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PostSubject: February 17, 2010   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:18 pm

Finding the Rest of God










































February 17






Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not
permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and
unsettled.]
John 14:27

Concerning entering
God's rest I would like to say this: There is no such thing as "the rest
of God" without opposition. To illustrate, let me share a story I once
heard involving two artists who were asked to paint pictures of peace as
they perceived it. One painted a quiet, still lake, far back in the
mountains. The other painted a raging, rushing waterfall which had a
birch tree leaning out over it with a bird resting in a nest on one of
the branches.

Which one truly depicts peace? The second one
does, because there is no such thing as peace without opposition. The
first painting represents stagnation. The scene it sets forth may be
serene; a person might be motivated to want to go there to recuperate.
It may offer a pretty picture, but it does not depict "the rest of God."
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and
bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you." (John 14:27).
His peace is a spiritual peace, and His rest is one that operates in
the midst of the storm—not in its absence.

Jesus did not come to
remove all opposition from our lives but rather to give us a different
approach to the storms of life. We are to take His yoke upon us and
learn of Him (See Matthew 11:29). That means that we are to learn His
ways, to approach life in the same way He did. Jesus did not worry,
and we do not have to worry either!



From the book New
Day, New You:
365 Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce
Meyer. Copyright ©️ 2007 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All
rights reserved.
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PostSubject: Re: February 17, 2010   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:20 pm

I love you Jesus and thank you for all you have done for me. Through
your death and resurrection you have made it possible for me to have
forgiveness for all I have done wrong and to look to a future full of
hope. You have promised to be with me every step of my life. Thank you.
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