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Be Still then Go

COME APART OR YOU WILL COME APART 

John the Baptist had been beheaded for faithfully confronting Herod with his sin. The  disciples, despondent and fearful, came to Jesus for comfort. They were all emotionally drained and physically exhausted.  It was at that time, recorded in Mark 6:31, that Jesus invited them to come apart to a desert and rest awhile.  As has been said, There comes a time in our lives when we must “come apart or we will end up coming apart.” 

In God’s sovereignty, even when we are exhausted and feel we need to take a break or a vacation, God will often bring needy people into our lives.  That’s what happened here, just when the disciples were so busy.  No sooner did Jesus encourage His disciples to come apart for some rest and refreshments, when they found themselves surrounded by needy people again.  It was this way throughout Jesus’  ministry and it will be that way throughout our ministries,   Though we may not be able to escape pressures that cause stress; in the midst of it all, we can be still and know that God is in full control.  Our need is not as much for rest from responsibilities, as it is for a restful heart in the midst of our responsibilities.  

God sends us to the needy with the promise of His presence Matthew 28:19-20, ” go… and lo I am with you always.” He promises us His power Acts 1:8,”ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”   We are given the promise of His protection  II Timothy 4:17-18 “Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion and the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me unto His Heavenly Kingdom.”  Finally, we are given His promise of success. Psalm 126:5-6. “He that goes forth, weeping, bearing precious Seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” 

Let us be aware of those times when we feel worried, anxious, agitated, upset and burdened down with more than we can handle.  That’s a signal for us to be still, take time to get into the Word of God, listen to Him speak to us and cry to Him for help. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6-7  “be anxious about nothing, but in every situation by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God and the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep and guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

THE MOST WONDERFUL LESSON I EVER LEARNED AS A YOUNG CHRISTIAN 

I conclude this mini-series on learning to be still by calling  your attention to Hebrews chapters 3 and 4. I encourage you to take time to read and meditate on these two wonderful, life-changing chapters. Here the writer of Hebrews reminds us of Israel’s journey in the wilderness when Moses led them out of Egypt, headed to the land of Canaan which God had promised Abraham and his seed.  

As they neared the land at Kadesh Barnea,  Moses sent twelve spies to search out the land. The story is found in Numbers 13 & 14.  Ten of the spies returned with a discouraging report of giants in the land.  They advised the people to not attempt entering the land.  It was too dangerous.   Two of the twelve spies,  Caleb and Joshua, came back with an encouraging report. In spite of the giants, with God’s help they could enter the land which the writer of Hebrews refers to in Hebrews 3:11 and throughout chapters 3 and 4  as “My rest”. 

The lesson for Christians in these two chapters is that when God saves us, delivering us from the bondage of Satan.  His purpose is not to leave us wandering in a wilderness of defeat and despair, but to lead us on into a life of victory over sin.  He’s not referring to a life of sinless perfection.  That won’t happen until we are in Heaven.  Those who believe it is possible to live a life of sinless perfection in this life are deceiving themselves, we learn in  I John 1:8-10. Though we will not achieve perfection in this life, we can have hearts that are perfect towards God. II Chronicles 16:9 

The Christian life is described as a race in Hebrews 12  and as a warfare against Satan in Ephesians 6.   But Hebrews 3 and 4 teaches us that in this race and in this struggle we can enjoy the REST of the crucified life.  Here are the facts from Galatians 2:20  and Romans 6   

1. I have been crucified with Christ.  When He hung on that cross it was as though I was hanging there.  He hung there in my place. 

2. I have been buried with Christ.  When He was buried in the tomb it was as though I was buried with Him. 

3. When He arose from the dead three days later and left that tomb, it was as though I rose with Him to walk in resurrection power. 

This is the resting life that every Christian can enjoy even in the midst of the challenges and struggles of this life.   Spend as much time as it takes in  Hebrews 3 and 4  and Romans 6, Galatians 2:20 and II Corinthians 12:9.   Read them and meditate on them until you grasp the victorious life of rest that awaits you.   Then and only then will you be able to move forward through life on eagle wings talked about in Isaiah 40:28-31, accomplishing all that He has planned for you to accomplish and resting in Christ all the way.   That’s what it means to “Be still and know that I am God.”  My prayer for you is that you will enter this life of rest and victory by faith and discover what Paul was writing about in II Corinthians 12:9  “God’s strength in your weakness.”

December 8, 2006 - Posted by | Be Still

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