Rest

rest-af2Samuel 7:11:  And even from the time that I commanded judges to be over My people of Israel, so will I cause you to rest from all your enemies. Also Jehovah tells you that He will make you a house.

Rest is not only the will of God for you, you also have the mandate of getting others to experience rest, to show them the way to it. After you have come to Christ as the source of your rest; and someone prays: teach me your ways oh Lord and I will walk in your truth (Psalm 25:4, 86:11); you may be the answer, the appointed teacher, God’s answer to them.

Have you experienced liberation it may be in preparation for the manifestation of God through you in liberation for others? You have it, so that you can give it. The presence of God in your life is for you to be a channel for people to experience Him.

Paul had a revelation in the book of acts that a man from Macedonia said come and help us (Acts 16:9-10). He became the answer to their need. You are being packaged as a help to a generation. When you touch a life you touch a generation. Your seemingly innocuous life-impacting action reverberates for eternity.

You need to have a better valuation of yourself. Jesus told his fear-laden disciples that they will be his witnesses to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8), after only three and a half years of training.

Jesus asked the disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest. This is on the heels of his ministering to a woman at a well, leading to ministering to a whole town. The response was phenomenal to his ministry. He observed that the opportunities were there to impact lives but God needs to send labourers into his harvest. The labourers are those who have received the truth and are therefore able to give the same to others, according to their capacity.

You are in the house of God, and are meant to bring other in, point others to the door (John 10:7, 9), Jesus. Whatever God has placed in you, it is also for the benefit of others. You are a point man to reaching others just as Abraham was. The covenant of God with him captures his generations. His obedience to God has a timeless effect, just as yours will too.

The Holy Spirit that the apostles received was to make them witnesses (Acts 1:8), it wasn’t just for them to fulfill a religious obligation, it was to equip then with divine vision as they embark on changing the world, it was to aid then with divine tools of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, to establish the superiority of Christ where ever they go.

Unlimited grace is available for those who will push the envelope, move away from their comfort zones, to establish the kingdom wherever they are. What we need is a vision beyond ourselves, making the glory of God on our lives to affect people everywhere, so as to save some.

When the children of Israel were to conquer Canaan, certain tribes had been given inheritance, on the other side of Jordan, but the men of those tribes, who can go to war, were under strict instruction to not settle down in their inheritance until they have helped others to enter into there’s (Number 32:20-32).

It is your call also to help others come into their own rest, as you have come into yours.  It is time to look away from your own needs and focus on meeting the needs of others. Paul said concerning some people that they care only for themselves and not for the things of the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:19-21).

He added in another place: let no man look only to his own things but also to the things of others, citing Jesus as our example (Philippians 2:4). Jesus’ life was sown entirely for the purpose of producing new life in us, helping us in our relationship with God.

His manifestation is to destroy the works of the devil in our lives (1John 3:8); He is all about helping us. He saw the crowd as sheep without shepherd and he had compassion on them (Mark 6:34).

Eventually he said: come unto me all you that labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30).  But after you have come unto him and experienced rest, you should call others into rest in him also. After Philip met Jesus, he called Nathaniel to come and experience the same thing (John 1:45-51).  The bible says: come taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

The whole of the bible is one big invitation to experience God.

David said that his destiny is to proclaim the name of the lord and declare his faithfulness (Psalm 71:11-24, 40:10, 89:1), to invite people to share in his experience of God.

Jesus met a Samaritan woman at the well. After she had an encounter of a lifetime with him, she went into the city and invited others to come and meet the One, the Christ (John 4:1-43).

Peter, when he was healing the lame-from-birth man at the beautiful gate of the temple, he said what I have, I give you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Act 3).

He helped him experience rest in Jesus in the area of his body. After the miracle of healing, the man was leaping and shouting because he could not contain his joy; he cannot believe what he was seeing about himself.

He didn’t wake up that morning thinking that he was going to walk today.  He wasn’t expecting that kind of change. He had probably mapped out a life for himself that includes being a perpetual beggar because of his disability. There was no end in sight for a normal life, like most people have; he had resigned to his fate, and has probably embraced his limitation. But he was shown that in Christ, no case is closed, no issue is untouchable, no disaster irreversible, nothing is impossible.

God does not panic because he knows the end from the beginning. Once we know that, it is our responsibility to bring others to the same realisation, that God have everything in his control, that all things work together for good to them that love God  and are the called this purpose (Romans 8:28).  We can rest on that.

 

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