We carry all our burdens to him and leave them at his feet. We spend our lives in his service, and we find his ways to be ways of pleasantness, and his paths to be paths of peace. Oh, yes, we have found rest unto our souls! I recollect the first day that I ever rested in Christ, and I did rest that day.
And so will all of you who trust in Jesus as I trusted in him. A W Tozer on Rest - You will never have inward peace until you have acknowledged your guilt. This is something you cannot dodge and evade, because you have a conscience and your conscience will never let you rest until you get rid of the guilt! Someone has defined a football team as 22 men on the field desperately in need of rest , and 's of folks in the stands in desperate need of exercise! Many of God's choice servants are in desperate need of rest!
Are you resting, resting in Him, abiding in the Vine or still striving in your own strength in the futile attempt to grow spiritual fruit? It is the very rest God Himself enjoys and which He Himself makes available to us by grace through faith. This phrase is difficult to fully comprehend because it is not just a relaxation of tensions, but a rest that is qualitatively the same rest the Omnipotent God enjoys and is willing to share with us!
This truth should motivate a deep love for Him and a strong desire to walk in a manner which is pleasing to Him. God's rest is a "working rest" for even thought He finished His creation work and rested, this did not a cessation from work, but rather the proper repose that comes from completing a work. Stayed upon Jehovah Hearts are fully blest, Finding, as he promised, Perfect peace and rest. Frances Ridley Havergal.
I thank thee, Lord, that here our souls, Though amply blest, Can never find, although they seek, A perfect rest, Nor ever shall, until they lean On Jesus' breast. Adelaide Anne Proctor. Anxiety is a word of unbelief or unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest. The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest.
Although we must still meet death, let us nevertheless be calm and serene in living and dying, when we have Christ going before us. If anyone cannot set his mind at rest by disregarding death, that man should know that he has not yet gone far enough in the faith of Christ. The one who has come to trust in the salvation of Jesus for his soul will be content to rest in the revelation of Jesus for his mind. The grace of God which is in a real Christian will not allow him to be at rest in sin. A believer who has sinned is like a man who is required to be his own executioner.
How blest thy saints! How surely kept! Saviour of all in earth and sea, How happy they who rest in thee! It is very well to rest on God when you have other props, but it is best of all to rest on him when every prop is knocked away. Who can measure the happiness of heaven, where no evil at all can touch us, no good will be out of reach; where life is to one long laud extolling God, who will be all in all; where there will be no weariness to call for rest, no need to call for toil, no place for any energy but praise.
Someone has observed, "In Christ we have a love that can never be fathomed, a peace that can never be understood, a rest that can never be disturbed, a joy that can never be diminished, a hope that can never be disappointed, and a spiritual resource that can never be exhausted. Psalm - Someone has said, " The rest of your life depends on the rest of your nights. When asked to give the secret of her calmness amid the terror and danger, she replied, "Well, every night I say my prayers. And then I remember that God is always watching, so I go peacefully to sleep.
After all, there is no need for both of us to stay awake! That's what David did when he was in trouble, for he wrote, "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety" When you realize your heavenly Father is watching over you, you can find sweet rest. Perfect peace—a priceless possession. Whose mind is stayed on You—a present focus.
Because he trusts in You—a powerful faith. The believer who is confident of God's providence, who rests in His grace, and who relies on His Holy Spirit will experience the miracle of His quieting peace. In the back corner of my yard, partitioned by a rose bed and a year-old lilac bush, rests a pile, 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 4 feet high—my compost pile. Old-fashioned chicken wire stapled to well-anchored stakes holds it in place. Into it I toss every bit of yard scrap and a heavy dose of kitchen scrap … a bit of lime now and then, a good dose of dog droppings, and an occasional handful of fertilizer.
The compost pile burns hot, never smells, and each October yields about 70 bushels of fine black dirt, dark as midnight, moist and flaky, that I spread in the garden. Timmerman compares his compost soil, which grows rich and fertile as it sits for months, to his life and the need of his soul for rest. Godly rest can turn the difficulties of daily life into a rich resource for spiritual fruitfulness.
The glory of the incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man—one who is all that God is and at the same time all that man is: one on whose almighty arm we can rest, and to whose human sympathy we can appeal. Rest is not a hallowed feeling that comes over us in church; it is the response of a heart set deep in God. Though round me the storms of adversity roll, And the waves of destruction encompass my soul, In vain this frail vessel the tempest shall toss, My hopes rest secure on the blood of the Cross.
