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LEARNING TO REST

Almost 13 years ago I was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disorder.  It was a very  challenging time in my life, but at the same time I had never felt closer to Jesus.  It was so bad there for awhile that my wife had to help me out of bed.  Everything hurt and things seemed very hopeless.  

In this blog today I would like to focus on one of the main things that Jesus taught me during this time and that is to rest.  The Holy Spirit gave me this Scripture here in Matthew when Jesus was asleep in the middle of the storm.

Mark 4:35-41
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”  NIV

Out of this the Holy Spirit told me, “You can overcome any storm that you can rest in.” Jesus was not overwhelmed by the storm the storm was overwhelmed by the Prince of Peace.  Jesus had authority over the storm because He was resting in the Word of God. He really believed that they were going to the other side so He simply rested in that truth.

When we are trying to believe, we haven’t entered God’s rest.  Jesus wants to move us from trying to trusting because when we believe we are completely at rest in Him.  Living by faith is not a struggle -it’s rest

Jesus started really changing my life as He was teaching me about rest.  

There are so many benefits to resting in Jesus. One benefit is revelation. 

“Revelation is given to those who are in rest.”  James Jordon

Jesus wants to give us a revelation of Him in the middle of our storms and circumstances.  Check out this promise…

Matthew 11:28-30 
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  NIV

Rest comes into our lives when we come to Jesus.  He wants to give us His rest.  A “yoke” was considered a rabbi’s teaching.  Jesus is saying, take my teaching to heart and apply it to your life.  Learn how to live like Me.”  When we do, we will find rest for our souls (mind, will, and emotions).  How would you like some rest in your thoughts, the decisions you make, and in your emotions?  How would our lives be different if we had this kind of revelation?

No matter what you are going through today you can find rest in Jesus.  My prayer for you today is that you find supernatural peace and rest that comes from knowing Jesus.

Jesus teach us to pray and rest in your perfect love.  We come to You today to find rest for our souls. Bring rest to our thoughts and the decisions that we need to make. We speak peace to our emotions.  Jesus help us to live by faith and the Holy Spirit.  We put You first in our lives today.  We worship You Prince of Peace.
 
PASTOR RANDY HENDERSON

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SEASONS

These last few days have been a Spiritual training ground for me – a unique opportunity to “understand,” if you will. The Lord has been showing me things that I’ve never seen before, and He’s taking me on a journey that’s growing my endurance. 

Last night I had the urge to find out what season I’m in. I looked online this morning & found a lot of opinions. The Lord reminded me of His Word, and I remembered this specific Verse: “For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

I believe it is vitally important that ALL believers know what season they are in; for their sanity and for the enhancement of The Kingdom of Heaven. 

Example: If someone’s truly in a season of sowing, yet he “thinketh” he’s in a season of harvest, that person will see an overwhelming growth of frustration, confusion and pain. And the opposite, if a man is in a season of Harvest, yet he thinks he’s in a season of planting, he will miss out on the fruits of his labor, therefore rendering his work to be in vain. Let’s get a little more practical. When you’re at the beach, you wouldn’t wear a fur coat, a face mask and warm winter gloves. When you’re snow skiing in Colorado, you wouldn’t wear a bikini and swim shorts. You would dress accordingly (I hope).

So what exactly are the Biblical seasons? I’d love for you to take a moment to put this article down, pick up your Bible and turn to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. There you will find a few different seasons. An article I read on different Biblical seasons quotes, “In the Bible we have no reference to spring or autumn; the only seasons mentioned are “summer and winter” (Genesis 8:22; Psalms 74:17; Zechariah 14:8). Winter is the season of rain lasting from November to May. “The winter is past; the rain is over” (Song of Solomon 2:11). Summer is very hot and rainless. “(When) the fig tree …. putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh” (Mark 13:28); “The harvest is past, the summer is ended” (Jeremiah 8:20).” These two points should make it easier to understand what Season we’re in. 

How long should you expect to be in a season? (Those of you reading this in a winter season are probably anxious to hear this answer). The allotted time due to each season is totally dependent on The Lord. Let’s put this into perspective. In the book of Genesis 37 we first see Jospeh, Jacobs 2nd to youngest son. Joseph was sold into slavery around age 17. He became 2nd in command over Egypt around age 30, some scholars say. During a span of 13 years, give or take, Joseph was in and out of prison. Genesis 39:4 tells us, “…he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.” A few verses later, we see Joseph thrown right back into prison: “…So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.” Jospehs “winter” season lasted a lot longer than we’d like ours to be. Each individual season depends on The Lords Purpose and our obedience to the Lord. 

Each and every one of us is in a specific season. Prepare yourselves, but most importantly, trust The Lord in EVERY season!
 
PASTOR ZACH GADDIS

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WHAT DO I HAVE TO GIVE?

I love bold faith. I earnestly pray for it. I suppose that is why I love the story of Peter and John in Acts 3. Jesus had told His disciples that it was good that He was going because when He did He would send Holy Spirit. We see in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came that the disciples were filled with boldness and power. They went from hiding out, to bolding proclaiming Jesus Christ. The power of God was evident! People were healed, saved and delivered! 

“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John. Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him.” Acts of the Apostles 3:1-13 NLT

Few key things Holy Spirit Highlighted to me about Peter and John:

  1. Fully devoted, consistent in prayer. 3x a day was the custom. Battles are won in prayer prior to the actual encounter. 
  2. They were sensitive to Holy Spirit. They had passed this guy everyday 3x a day but this day was different. As they were going through the daily routines they were listening to Holy Spirit. 
  3. They Knew who they were and what the had to give! 
  4. They walked in confidence because they had faith knowing and believing that Holy Spirit was with them, in them and would flow through them! Peter said “Look on us” When you know who and whose you are you will know what your called to do. 

God is a rewarder of those who seek His presence! (Hebrews 11:6)

The presence of God does not rest on ministries it rests on fully devoted followers surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Yes, there is favor on ministries, but the presence, the anointing is on the believer, not the title of a ministry but a person, and John and Peter knew this, that is why we they said look on us! Allow God to plant this deep inside. To be aware of Him, wherever I am He is there with me. Acknowledging this truth awakens me to the reality of the present presence of the Spirit of God inside of me. Now with confidence I can say to those in need “I will give you what I have” 
 
PASTOR TONYA PAYNE

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