the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17.
When we know we are righteous through Christ, we will experience peace, and peace will give us joy. Are you experiencing joy today? If not, do you believe you are righteous through Christ? That when He died, He gave you His robe of righteousness? That He took your place on the Cross? If you don’t, that is why you aren’t experiencing joy. Study and meditate on II Corinthians 5:21 today.
Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. – Luke 7:47.
How much has God forgiven you? If you say that He has forgiven you little, that you didn’t sin like other people, then you love God little. If you think that He has forgiven you much, you love God much. All of us have sinned. If we have broken one commandment, we have broken them all, according to the book of James. We have all sinned. We have all been forgiven–past, present and future. Remember that the next time you want to compare your list of sins to others.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – Proverbs 29:11 (NIV).
The more you talk, the more you are going to display your full emotions. Whether you are angry or sad, the more you talk, the more you wear your heart on your sleeve. This is fine if you are among close friends. Not so good if you are at work. Choose carefully who you will share your emotions with.
There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience. – Hebrews 4:9-11
Unrest is for the disobedient, the guilty. Rest is for the Believer. God calls us to enter His rest, which means that we are at peace in every situation. No matter what is going on, we are at rest because we know that our Father God is handling all the storms in our lives. And God tells us to labor to enter that rest because it is labor. Worries are always going to plague your mind, so you are going to struggle to at rest 24/7. God knows that. That’s why He asked you only to make the effort. And it will become easier as time goes by.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Instead of worrying, we need to pray, but the most important part of this Scripture is that we have to pray with thanksgiving. The peace of God comes when thank God for answering our prayers. Not just once. We need to pray, then continually thank Him for the answer.
It is the thanksgiving that is going to bring the manifestation of our prayers to life.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
When you are heavy-laden, when you are worn-out, are you supposed to handle it alone?
Does God say. “Oops! You are on your own”?
No, God wants us to come to Him when we are worn-out and heavy-laden, so He can give us what we need most–rest.
And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. – Mark 6:31
Jesus told His disciples to get away and rest. Many times we believe that working for God means that we wear ourselves out, doing what needs to be done. We think it means being on call 24/7, but Jesus told his disciples to rest.
If Jesus told them to rest, shouldn’t we heed His advice as well and get away and rest?