August 3, 2016

In everything, rest

Is your health not perfect, or maybe it is?

Rest.

Do you have a lot of money?

Rest.

Are you poor?

Rest.

Is your husband attentive, and kind, and godly?

Rest.

Is he not?

Rest.

Maybe some people, who are supposed to love you, don't?

Rest.

The heart of the redeemed soul, whose life is in the hands of Yahweh, will rest.

In the good, the bad, and the ugly, they rest.

Are they tempted to fret? Absolutely.

Is that a sin? Absolutely not.

Jesus was tempted to worship Satan.

In II Corinthians 11, Paul says that what he is doing, he will continue to do, and what was he doing?

Always giving the church a reason to believe, and he never put a stumbling block in from of them.

Never (II Corinthians 6:3).

Do you?

Are we unlike Paul, and did he have a certain "in" with God?

Was he a favorite, or something?

Is there any indication in Scripture that some people have abilities that others don't have when it comes to sin, and being a stumbling block, or are we taught that God is not a respecter of people?

Does God treat us all the same when it comes to salvation?

Through it all, the shipwrecks, and in knowing great danger, as well as great need, and abundance (Philippians 4), Paul knew the secret of being content in every situation.

What did he know?

It wasn't a "what."

It was WHO he knew, and in knowing God, he had strength in all situations, and he rested, and gave thanks, and there was no "fretting" in him, for whom the Son sets free (from fretting) is free indeed.

Are you free?

If so, then from what has God set you free?

Is it only in a few things, and from only certain sins, and if so, then because of your partial freedom, then are you free to go on sinning, and if so, then when will you be free indeed?

When does that happen in a soul who has been born new?

It is time to study.

It is time to know.

In all situations, can a soul be at rest, and kind, and loving, and how does that happen, and does it happen AT ALL through the discipline that one finds in meditation (as in yoga) or in anything that one can DO, and if so, then if a soul can DO it, then can they boast that they did it?

Where does the power to live free originate?

IF it is from God, then does he ever turn that ability over to the saved soul?

After salvation, and being made new, does he say, "It's up to you now."

Is your "goodness" anything at ALL to do with you?

IF it is ALL of God, then has the Son set you free?

If so, then from what are you free?

Scripture commands that we fret not.

If we are commanded to do that, then why do many Christians fret?

Is it their choice?

Can they not help it?

What does Scripture teach?

Do you know?

Are your prayers being heard?

Do you know that if you sin, then we are told that your prayers are not heard?

Do you think that because you cry when you pray, and because you "feel" something when you pray, then you are heard?

Is that how it happens that we are heard by God?

If you pray, then do you fret too?

How do you blend those two thoughts together?

Consider really knowing God, and asking what you would of him.

In knowing a good friend, let's say your BFF, and in asking her to meet you for lunch, and then asking her to spend the day with you. Would she?  Would you consider that she would blow you off, and ignore your request, and not attend to your needs as best that she could?

Your best friend forever would not do that.

And God is not simply an earthly BFF.

He created more stars in the heavens than grains of sand on all the shores.

Your BFF, and all the best friends forever combined, cannot create even one grain of sand.

And would you say that you know God, and yet fret?

If so, then consider how it is that you would encourage anyone to know God?

Why know him, if in the knowing of him, you still fret, and worry, and have no rest for your soul?

What difference does God make in your life?

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, 
what you will eat or what you will drink, 
nor about your body, what you will put on. 
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, 
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not of more value than they? 
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 
And why are you anxious about clothing? 
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: 
they neither toil nor spin, 
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, 
which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, 
will he not much more clothe you,
 O you of little faith? 
Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
 ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, 
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. 
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Matthew 6:25-34




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