The Rest of Faith (1 of 4) "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down.". Psalms is full of David's battle to find that resting place. In fact he had many difficulties, many pressures and set backs, many kinds of obstacles, all kinds of challenges, but he said: I'm never lacking, because God is my provider and my source. In other words, he came to rest inside, in God. The kingdom of God is about rest, not works. He that's entered into rest, has ceased from his own works.
The Rest of Faith (2 of 4) Jesus said: If you're stressed out, come to Me. He didn't say: this is the solution, steps 1-3, how to get out of problems. He said: the answer is a person, your connection with a person, connecting with Him and learning. Technology doesn't solve problems, because the problems we really face, the core of them, are found in the heart; and in our walk with God. The reason He can teach you how to do life, is because He has an attitude of meekness, humility; and He gave an example of how to do life.
The Rest of Faith (3 of 4) Stress and pressure are part of our life. Jesus has given some clear things about how we can deal with it. When you're stressed out, anxious and uptight you don't live your best and not only that, you find that you struggle in your relationships. There's overflow in your health. Things are not good when you're living like that. God doesn't intend us to live that way. Let's have a look what Jesus said.
The Rest of Faith (4 of 4) "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" so rest is a peace in our heart, in spite of the turmoil around us. We're living in an age which is in turmoil, and people are anxious and fearful, stressed out; and the Bible tells us that rest is a gift to us. It's an experience you can come into, when no matter what's going on around you, you can still be at peace in your heart, and this is something God gives to us. It comes out of His presence being with us. It also comes out of learning how to let go issues to Him, and this is a great thing for us to be able to walk in. We're called to bring peace into wherever we go.
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