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Spiritual Fruit Begins with Spiritual Rest

Spiritual Fruit Begins with Spiritual Rest

rest2Jesus said He would give rest to those who were weary and heavy laden. Spiritual rest is not lying down to take a nap. God didn’t rest on the seventh day because He was tired. His rest was a cessation of labor.

Rest is the opposite of work or striving; it is found in relationship with God through Jesus. Resting in Him is peace, joy, healing, provision. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). Spiritual rest is Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith. Heb. 12:2.

The Christian life is not a life of working but of dwelling in Him. As we dwell we become transformed into His image, being changed by His glory.

The “Rest” is The Kingdom of God

The ‘rest’ in Hebrews refers to the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33).

We learn to rest in God by conforming our mind to His through His Word. This is why His Word is the most important thing we teach with our children daily. There is a work involved to enter the rest.

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Heb 4:12

god strength refugeThe labor to enter the rest is a labor of love, spending time in God’s Word renewing our mind, little by little daily.

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:13.

Knowledge of God

Spiritual rest––and come to think of it, all spiritual fruit–– begins with the knowledge of God (knowledge of His Word). Faith begins with knowledge.

The more time we spend in the Word, the more we reap from the Word. The more time we sow the Word in our children’s hearts, the more spiritual fruit will be evident.

Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. (Mark 4:24)

God has wonderful promises in store for us when we spend time getting to know Him. Personalize these verses from 2 Peter 1:2-4 : God has given [your name here], through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord… exceedingly great and precious promises that [your name here], can be a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world…

God promises us a new spirit and victory over flesh when we walk in His ways. Personalize these verses from Ezekiel 11:19-20. And I will give [your name here] one heart, and put a new spirit within [your name here]. And I will take the heart of stone out of [your name here]’s flesh and give [your name here] a heart of flesh, that [your name here] may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them…

Do you have trouble entering his rest?

 

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8 comments

  1. Awesome Sabbath reading!

    Thank you, sister!

  2. Wonderful reminder!

    I just wanted to chare a further thought regarding this: “The more time we spend in the Word, the more we reap from the Word. The more time we sow the Word in our children’s hearts, the more spiritual fruit will be evident.”

    You’ll recall from John that the Word became flesh…thus the more time we spend with Christ, who is now dwelling in us, the more we become like him. Likewise, the more our children spend with us, the more they become like us. If we are living lives of peace and joy and contentment and exhibiting the other fruits of the spirit, our children will be living that as well. You find rest in being in relationship with Him.

    Peace!

  3. Hello!
    I read your post and am also a home schooler. I had been sitting at the computer and had watched a video about inner healing (Kathi Oates) on Sid Roth’s website. The woman in this story was a a pastor’s wife whose marriage looked great and wonderful on the front page, but when you opened the book, the story was about strife, anger, and arguing. Her marriage was in such turmoil because of her attitude that finally, she got help.
    She learned by revelation that she had never embraced “fat Kathy”, a little girl who represented herself. When she did that, she embraced a part of herself that she had rejected.
    I fell asleep after that and had a dream. I was in this huge shopping center and couldn’t find my car. The people in this shopping center were nice, but I still couldn’t find my car. I continued looking and i found a beautiful chapel and a wedding was taking place. While I was watching the wedding,I heard a voice say, “Marriage is a picture of rest”. It was an anointed voice that said this and I woke up feeling joyful.
    I went on the internet again to look up marriage and rest. I found your post.

  4. Wanita Panza

    Sweet posting! We celebrate and honor Sabath. As I stop and look around me, I see that our children are not “gospel hardened” rebellious teens as most we see in the churches are. Our children LOVE Sabath times togother, they dislike the carnival of curch we see…and we have seen much. We love the brethren but grieve at the “church machine” they think they must keep turning…the buildings, the jobs, the boards, programs, BLEK!!!! Some good comes granted, but we see fruit in our children and when I examine the children of the elders, the pastors, the boards of EVERY church in the past 10 years……..nothing…..I mean NADDA has produced fruitful children beyond a shallow shallow crop. Maybe we should stop playing and start examining why. Of course, then we must deal with the REAL issues: we have to ask HOW to provide for people’s salaries?!

  5. Great article. I wrote about the Fruit of the Spirit on my blog yesterday as well ~ it must be evident in our lives!

  6. angela

    I just wanted to say God bless you! I came across
    your sight ths morning and started reading, going on four hours! I feel truly touched! I was seeking comfort and answers and I know God lead me here! I feel peaceful and ready to start a new day! you have given me a lot to think about and for this I thank you!

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