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October 2011

Something to Ponder on…

Whether or not you’ve thought about this, it is quite a concern of the daily Christian walk. Do you Sabbath? Now, today, when we say the word Sabbath, we either think of it being a Sunday Service or a Saturday like the Jewish Sabbath. However, when I say Sabbath, I am saying this: “Are you intentionally breaking the rhythm of your daily life, to relax and spend time with God without ‘work’ or ‘distractions’?” Are you sitting back reading a good novel, and thanking God that you are doing that? Are you sitting back and cheering on your favorite sports teams, and having fellowship with your family? Or are you constantly worrying over work, and daily tasks that are ‘piling’ up.
I think this is best illustrated another way…

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:38-42)
Therefore, I ask again, are you taking a Sabbath Rest? Are you dwelling at the feet of Jesus and enjoying your life there? Are you in peace with Him? Have you come to dwell and realize that there is nothing more fulfilling than just being with Jesus through a fun activity, like sitting at His feet?

I would love to caution us all, and remind us that we do need to take Sabbath rests…
Here’s another great person, who speaks it to far better than I do:
Biola Torrey 2011 Biola Torrey Part 2

Over Planning and too Self Reliant…

Scripture:
 Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your Heart and lean not on your own understanding”;
Romans 15:13 “May the Godof hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”;
Philippians 4:4-8 “ Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Part 1
Honestly, there is so much we need to grasp. I personally have been relearning to fully rely on God, because life is getting to be hectic and I am finding myself unable to keep up the pace. But this ‘keep up the pace’ also helps me to forget to trust in His plans. I know that He will have His way, and I need to be in line with that, so I must learn again to trust, wait, and pray with all joy and thanksgiving. But more importantly, I think myself, and all Christians, need to rest in the peace of God. This is the only place where God can fully work out His plan, because we are not being tossed about the waves.
Part 2
But we need to loosen our grips on our current plans. We need to daily pray to God and tell Him that we’re giving over our plans to Him, and then be obedient to it. If we go all ‘organized crazy’ we will miss the opportunities that God has for us, or we’ll blow past those God places in our lives. Plus, additional stresses will be added to our life because we’re doing our life through human effort.

Part 3
I believe all Christians need to recheck their thrones and see who is really sitting on them. Are you guiding your life, or is God?

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