How can I look to be at home in the enemy's country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace and the forge and the hammer. Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself. Psalm Most of us are inclined to think that the pressures upon us are the greatest.
The Psalmist would have had ample reason to feel that way. Hunted by his enemies, forsaken by his friends, maligned by his critics, David offers some wise spiritual advice in Psalm While waiting at the counter to check the delay on a flight home, I overheard a perturbed passenger say to the ticket agent, "If you had told me sooner, I wouldn't have lost my cool.
I confess I thought of regrettable occasions when I too had acted in a similar fashion. The little trifling things that plague our spirits should not be allowed to irritate us to the point of impatience and fretfulness. Certainly we must not let it be followed by bitter complaint. Three times over, the Psalmist uses the phrase, "Fret not thyself" Ps , 7, 8. There is something we can do about it. We must avoid succumbing to the circumstances and the frustrations, lest we add to this human tendency toward fretfulness.
What is the antidote for this? We do not have to lose our "cool. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee. Have faith in God and wait; Although He seems to linger long, He never comes too late. He never cometh late; He knoweth what is best; Vex not thyself in vain; Until He cometh, rest. Until He cometh, rest , Nor grudge the hours that roll; The feet that wait for God Are soonest at the goal. Are soonest at the goal That is not gained with speed; Then hold thee still, my heart, For I shall wait His lead. In the Philippines the driver of a carabao wagon was on his way to market when he overtook an old man carrying a heavy load.
Accepting the Lord’s Will and Timing
Taking compassion on him, the driver invited the old man to ride in the wagon. Gratefully the old man accepted. After a few minutes, the driver turned to see how the man was doing. To his surprise, he found him still straining under the heavy weight, for he had not taken the burden off his shoulders. Christ offers rest to all who will trust him completely.
To Christians, every sunset is an exclamation point given to us by God the Creator to end the day. It's as if the Lord were saying, " Set aside your worries. Rest from your labors. Forget about those disappointments. I am still here, taking care of My universe. I am in control. I have not changed. Look up beyond the sun to Me and be at peace. Though I do not know the reason, I can trust, and so am blest; God is love, and God is faithful, So in perfect peace I rest.
Someone prayed when my faith was dim And when Satan pressed me sore, God answered them, gave strength within; Somebody prayed, I know. Spittal, alt. A certain ungodly tavern keeper who was very fond of music decided to attend one of John Wesley's Methodist gatherings in order to hear the singing. He had resolved, however, not to listen to the sermon, and therefore sat with his head down and his fingers in his ears.
But when God wants to speak to a soul, He can make His voice heard even if He uses means that may seem strange to us. As the man stubbornly refused to listen, a fly lit upon his nose. For a moment he moved his hand to drive it away, and in so doing, nine words of the sermon were brought to his attention: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. He came to the next meeting, listened eagerly to the Gospel, and was saved. Have you heard the Savior's voice?
Living for the Lord, serving Him each day, Best prepares the soul for the stormy way; Then as trials come, tempting to despair, We can rest secure, safe within His care. If I gained the world but not the Savior Were my life worth living for a day? Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort In the things that soon must pass away?
Once my life was full of effort, Now 'tis full of joy and zest; Since I took His yoke upon me, Jesus gives to me His rest. Into His hands I lay the fears that haunt me, The dread of future ills that may befall; Into His hands I lay the doubts that taunt me, And rest securely, trusting Him for all.
Here we rest in wonder, viewing All our sins on Jesus laid, And a full redemption flowing From the sacrifice He made. Though much in nature sings God's praise, And reason's light is well possessed, Still man needs Revelation's rays To find in Christ eternal rest. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mt From nature we can learn a lesson about the importance of rest. Built into the life of every tree are stages of dormancy. In his book As a Tree Grows, W Phillip Keller points out that in northern climates the dormant phase is in the winter, and in the tropical regions it is during the hot, dry season. A tree may appear to be dead, it is true. The leaves of deciduous trees will be all stripped off in the fall, leaving a stark skeleton.
The tree is nevertheless very much alive—but at rest. The dormant phase is a rebuilding and reconditioning for the upsurge of vigorous activity ahead. Some Christians think that inactivity is a waste of time. They see the occasional lulls that come into life as being unproductive. But that is not necessarily the case. Notice what Christ did for His disciples alter they had finished a strenuous period of evangelistic activity He led then into the wilderness to rest so they could be restored for further service.
