Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

Having a great weekend means something different to everyone. No matter what your choice of activity might be, remember to relax and give your body a chance to rest from your week’s labors.

The best thing you can do to ensure you have an enjoyable weekend is to praise the Lord for His love, mercy and grace. And, even more importantly, for giving you life.

Have fun and be safe!

Why Is Sunday A Day of Rest?

In the creation story found in Genesis, God creates the world and everything in it. On the seventh day Genesis tells us that God rested. God gave us the seventh day to rest as well. Working around the house, going into the office for a few hours or fussing about some difficulty you are facing is not what God had in mind for us.

He wants us to take the day to nourish our body physically with rest and spiritually through worshiping Him. For some, “doing nothing” is hard to do but it is what God wants for us. I think you will find that by resting on Sunday, you will start your new week refreshed mentally, physically and spiritually and able to handle just about any challenge you might face.

To my way of thinking if it’s good enough for God then it’s good enough for me. What about you?

Are You Tired? God’s Rest Is There For You.

And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven.— II Thessalonians 1:7

It is helpful and hopeful that the Apostle Paul reminds us that our faith in Jesus Christ will one day be rewarded with rest. In this life many of us have received ill treatment for our faith. These times of trial and persecution are tiresome. They wear us out. The hope of a time of rest, the hope of a time of relief from all of it is encouraging. It helps us to hold on. It helps us to not give up. We may have troubles now, but the future is bright.

The promise of rest, however, is not exclusively a future reality. In the book of Hebrews it says, “So God’s rest is there for people to enter” (Hebrews 4:6). And already, by faith, we may enter into that rest (Hebrews 4:3).

Already, even in the midst of our trials and persecutions, our faith allows us to experience a rest of God that is a foretaste of the ultimate rest that is yet to come.

Where Do You Turn When You’re Weary?

Where do you turn when you are weary from the everyday tasks of living? Now that we are in the holiday season we can become tired and stressed. We all look forward to time with our family but even that causes one to be weary. So, where do you turn for relief?

In Matthew 11:12 Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” This is definitely good advice and should be embraced by all.

The next time you feel yourself overwhelmed with holiday activities and family visits take some time to be with the Lord. His word is true and will not let you down. You can count on it.

Where Do You Turn In Times of Trouble?

When you are faced with troubles of monumental proportions or even tiny ones for that fact, whom do you seek for help? If you are like most, your immediate thought is to ask a friend or family member for advice. Although their advice may be comforting, it still can be filled with inadequate information or wrong directions. It feels good but is it the right choice?

There is one best source for answers and guidance to all our troubles. Jesus Christ. When you need the absolute best answer to your situation turn to the one true God who created you, loves you and is always there for you. He never leaves you out in the cold. Jesus personally extends an invitation to you to let Him help you. In Joshua 1:5, God says, No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

In Matthew 11:28 He says, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What Jesus is saying here is that no matter what your problems are come to Him and He will help you. His help is so perfect that you will find complete peace and rest in His answer.

The key then to receiving Jesus’ help is to ask for it and then prayerfully wait for His answer. Waiting for His answer can be hard at times, especially if you need an answer right now. But, if you are walking in step with Him through a daily personal relationship, you will get your perfect answer at just the right time.

God is never late. He is always on time. When you are having troubles ask Him for His help and then, “Wait For It!” He won’t let you down. I promise.

Guarding Your Going Out and Coming In

Today is Wednesday. A day some people commonly refer to as “hump” day. Why do people see this day as an indicator the week is almost over? Is it because we have so many issues affecting our lives that we feel pressure to get things done before the weekend?

In Psalms 121, David, the great king, talks about the benefits of his relationship with the Lord. The psalm starts with him asking the question, “where does my help come?” and then he answers the question by saying, “my help comes from the Lord.”

In the remaining verses David talks about the peace he has in his life because he says, “God will not allow your foot to slip; he who keeps you will not slumber (24 hour protection); the Lord will protect you from all evil and will keep your soul. Finally, he says the Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from now and forever.” – emphasis added.

So, as you go through the remainder of this day and the rest of the week, you can be sure the Lord is there for you whenever you need him. He loves you so much that he doesn’t sleep so he can keep His eye on you. Rest easy. You are in the care and protection of our loving Lord and Savior.