If you want to rest in the Lord, you must first cast all of your cares (worries, reasoning, and anxieties) to Him! I Peter 5:7 tells us, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” The author of Hebrews mirrors this by instructing us to cease from weariness. “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest of God, to know and experience it for ourselves.” Now then, our definition of resting might be slightly different in terms of not doing anything. Resting is not about being lackadaisical. Resting, exegetically speaking, is when an action is taken between you and God. It is a partnership that you develop with Abba Father. It is entering into Abba’s rest and casting your burden(s) on Him. For example when you are feeling discouraged, get still in prayer (Psalm 46:10), and tell Abba Father that you trust Him to move swiftly and strategically on your behalf. Simply put, in order to experience God’s rest we must a.) cast your cares, release your burdens (Matthew 11:28), b.) surrender your will (Matthew 16:24-25), c.) know that you’re loved (I John 3:1), and d.) place your hope in Jesus (Ephesians 1:18). The only thing that supersedes fact is faith! I know some of you are saying, “What does that mean?!” Let me put this way; Fact is COVID-19 is wreaking HVAOC across the globe but my F.I.G. (FAITH IN GOD) reassures me that HE IS BIGGER and HE WILL put this thing to bed within the appointed time! With that said, we have to find balance in what we are feeding our minds! It’s always a best practice to step away from the chaotic noise circulating on social media platforms and through local/national news broadcasts! Beloved of God, in this season you have to stay prayerful and if you haven’t already, install the YouVersion app and start reading God’s word daily. Ephesians 2:8-9 is a great scripture that says we’re saved by grace through faith. And we walk out our relationship with God and His plans for our lives the same way we receive salvation: by grace through faith. This gift is only offered to us because Jesus made the perfect sacrifice for us when He gave His life, taking our guilt and condemnation and paying for our sins. Through a personal relationship with Jesus, we access God’s divine grace and rest so that we can do what He’s calling us to do. Augustine put it this way, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”


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