Not many wise has the dear Savior chosen, Not many noble shall enter His rest; Foolish, despised ones are heirs to His mercy-- Simple in faith, by His grace they are blest. The writers were referring to the seventh day of creation, when God rested from all His labors. The magazine advertisement stopped me short and made me think. I had never thought of the seventh day as a "day oft" so that the Lord could get rested. But it does underscore the work-rest principle that began in Genesis and runs throughout the entire Bible.
In the Old Testament, Israel was commanded to honor the seventh day by not doing any work. The Sabbath was to be a day of recovery as well as a day of sacrifice and worship. The land was to be left idle every seventh year—a principle modem agriculture has found to be essential for maximum yields. And in the New Testament, we read that the Lord Jesus led His disciples to a quiet place after a prolonged preaching tour so they could rest Mark This new insight caused me take a look at my own schedule and make some adjustments.
When our calendars are crammed with activities, and especially when Sundays are the most hectic of all, we need to slow down and take time to rest. The Bible calls for it, and our bodies and emotions desperately need it. Think of it this way: If it was important for God to do, how much more so for us? O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord, Until my very heart overflow In kindling thought and glowing word, Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show. Ephesians - When I was a lad, my father was my "authority" on the world of nature.
One day as we were talking about those birds from which we get the expression "crazy as a loon," he mentioned that without any wind blowing it was almost impossible for them to take off and fly. I took his word for it, but it didn't seem to make sense to me until one evening some time later when my brother and I were out fishing. Not a breeze was stirring, and the surface of the small lake was like glass. The quietness of the moment was suddenly broken by the loud flapping of wings.
Evidently we had scared "Mr. Loon," and he decided to get out of there. Yet, despite his heroic effort, he just skimmed along the surface of the water unable to gain altitude. Reaching the other side of the lake, he still wasn't high enough to clear the trees, and, executing a fancy turn, he came back toward us still flap-ping his wings with all his might.
We held our breath as he reached the opposite shore, barely missed the treetops, and disappeared from view. He had made it — but what a struggle! Re-calling that experience, the thought came to me: what a contrast there is between that struggling loon and the majestic eagle which ascends high in the heavens with wings outstretched, gliding effortlessly to new and thrilling heights. The flapping loon and the soaring eagle portray two kinds of Christians.
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There are some dear souls who seem to be always "flapping" without making much headway, while others can truthfully and joyfully sing with the hymn writer, "New heights I'm gaining every day. Do we have a Spirit-filled life? Do we rest upon the Lord and let Him work through us? I wonder, when others see us, are they reminded of flapping loons or soaring eagles? Higher Ground I want to scale the utmost height, And catch a gleam of Glory bright; Still praying as I onward bound, "Lord, lead me on to higher ground!
My heart has no desire to stay Where doubts arise and fears dismay; Though some may dwell where those abound, My prayer, my aim, is higher ground. Oatman, Jr. These words may often be said of us. A time of emergency arises; the necessity for instant and vigorous action seems overpowering; we fail to see what course to adopt — and immediately we get flurried and excited; we run from one to another; we lose our sleep. All our earnest resolutions to abide in Christ and live in his fellowship are forgotten.
We have forgotten our resting-place.
Or we are in the midst of a great campaign of work. From morning to night we are plunged in a mass of calculations and activities. There is no time to take our meals, much less to obtain opportunities for prayer and fellowship with God. Our rooms without, our souls within, are littered with the symptoms of the many absorbing interests which are monopolizing our attention. Or, perhaps, it is a time of great temptation. Hour after hour the foe returns to the attack. We have done our best to withstand him; but have hit out without precision, have fired at random.
Again, we have forgotten our resting-place. The place where we lie down to rest is under the shadow of the Cross. Whilst we remain there, we are perfectly safe and blessed. Return unto thy rest, O straying sheep! Back to the arms of Jesus, where only such frail ones as thou art are safe. I knew a man, who had to bear a thousand crosses belonging to others, and who grieved himself into an illness because others did not love God as He deserves, till all at once his own foolishness and sinfulness struck him to the heart. He could do nothing then but cast himself and them into the endless depths of the love of God; and he ended by having rest in his heart, and a song on his lips.
