Recover your life (Day 16)

imageAre you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

The word recover means to reclaim, to retrieve, to recapture, to regain.

To regain your rightful possessions and also to regain health: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.

To RECOVER YOUR LIFE.

As we read yesterday in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

LIFE to the FULL.

We live in a culture which often views rest as a sign of weakness but it is very much a signal of strength.

I love the New Living Translation of Psalm 23:2 “He LETS me rest in green meadows” – He gives me His total permission to rest when I struggle to let myself.

Rest is as unique as we are. To some it can mean a walk on the beach, for others a talk on the phone; for some it can be a lie down, for others it can be a catch up with friends; for some it means staying in with a good book or movie, for others it can be a work out at the gym.

REST is whatever “renews my strength” Psalms 23:3 NLT and “refreshes my soul” Psalms 23:3 NIV

But here Jesus says “I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

HOW?

Walk with me”

“Work with me”

“Watch how I do it”

“Keep company with me”

RESULT: “you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

We find real rest when we pursue His presence in everything we do.

In Mark 6:31 Jesus says to His disciples “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

This invitation still applies to us.

To Moses, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”” Exodus 33:14 NIV

David writes, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

Whatever way He restores, refills or renews you, give yourself permission to make space for that in the midst of busyness.

Respond to His invitation to “Come to me” and “Get away with me“.

Recover your life with real rest in His presence.

LET’S LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF HIS AMAZING GRACE.

Gratitude pulls His future into our present

image“Forgive our impatience” … A dear friend was just telling me how touched she had been by this prayer at an Anglican service last Sunday. It touched me too. I’ve struggled with impatience this week but the Psalms show that David did too.

“O lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O lord my God!” (Psalms 13:1-3 NLT)

I’ve been asking questions too. In fact I’ve been tempted to tell God what He should be doing! Like I know better than the Creator of the Universe, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the Almighty God!!!!

Joyce Meyer writes “There are times when God leaves huge question marks as tools in our lives to stretch our faith. It is difficult for human beings to give up reasoning and simply trust God, but once the process is accomplished, the mind enters into a place of rest.” (Battlefield of the Mind)

I’ve had to choose between entering that rest or deciding to resist by wanting answers to my questions NOW! That reminds me of Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.

He is good and I trust Him. God, you are always good and we can always trust you.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

IN all circumstances, not for all circumstances. We’re not thanking Him for the sickness or struggle, the heartache or hardship, but in spite of it. We’re not denying what we’re experiencing but we are grateful for His promises.

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but The Lord comes to the rescue each time.” (Psalm 34:19 NLT)

The preceding verses read
“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NLT)

We can rest in His rescue. We can enter a place of rest in the present because we can always trust that “The Lord comes to the rescue each time“.

After his barrage of questions, David concludes Psalm 13 in a place of rest.
“But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the lord because he is good to me.” (Psalms 13:5, 6 NLT)

Gratitude pulls His future into our present. His faithfulness and promises are keys for the doorway to gratitude.

Thank you Lord … You are my Father and I am Your beloved; nothing can separate me from Your love; You care for me; my hope is found in You; You are my strength and shield; Your mercies are new every morning; all I need for life is found in You; You make a way where there is no way; nothing is impossible for You; You are my spacious place; in You the hard pathways overflow with abundance and the desert places blossom with joy; You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; my cup overflows and I lack nothing!!

Which key verses open your door to gratitude? Please share them as they may unlock the door for someone else and help close the door to fear, anxiety, hopelessness …