This is what my spirit keeps hearing.
Enter into my rest. Live out of my reservoir of joy. Peace. Ability.
“What’s it mean Lord? How do I do that?”
I picture myself falling backwards into a large pool of water. Under the water is the sound of peace. The water engulfs me. I’m not afraid. I float to the top. All is good. And I’m at rest. I’m refreshed.
“What’s it mean Lord? How do I do that?” I question as the pain in my shoulders increase.
Do you trust me?
“Yes Lord, but I’m very much on this earth. My feet are in the dust. My friends’ feet are in the dust. There is so much pain. So much strife. Life is so hard.”
Enter my rest. It’s supernatural. Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden in light.
I prayed one day a few weeks ago for Jesus to become so real in my life, His love so tangible, that when people saw me, the presence of Jesus would ooze out of my skin. I would not have to try to convince anyone of Jesus’ reality, but His reality would be obvious in me. I think this prayer started this word from the Lord about His rest. His reservior.
Then I read today of Paul going into the synagogues to “reason” with the people trying to persuade them of Christ. So then I thought, “Well, if Paul had to reason….”
Maybe you have to have both. But I’ve never been a debater. I do better in the agreeing arena. So my prayer is still to have the presence of the Holy Spirit oozing out of me as I live out of His Rest. His Riches. His peace even when the future is unknown.
Entering His rest is a choice. The choice is the effort. The rest is His.
I want to invite you to join me as I continue to seek His rest. I don’t mean I’m going to be eating bon-bons all day, lying on the couch. I want to be productive, but if I try to be productive out of my own strength, I will not get very much done. If I share the gospel out of my own brain, it will not reach any one’s heart. I want to live out of the supernatural yet in this skin.
May I pray for us?
We are all busy. Life has thrown many curves our way. Thank you Jesus! We need you! Help us live out of your rest. Your unsearchable riches of Christ. They are for us. Our lives are the testimony. Ooze out of us. Take away our striving. Help us live out of You. Amen.”
I’m wondering what this will look like for you. As God gives you visions or His peace becomes reality will you share with us? Encourage us with the work of the Spirit in your life.
A better prayer:
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power , together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (until it oozes out of you!) Ephesians 3:16-19