We rest in Christ when we cease from our own works and trying to earn what can only be received by grace through faith. As we walk in Him, as we have received salvation, we also receive other blessings. In every situation we have to remember to let go and let God. We stop so God can start.
When we stop trying to convince our loved ones of the truth, God can start speaking to them. When we trust God with our family members and rest in His ability, He is able to step in and intervene. It’s when we finally stop trying to help God that we receive His help. It’s when we get out of His way that He is free to start what He had planned all along. It’s when we stop trying to figure everything out that truth becomes clear. When we are through with our own efforts, His power comes forth mightily.
We believe. We receive. We hear. We obey and we rest. He is the vine; we are the branches. We can hang in there, abide in Him and surrender all. Entering into rest becomes easier and easier as we keep reminding ourselves that it’s all about Him, not about us, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:10-11 “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.”
God’s ways are perfect and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His power miraculously puts things together that are beyond our understanding. When we give Him dominion in our lives, He moves in ways that are not our ways, but are always the best and most awesome ways!
When the prophets were preparing a larger place for them to minister, Elisha was leading them and demonstrated a principle of God’s ways that we are going to see in our lives in great measure. One of the prophets was cutting down a tree when his iron ax head fell into the water. Elisha asked him, “Where did it fall?” Elisha then cut off a stick and threw it in the area where the iron ax head had fallen. The iron ax head floated to the surface. In the natural iron cannot float. The area where it fell could be seen on the surface, but the specific place where it was could not be seen. The anointing of God was so strong it brought together what had been separated in a miraculous fashion.
God is moving in this same way today. Whenever we don’t feel we have a handle on what is happening, He is handling it for us. Whatever has been lost, stolen or destroyed–The Word of God and the Holy Spirit are calling it forth. What is ours in God is rising to the surface of our lives by the power of Almighty God. What has been unseen will be seen. When God brings divine alignment for His purpose, He causes things to be that only He can do. He creates what needs to be, and destroys what should not be. He is our King and He is watching over His word to perform it in our lives, in miraculous ways, from glory to glory!
2 Kings 6:5-7 “But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, ‘Alas, master! For it was borrowed.’ So the man of God said, ‘Where did it fall?’ And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, ‘Pick it up for yourself.’ So he reached out his hand and took it.”
As we stand side by side in unity, we experience the presence of the Lord in a measure never reached before. One reality we know: the Lord is on our side.
The Lord makes intercession for us. He is for us, not against us. He is our helper, comforter and shield. We are free from fear of whatever comes our way. With God on our side, every offense has to slide to the ground. The Lord leads each believer to trust His presence in the midst of whatever is coming from the outside. At times, we get battled from all sides but Christ is in the midst of every crisis. Hallelujah!
Often people come to us to share their disagreements with others; they seek our understanding, compassion and care by trying to get us on their side. There are three sides to every story: each party and the Lord’s side. We want to be on the Lord’s side pursuing peace, reconciliation and love. It’s wonderful to be on the same side as the Lord, and what a joy, comfort and amazing truth to know that He is on our side! He is our strength, and He makes our way perfect, from glory to glory!
Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Sometimes others forget what has been done for them. They only remember the most recent interaction. If we helped someone before and they ask us to do so again, the answer might be no based on our current situation. Their reaction shouldn’t be as though we never assisted them. They only remember the last no, not the previous yes. Even though others might forget, we should not, especially when it comes to God.
Does it ever appear God’s response to our requests is negative? Disappointment and anger cloud our perception. We don’t understand why God allows hurtful events. The way God works all things together for the good of those who love Him is not obvious at the time. Remembering how the Lord brought us out of difficult situations strengthens us to trust Him to do so, again and again.
As we recollect as far back as our salvation, we realize if He gave us eternal life, surely His answer to what we face exceeds our expectations. We know some of what the Lord has done, much we don’t know until after the fact, if at all. Recalling the goodness and faithfulness of God helps us to praise Him, from glory to glory!
Psalms 61:3-4 “For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.”
Going to the Lord for help should be our first response in any situation. However, it’s not always the first step we take. Our human tendency is to go to human help first, reaching forth to what is naturally seen. As we grow in the Lord, our divine tendency becomes the norm and the supernatural becomes the natural. We come to Him, first, quickly, with surety in our steps.
If we have marriage difficulties, we may think of going to a marriage counselor. If we have problems handling finances, we may look for a financial expert. If we have problems with our family or other relationships, we may reach for coaches, or other “experts.” All of these resources are valuable, but only after going to the Lord. The Lord uses various avenues to help us walk in our freedom and guides us accordingly, but His instructions differ from person to person. We are to come to Him first, expecting His healing touch and trusting His Lordship.
Every difficulty we encounter can become a heavy weight if we don’t go to the Lord first. One way we can know we need to do so, is when we feel heavy laden. Our Lord’s burden is light; His yoke is easy. He bore our weaknesses on the cross. He is alive today to carry our burdens. We go to the Lord first and we find rest for our souls, from glory to glory!
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”