Have you ever felt like you were spiritually dried up, burned out or were just plain tired, so tired you felt like you’d lost the ability to think? While our workaholic tendencies can drive us to feel like we have too much to do to ever take a break, God actually designed us to do just that. Regularly. Especially those working in ministry. Whether we feel like we need it or not—and after all, doesn’t He know us and our needs better than we know ourselves? Here today to help us “embrace the rest” is teacher and author, Kathi McCarty.
Table Talk Notes
Relationship: Communing intimately w/Lord
Resting: the very literal sense and more ethereal sense (finding a place of rest in my singleness)
Reading: For pure, unadulterated pleasure ☺
Reinvigorating: my passion for my call as pastor, parent, friend
Restoring: body and soul.
Repairing: my home (no more leaky basement walls or mice!)
Reveling: fun things with fun people
Is 30:15 | “In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
Repentance: It’s a gift from God. It’s essential, not only to salvation, but sanctification as well.
Read: How to Experience Revival by Charles Finney
Signs tell us we need rest
Losing love for God
Neglect of Bible Reading
Neglect of Prayer
Lack of Concern for the Souls of Others
Love of the World & Material Things
A Critical Spirit
Lack of Seriousness Toward God
Rest: Calmly reposing on God for assistance and not seeking the alliance of Egypt (opposed to God)
When we rest (hide ourselves) in Jesus, there is no need to look elsewhere for our contentment, comfort or fulfilment.
The flesh/appetites/desires can cry out for attn. but our soul runs to Jesus. He is our strong tower.
Story of Charles Wesley
Saved: not just set apart for God but also free from the influence of Satan. We work out our salvation…
Saved, Secure & Strong…
Security: Freedom from the fears, dangers, threats—of the world AND Satan. We have an advocate/defender.
The discernment to know what is from the Lord and meant for our good (ergo to be embraced); what is from the enemy meant for our harm (ergo what is to be rebuked).
Is 7 | 3 And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub[c] your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 4 And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these twosmoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it[d] for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7 thus says the Lord God:
“‘It shall not stand, and it shall not come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
And within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you[e] are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.’”
True security & strength can only be found at the cross of Jesus Christ. He sees beginning from end…
Zeph 1:7 | Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near…
Hab 2:20;3:17+ | “For the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him…though the fig tree should not blossom, & there be no fruit on the vines; though the yield of the olive should fail & the fields produce no food. Though the flock should be cut off from the fold & there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, & He has made my feet like hinds’ feet & He makes me walk on my high places.”
Small truths can make a big impact. You can get out of your trials prematurely, but there will be a retest – and it will be more difficult. God loves us all unconditionally, but He does not love us all equally – He loves us all uniquely; what we face is for our specific good. What we need… The Lord will simply sustain us or He will cause us to thrive. The choice is ours. The Lord wants to speak to us more than we want to hear. The choice is ours. The Lord is our Shepherd…and we are His sheep.
When’s the last time you’ve gotten alone with God for more than a few minutes or even an hour?
Is it even a priority to do so?
Do you regularly give the Holy Spirit permission to “try me o God, see if there be any wrong doing in me.”
Do you even want to know what displeases your Father?
Ps 46:10 | “Be still and KNOW that I am God”