Friday, June 26, 2009

Ahhhhh.......Rest 1

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Are you tired? Tired of carrying the burden of suffering? Tired of carrying the burden of anxiety, fear, and depression? Tired of carrying the burden of trial? Jesus says, "Come to Me..."

Why can you rest in God? Really rest....

1. You can rest in His SOVEREIGNTY. He is absolutely in control of every single molecule, person, ruler, event, and circumstance in the entire created universe.
a. Colossians 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

2. You can rest in God's GOODNESS. Not only is He sovereign - in control, He is good.
a. Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

3. You can rest in God's UNCHANGING CHARACTER.
a. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

4. You can rest in His PLAN AND PURPOSE for your life.
a. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
b. Romans 8:28-30 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

5. You can rest in His LOVE for you.
a. Isaiah 54:8 "... with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the LORD, your Redeemer.


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