Posted by: judyhitson | February 10, 2016

Maturity in Christ through Rest in God by Judy Hitson

Psalm 62: 1-2 NIV 1Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

What does the word rest in God mean?

Do we go to sleep? No, it is not a time to sleep. Although I think of Elijah in the cave and realize it can be. I find rest in God relieves stresses of life, silences enemies of my soul and gives divine exchanges like peace for anxiety.

To hold steadfast in the LORD in this world, one needs to still himself in mind and spirit finding solace in God alone. This word came to me as I considered our key verse. It stunned me at first, yet stirred a desire to get hold of its truth in action. Living in days of terror and terror threats, we can find rest in God.

“Do not be afraid of sudden fear when it comes.” The words, “when it comes,” about popped off the page realizing sudden fear will come. Proverbs 3: 25-26 NASB Do not be afraid of sudden fear, nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught. Let us stand on God’s promises and allow our soul to find rest in God.

Negative thoughts come to cause us fear and doubt, rob our peace and joy, bring confusion and panic. We must refuse negativity and stand on God’s promises for our soul to find rest in God.
These negative thoughts are enemies of our soul (mind, will and emotions). Take them captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. 10: 5 and receive rest for your soul through God’s word and by His Spirit.

Following are verses and comments the Holy Spirit taught me on God’s rest. I invite you to consider them with the Lord for your life.

Matt. 11: 28-30 Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest…..
     I learned by the Spirit to take off my yoke that is hard and heavy and put on His yoke which is easy and light. It is a process relating to Christ, receive life by His Spirit and mature in Him.

Hebrews 4:10 NIV for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
Hebrews 4. An NIV Bible titled this chapter, A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God. I have tasted this rest and see in this chapter a depth to understand on rest God has for us. He can work through us as we rest in Him. My desire is to live out of this rest 24/7. How about you?

Psalm 37: 7 NKJV Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;…………
I expected this word was for the test I was experiencing, only to discover it is a life-long lesson.

The choice is ours to rely on God and find rest in Him or rely on self effort. As people of God we are not alone. He is there for us. Our soul finds rest in God.


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  1. Amen!


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