July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 Karla’s Blog
I truly learned a lot from today’s lesson and do encourage you to read till the end. Mankind has a perconcieved idea of what a Christian is to do. So to rest in Him, many see as taking a time out to do nothing. A recharge of the batteries, type of situation. However resting in God is being reformed in His likeness and begin a new start of doing things the Godly way. We may try for years to fix a relationship,  or witness to a friend or family member that you just can’t bare to think of heaven without them. You want to share this amazing thing with them. Thus far your words are falling on deaf ears and they have a type of respect for your beliefs, but not willing to claim them as their own. Many times because they are not willing to give up the sinful life that they are enjoying for the unknown. Unsure if this God thing is real, but knowing the life they have made for themselves is what they have made it. A mother will never quit trying to reach those that she cares about. In that same fashion our Father God, will never stop trying to reach out to us SO that we can live a life lead by scripture, that is truly holy and not necessarily what man has translated it as. We can read a sentence once each month and depending on our mood and circumstance will translate it to mean something different each time. Biblical verses are often taken out of context, and so they alone will imply a complete different things. It is important we know the message surrounding the verse, so that we can truly understands what God was saying in its meaning. We can’t fight a battle with manpower but no wisdom behind it to truly let us know what it’s true meaning is. I truly believe that so many fight, war, and bring shame because of simple misunderstandings of what a verse truly meant.
This being said, when I think of someone resting in God, I think of them maybe in the middle of a thorough understanding of what God meant when they are in a prayerful place. We all truly want happiness. We want love and recognition for our efforts to do the right thing according to what Christ truly wants. In that same sense we seem to resist giving God all the attention that He so deservedly has earned. So many are saved and righted on our course just as a parent would a toddler that fell while still learning to walk. That toddler most certainly still needs that parents assist, just as we need that of God to step in and put us back on track when we waddle off base. We truly take our selves from what we first thought right and reevaluate and try harder to keep our selves on track. God is truly aware and He will bless us for our attempts to honor His Word and way. Once we get there we should try harder to explain God’s word to others and we will be richly blessed by His ways.
Thanks for sharing this important scripture and time with me today. I pray it touches your heart like it has mine. Please enjoy today’s devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:

…and to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest, if not to them who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. HEBREWS 3:18-19 What did God mean by calling it His rest? Not they enter not into their rest, but His own. Oh, blessed distinction! I hasten to the ultimate and deepest solution of the question. God gives us Himself, and in all His gifts He also gives us Himself. Here is the distinction between all religions which men invent, which have their origin in the conscience and heart of man, which spring up from earth, and the truth, the salvation, the life, revealed unto us from above, descending to us from Heaven. All religions seek and promise the same things: light, righteousness, peace, strength, and joy. But human religions think only of creature-light, creature-righteousness, of a human, limited, and imperfect peace, strength, and blessedness. They start from man upwards. But God gives us Himself, and in Himself all gifts, and hence all His gifts are perfect and divine. Does God give us righteousness? He Himself is our righteousness, Jehovah-tsidkenu. Does God give us peace? Christ is our peace. Does God give us light? He is our light. Does God give us bread? He is the bread we eat; “as the Son liveth by the Father, so he that eateth Me shall live by Me” (John 6). God Himself is our strength. God is ours, and in all His gifts and blessings He gives Himself. By the Holy Spirit we are one with Christ, and Christ the Son of God is our righteousness, nay, our life. Do you want any other real presence? Are we not altogether “ engodded,” God dwelling and living in us, and we in Him? What more real presence, and indwelling, awful and blessed, can we have than that which the apostle described when he said: “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”? Or again, “1 can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Or as the Lord Himself in His last prayer before His crucifixion said to the Father,’“I in them, and thou in me”? Thus God gives us His rest as our rest. ADOLPH SAPHIR
There are two stages in the Christian life. The one in which, after conversion, a believer seeks to work what God would have him do. The second, in which, after many a painful failure, he ceases from his works, and enters the rest of God, there to find the power for work in allowing the Father to work in him. It is this rest from their own work which many Christians cannot understand. They think of it as a state of passive and selfish enjoyment, of still contemplation which leads to the neglect of the duties of life, and unfits for that watchfulness and warfare to which Scripture calls. What an entire misunderstanding of God’s call to rest! Truly to rest in God is to yield oneself up to the highest activity. We work, because He worketh in us both to will and to do (Phil. 2:13). Entering into the rest of God is the ceasing from self-effort, and the yielding of oneself in the full surrender of faith in God’s working.

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