Our Daily Homily. There is a rest for weary souls. He entered it, we are told, when He had finished his work; and beheld it to be very good; and ever since the door has been standing open for the travel-stained, weary children of men to enter it. To every other creation-day there were evening and morning, but not to this; it partakes of the nature of eternity in its timeless bliss. Let us rejoice that this rest remaineth. And Canaan, with its sweet plains and cessation of the wilderness wanderings, could not completely fulfill it; because centuries after it had been given through Joshua, in the Psalms God spoke of yet another day, as though his rest were still future.
The rest may be a present experience. There is rest, sweet rest, there. This rest is compatible with great activity. On the seventh day the Creator rested from creation; but He works in providence. Jesus, on the seventh day, rested from Calvary; but He pleads in heaven. Cease from your own works, after a similar fashion; abandon your restless planning and striving; by the grace of the Holy Spirit better service will be produced.
It is the noonday glare in Palestine. Away yonder is a sequestered glen, where mosses line the margins of streamlets and pools, and rich pasture keeps green in the shadow of the hills. Thither the cattle descend at noon. As the shadows creep down the mountain-sides they follow them, and presently the herd browses on the succulent herbage or reclines beneath the shadows of the spreading trees, while the brooks purl past clear and cool. Similarly Isaiah says God brought his people through the wilderness, leading them as a horse that might not stumble, and finally conducted them into the rest of Canaan.
The scorching sun of temptation shines around us. The glare of publicity, the fever of money-making, the strife of tongues, torment the children of men. When once we learn to trust our Fathers unfailing love, we are caused to rest. Notice that forcible expression: the Spirit of the Lord caused them to rest. Here is anew thought of the omnipotence of love. It can so reveal itself that it almost compels rest. Cause us to lie down, O Lord, we pray Thee!
Job speaks of Him as giving quietness: and then who can make trouble? Seek quietness as his gift! Seek it! To all other days there were evening and morning, but not to this. It does not consist in circumstances, or conditions of existence, but in disposition. It does not lie, as sacred poets have too often suggested, beyond the confines of this world — it is now, and here. Canaan is not primarily a type of heaven; but of that blessed experience which is ours when we have passed the Jordan of death to natural impulse or selfish choice, and have elected for evermore to accept, and delight in, the will of God.
Will you not take up this position today? Oh that ye would hear his voice! To hear his voice speaking in the heart, in circumstances, and in nature, and to obey promptly, gladly, blithely, — this would bring the soul into the rest that remains unexhausted for the people of God. Are you hardening your heart against some evident duty to which you are called, but which you are evading? Are you hardening your heart to some appeal which comes to you through the ties of kinship and nature? Are you saying, "Can God subdue these Canaanites", instead of "God can"?
Beware, for this is the sin of Massah and Meribah, which, being interpreted, means strife. Woe to those that strive with their Maker; let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Isa KJV Ed : Dear reader - In this paragraph Meyer seems to be placing the emphasis on the initial salvation experience, whereas in the following paragraph he clearly emphasizes the process of sanctification. Every one comes in the Christian life, once at least, to Kadesh-Barnea. On the one hand the land of rest and victory; on the other the desert wastes. The balance, quivering between the two, is turned this way by faith; that by unbelief.
Trust God, and rest.
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Mistrust Him, and the door closes on rest, to open to wanderings, failure, and defeat. Editorial comment : But not to loss of salvation if one is genuinely saved in the first place! Meyer, F. So didst Thou lead Thy people, To make for Thyself a glorious name.
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Isaiah He entered it, we are told, when He had finished His work; and beheld it to be very good; and ever since the door has been standing open for the travel-stained, weary children of men to enter it. God is the Rest-Giver. When He surrounds us on every side with His protecting care, so that our life resembles one of the cities of the Netherlands in the great war— inaccessible to the foe because surrounded by the waters of the sea, admitted through the sluice— then neither adversary nor evil occurrence can break in, and we are kept in perfect peace, our minds being stayed on God.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand, Never foe can enter, never traitor stand. Have you experienced the rest which comes by putting God round about you, on every side—like the light which burns brightly on a windy night because surrounded by its four panes of clear glass? And yet the two are compatible, because the wars expend themselves on God, as the waves on the shingle; and there are far reaches of rest within, like orchards and meadows and pasture-lands beyond the reach of the devastating water.
