Did you know that sometimes we just need to rest? Perhaps I should say rest in the Lord. Resting in the Lord is not resting from your daily work or physical exhaustion. No, Rest means silencing all our racing thoughts, worries, and concerns, and turning them over to the Lord. In this rest we completely depend on the Lord’s plan and provision even if the world is spinning out of control around us. This is why we must wear the world as a loose garment. Our armor of God is tailor-made, but the things of this world are oh so fleeting.

As believers we have fought so many battles; and in fighting those battles still tried to be so many things for so many people. But we are not God! He is the only one that is Almighty and Omni-present.

Even Jesus took the time to get away from the crowds to pray. (Luke 6:12 NKJV) And king David was given a rest from all of his enemies for a season.(2 Samuel 7:1a NKJV)

As warriors for the Kingdom, we cannot continue fighting the good fight of faith and be effective. We must give our wounds time to heal. You know, the wounds of rejection, distress, troubled perplexities, numerous sorrows, disappointments and betrayals. We cannot overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony, if we are too weak to do it. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV) These wounds must be cleansed and bound. The balm of Gilead has to be applied. (Jeremiah 46:11 NKJV) Otherwise, the battles we fight will consume us, and we will find ourselves being carried off the battlefield on a stretcher; instead of advancing forward.

For in due season we will reap if we faint not.

It is imperative to rest. Without rest spiritual warfare becomes grueling spiritually, mentally and physically. Chronic sickness in your spirit will manifest in the physical. We cannot get weary in well doing. For in due season we will reap if we faint not. Therefore we must enter into God’s rest. In His rest we will find restoration, rejuvination, revelation, greater strength and a reflection of His goodness. He tells us, “For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord…” (Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV)

I pray you take the time. Make the time. You must shore up your armor or too many cracks will expose you to the enemy. None of us are perfect and yes, we stumble and fall. But in those moments of falling we should use to fuel our desire to go deeper in God, the Blacksmith of our armor. Go on a weekend sabbatical, a mini vacation, a retreat or just take a walk on the beach. For some reason I find communing with God by the ocean a very rewarding experience. You can find such peace and wisdom there.

Jesus lovingly invites us…“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)

Be still…you need time to heal.

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May the blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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