Return to Rest

snow

Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. –Psalm 116:7

I started listening to the wrong voice again.  I started doubting and spiraling into negative thoughts.  I was angry, frustrated and confused.  “Why?” I asked, “Why?”  I was tired and needed sleep.  I was sick and I was weak.  In this state it’s easy to let introspection take over and give way to all sorts of demonic influence.  If the Devil can turn our thoughts inward so that we start blaming ourselves then we give him control and he has won.  But he hasn’t won because it’s not your fault.  Your shame and your past are not a part of you anymore.  Your depression is not a part of you anymore.  Your addictions are not a part of you anymore.  You are a new creation in Christ Jesus.

For the longest time I have been seeking a “balanced faith”.  I even started writing a book using the tag line, “Finding a balanced faith…”  But the Lord has showed me that this is wrong.  The definition of balance is an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.  Sure, of course we want to be able to stand in our faith but it’s the even distribution of weight part that makes seeking a “balanced faith” completely wrong.  With trying to seek a balanced faith I have been playing a ”balancing act” between the world and my surrender to Christ.

Playing this balancing act makes us become the double-minded man spoken of in James 1:6-8.  Full surrender is the only way to peace.  If you’ve been asking for balance then you’ve been asking for the wrong thing.  Ask the Lord to give you the power to fully surrender yourself to Him.  Ask Him to give you the humility to surrender.  It’s what’s best for you.  Peace is waiting…  Peace is a person named Jesus.  But you cannot serve two masters. You’ve tasted His peace, now live in it.

But remember, words mean nothing unless there is power behind them.  The Bible means nothing unless the Spirit brings life to it.  It is not our doing, it’s Him.  He’s doing it now.  He’s pouring out His love to you.  We are designed for purpose and that is the longing inside you that guides you to the heart of God.  It is your destiny calling… He’s calling you home today so give in to Him.  There’s only one way to go and that’s up—from glory to glory.  The best is yet to come.

Join me in calling upon the Lord today and speak this Psalm to your soul.  Prophesy over yourself:

I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”

What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.

 Psalm 116:1-13

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Return to Rest

  1. nopew

    I appreciate the insight you have been given. We think of being balanced as a good thing, but that is a psychological model, not spiritual. As someone trained in both I never thought of them being contradictory, but on this point you have opened my eyes. Anything other than a focus on Jesus holds dangers. Thank you, and God bless you with a telescopic view of Jesus in the Celestial City!

    Reply
  2. juanrbalboa

    Great post! It reminds me of a quote I hear quite often, “all negative thinking is planted by the Devil.” And I enjoy your comment on “balance” — there is danger is looking at Good and Evil as equal and opposite forces. Good is clearly the better.

    Reply
  3. Cat

    I came across your blog when I Googled “non-judgmental Christian,” because I got so depressed seeing news stories about Christians making others feel hated (I think most Christians don’t, but popular culture tends to focus on the extremes). Looking through your blog, I love that you use scripture and aren’t afraid to say what you believe but are never unkind and never put your own opinion above God’s.

    I believe in God and in Christ, but I have always had a very difficult time surrendering, especially now when I’m going through a particularly rough patch. The more I resist, though, the more difficult everything becomes. Surrender is truly peace.

    Reply
    1. Justin Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! I pray that God would cover you with grace through this difficult season you speak about. Seek His voice in everything. God bless you.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s