Out of such rest should come the best work. We are not surprised to find Solomon announcing his purpose to build a house unto the name of the Lord. Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus, anointed Him. Out of quiet hearts arise the greatest resolves; just as from the seclusion of country hamlets have come the greatest warriors, statesmen, and patriots.
Men think, foolishly, that the active, ever-moving souls are the strongest. It is not so, however. They expend themselves before the day of trial comes. Give me those who have the power to restrain themselves and wait; these are they that can act with the greatest momentum in the hour of crisis. The men of rest are the builders of the most lasting structures.
Solomon builds the Temple, not David. What is needed to make us men and women of rest? First, a profound conviction that God is working. Beecher Stowe, when you remember what God did with slavery: the best possible must happen. This serene faith, that all things are working out for the best— the best to God, the best to man— and that God is at the heart of all, will calm and still us in the most feverish days.
There is a strong and an experienced Hand on the helm. Next, an entire surrender to His will. Thirdly, a certain knowledge that He is working within to will and do of His good pleasure. So shalt thou build to good and lasting purpose. THE men of rest are the builders of the most lasting structures.
Mary's deed of anointing, learnt in much sitting at the Lord's feet Jn , fills the world with its aroma. First, a profound conviction that God is working Jn , Jn Never despair of the world, said the late Mrs. This serene faith, that all things are working out for the best; the best to God, the best to man; and that God is at the heart of all, will calm and still us in the most feverish days.
God's will is certain to mean the destruction of the flesh, in whatever form He finds it; but it is our part to yield to Him; to will his will even to the cross; to follow our leader Christ in this, that He yielded Himself without reserve to execute his Father's purpose. Thirdly, a certain knowledge that He is working within to will and do of his good pleasure Php note , Php note -- What a blessed peace possesses us when once we realize that we are not called on to originate or initiate, nor to make great far-reaching plans and try to execute them; but just to believe that God is prepared to work through our hands, speak by our life, dwell in our bodies, and fulfil in us the good purposes of His will cp Heb , note.
Be full of God's rest. Let there be no hurry, precipitation, or fret; yield to God's hands, that He may mold thee: hush thy quickly throbbing pulse! Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.
Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus. As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul, and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him.
When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him. Spurgeon, C. Faith's Checkbook. Morning and evening: Daily readings January 18 AM - How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labours.
Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained. There, all are at rest; they have attained the summit of the mountain; they have ascended to the bosom of their God. Higher they cannot go. Ah, toil-worn labourer, only think when thou shalt rest for ever! Canst thou conceive it? Happy day! Henry Bosch tells the following story entitled " Oh Rest in the Lord " - Years ago the English steamer Stella was wrecked on a rocky coast.
Twelve women put into a lifeboat, but the boisterous sea immediately carried it away. Having no oars, they were at the mercy of the winds and the waves, and they spent a fearful night being tossed about by the raging tempest. They probably would have lost hope if it had not been for the spiritual stamina of one of the ladies, Margaret Williams, who was well-known for her work in sacred oratorios. Calmly she prayed aloud for Divine protection. Then, urging her companions to put their trust in the Lord, she encouraged them by singing hymns of comfort. Throughout the dark hours her voice rang out across the water.
Early the next morning a small craft came searching for survivors. The man at the helm would have missed the women in the fog if he had not heard Miss Williams singing the selection from Elijah. While many others were lost that night, these trusting few were rescued. Taylor, may provide some answers. Taylor worked for a large steel mill during the Spanish-American War He was an ambitious young executive and was one of the first to apply scientific methods—as then known—to study the productivity of manual labor. In those days there were no cranes to load steel bars onto railroad cars.
It was backbreaking manual work and, after some experimentation, Taylor concluded that the men could do more work if they took rest pauses at definite intervals. He induced some of the workers to try his new method. At this whistle they were to sit down and rest. The result—the amount of iron carried increased from 12 and a half to 47 tons a day!
Although they are experiencing the "rest" of salvation that accompanies the forgiveness of sins and are looking forward to the eternal "rest" of heaven, their souls are still in turmoil. Fearful and doubting, they seem to be continually burdened by life's problems. A closer look at their anxiety can reveal the reason for their distress.
Having never learned to rest in the Lord, they fail to experience the "quietness and confidence" Isa. An unknown author has penned a verse describing the problem:. We mutter and sputter, we fume and we spurt; We mumble and grumble, our feelings get hurt; We can't understand things, our vision grows dim, When all that we need is communion with Him! Don't let yourself become a victim of fruitless fretting. If you do, you'll lose the peace and joy that is your rightful heritage. Instead, set aside part of each day to talk with God, thanking Him for who He is and what He has done for you.
Then, by reading His word and believing His comforting promises, your faith will grow stronger and a supernatural peace will flood. Jesus said, "Come to Me,… and I will give you rest" Mt. Have you learned to rest in Him? Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. When we put our problems in God's hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.
The Red Baron and his counterparts in World War I flew planes that were not equipped with throttles for slowing down or speeding up. As you can imagine, constant full speed took its toll on the life of the engines, and takeoffs and landings were always an adventure. In contrast to those planes, Bob flew an aircraft with a throttle and a tough Lycoming engine that came with these instructions: "Takeoff power full power may be used for only a maximum of 5 minutes.
Trouble was ahead for those who ignored the warning. God did not create us to run at full speed all the time. We may race for a while with open throttle through our Christian lives, packing our time with one activity after another, but if we don't slow down occasionally we are headed for burnout or a crash landing.
During an especially busy time, Jesus urged His disciples to "come aside … and rest a while" Mk. We too need times of rest not only for physical renewal but also for spiritual refreshment through reflection, Bible reading, and prayer. Are you running at full speed? Let up on the throttle. If our body, soul, and spirit Are to function at their best, Time is needed for renewal— Time for leisure, time for rest. Each night you make sure each child is asleep before turning out the lights and locking the door. You can rest easy only when you know that the family is safe. Then that day comes when your oldest child leaves home.
Perhaps to college as our oldest daughter did. Maybe to a hitch in the military. Or just across town to an apartment. As much as you prepared for the day when it would happen, those first nights are the most difficult. Now when you lock the doors and turn out the lights, you no longer have the security of knowing where each child is. You no longer can rest quite as well--unless you trust God. In Psalm , David provided some comforting words that can help all of us who have to say goodbye to our children as they go out on their own. We cannot escape God's presence. He is with us, and with our children, wherever we go.
As a dad whose daughter is miles away at college, I'm encouraged that when God turns out the lights at night, He is checking on my daughter. Psalm says, "The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. I Am Redeemed by Fanny Crosby. I am redeemed, O praise the Lord; My soul from bondage free, Has found at last a resting place In Him who died for me. Then He made woman, and no one has ever rested since, beast, man, or God. I agree, it's probably a bit chauvinistic! I would not advise using it in your sermon! Meaning of the Unstrung Bow - According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys.
He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity. Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Tell us what the unstrung bows implies. The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. People are also like that.
Start by setting aside a special time to relax physically and renew yourself emotionally and spiritually. You will be at your best for the Lord if you have taken time to loosen the bow. A rest remaineth for the weary; Arise, sad heart, and grieve no more; Though long the way, and dark and dreary, It endeth on the golden shore. Sweet is the rest which thou shalt taste. With perfect love His heart is welling Who loved thee from eternity. Your home is with the blest.
Make haste, my soul, forget all sadness; For peace awaits thee, joy and gladness— The perfect rest is nigh at hand. Rest In Peace - A four-year-old and a six-year-old presented their Mom with a house plant. They had used their own money and she was thrilled. It was real pretty, but it was too expensive. Corrie Ten Boom. And speed the parting guest! The night draws on, though night and day are one.
Hudson Taylor learned that holiness did not come by striving but by resting in the Holy One of Israel. I am indeed proving the truth of that word, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. May He keep me ever thus, simply depending on Him for every blessing, temporal as well as spiritual. Howard Taylor. Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret. One of their warmest friends and helpers was the ex-Buddhist leader, who was a cotton merchant in the city. This Mr. Ni, though long resident in Ningpo, had never come in contact with the Gospel.
He was deeply earnest, and as president of an idolatrous society spent much time and money in the service of "the gods. I have traveled far and near, but have never searched it out. In Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, I have found no rest. But I do find rest in what we have heard tonight. Henceforth, I am a believer in Jesus. In great spiritual agony, I wandered out on the sands alone. And there the Lord conquered my unbelief, and I surrendered myself to God for this service. I told Him that all the responsibility as to the issues and consequences must rest with Him; that as His servant it was mine to obey and to follow Him, His to direct, care for and guide me and those who might labor with me.
Need I say that at once peace flowed into my burdened heart? Then and there I asked Him for twenty-four fellow-workers, two for each of the eleven provinces which were without a missionary and two for Mongolia; and writing the petition on the margin of the Bible I had with me, I turned homeward with a heart enjoying rest such as it had been a stranger to for months, and with an assurance that the Lord would bless His own work and that I should share in the blessing…. The conflict ended, all was peace and joy. I felt as if I could fly up the hill to Mr.
Pearce's house. And how I did sleep that night! My dear wife thought that Brighton had done wonders for me, and so it had. This last sentence, I think I now fully endorse. To let my loving Savior work in me His will, my sanctification, is what I would live for by His grace. Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power; … resting in the love of an almighty Savior, in the joy of a complete salvation, "from all sin"—this is not new, and yet 'tis new to me.
I feel as though the dawning of a glorious day had risen upon me. I hail it with trembling, yet with trust. I seem to have got to the edge only, but of a boundless sea; to have sipped only, but of that which fully satisfies. Christ literally all seems to me, now, the power, the only power for service, the only ground for unchanging joy. How then to have our faith increased? Only by thinking of all that Jesus is and all He is for us: His life, His death, His work, He Himself as revealed to us in the Word, to be the subject of our constant thoughts.
Not a striving to have faith … but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need; a resting in the Loved One entirely, for time and for eternity. We do not know just how the miracle was wrought; but, "As I read, I saw it all," Mr. Taylor wrote.
He was a joyous man now [Mr. Judd recorded], a bright happy Christian. He had been a toiling, burdened one before, with latterly not much rest of soul. It was resting in Jesus now, and letting Him do the work Ed: Read that sentence again! Whenever he spoke in meetings after that, a new power seemed to flow from him, and in the practical things of life a new peace possessed him.
Troubles did not worry him as before. He cast everything on God in a new way, and gave more time to prayer. Instead of working late at night, he began to go to bed earlier, rising at 5 A. It was the exchanged life that had come to him—the life that is indeed "No longer I. It was in blessed reality "Christ liveth in me. So great was the deliverance, that from that time onward Mr.
Taylor could never do enough to help to make this precious secret plain to hungry hearts wherever he might be. And there are so many hungry hearts that need such help today that we venture to quote at length from one of his first letters on the subject.click here
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It was to his sister, Mrs. Broomhall, whose burdens with a family which grew to number ten children were very real and pressing…. McCarthy, who had been much exercised by the same sense of failure but saw the light before I did, wrote I quote from memory :. Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.
As I read, I saw it all! I'll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me—never to leave me, never to fail me? The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how.
That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest position He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient. It little matters to my servant whether I send him to buy a few cash worth of things, or the most expensive articles. In either case he looks to me for the money and brings me his purchases. So, if God should place me in serious perplexity, must He not give much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength?
No fear that His resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me…. And now I must close. I have not said half I would, nor as I would, had I more time. May God give you to lay hold on these blessed truths. Do not let us continue to say, in effect, "Who shall ascend into heaven?
Nor should we look upon this experience, these truths, as for the few. They are the birthright of every child of God, and no one can dispense with them without dishonoring our Lord. The only power for deliverance from sin or for true service is Christ. And it was all so simple and practical!
We should never be conscious of not abiding in Christ. I change, He changes not; The Christ can never die: His truth, not mine, the resting place; His love, not mine, the tie. It was an experience that stood the test, as months and years went by. Never again did the unsatisfied days come back; never again was the needy soul separated from the fullness of Christ. Trials came, deeper and more searching than ever before, but in them all joy flowed unhindered from the presence of the Lord Himself.
For Hudson Taylor had found the secret of soul-rest.
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In this experience there had come to him not only a fuller apprehension of the Lord Jesus Himself and all He is for us, but a fuller surrender—yes, indeed, a self-abandonment to Him…. May God help you to live Christ before these little ones, and to minister Him to them. How wonderfully He has led and taught us! How little I believed the rest and peace of heart I now enjoy were possible down here!
It is heaven begun below, is it not? Oh, it is joy to feel Jesus living in you [he wrote to his sister, Mrs. Walker, on the same journey]: to find your heart all taken up by Him; to be reminded of His love by His seeking communion with you at all times, not by your painful attempts to abide in Him. He is our life, our strength, our salvation. He is our "wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. The secret of his own strength was not far to seek. Whenever work permitted, Mr.
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