Rest is essential to our health. Our mental health, our emotional health, our physical health. When we neglect to refuel, regenerate, reinvigorate our whole beings, we become more receptive to the enemy’s lies.
Such was the case on one faithful day several years ago when my husband and I set out for the mission field. We were ministering in Orlando, Florida during this time and that day was not starting out well for me. In fact, I was ready to throw in the towel. I was done.
Our first meeting was ministry for me. A few steps from our hotel, we met this beautiful family on vacation from Texas. We fellowshipped together, and at the end of our meeting, they gave us a handful of bookmarks. Printed on these bookmarks were scriptures.
They said we needed to make it a daily habit to read these scriptures. But they also stressed the importance of reading them every night as well. The thing that was intriguing to me about the scriptures printed on those bookmarks was that they were the same scriptures that the Lord had given to me down through the years (which He did inform me that I should quote them daily). The same scriptures! But, honestly, I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been in quoting these scriptures daily.
It was a lesson that I would have to learn the hard way because I was not taking the time to declare God’s Word over my life and rest in Him.
It can be challenging indeed, can’t it? The scripture says it this way:
This New Testament scripture is referring to the Israelites during their wilderness journey. They were experiencing God’s supernatural provision, and His word through the Prophet Moses, yet they refused to believe (and receive), God’s Goodness to them (they murmured and complained instead of trusting the God Who had brought them through the Red Sea on dry ground).
This is like unto anoxymoron that causes us to “come short of it” when we are not tapped into the leading of the Holy Spirit:
We are to work in that we may enter in God’s rest. Toiling. Toiling. Toiling. Trying to do something for God (or ourselves) in our own strength gets us down the road to a place of unbelief and discontentment as we continue to go around the same mountain year after year.
What causes us to receive a breakthrough anointing is when we come to the end of ourselves and let go and let God. Truly, it is a good thing to come to the end of onesrself and realize that without Him you can do nothing.
It is then that we are empowered to walk in the grace that He has provided for us to do everything that He has called us to do.
Pushing Past the Pain to Enter Into His Rest
Strength for the Journey
When you decide to walk towards what God has called you to do on the Earth, the enemy is not going to roll out the red carpet for you to do it. No. Quite the contrary. He will do everything that he can to hinder you, discourage you, and try to make you believe that you cannot do it.
What we need to sustain us during wilderness seasons and every other season is God’s Word. Speaking it, declaring it, believing it, and receiving it into our hearts so that we will be strengthened for the journey.
That’s what happened to me that day when I felt like giving up, caving in, and quitting! But God. Can somebody say, “but God”? But God sent His Word to me that day. And it was just what the doctor ordered. From that day to this day, I endeavor to make it my business to speak those scriptures over my life both day and night.
I got so excited thinking about one of those many powerful times that my God has shown up that I wrote a poem about it (well, really, the Lord gave it to me. Can I share it with you?
I felt like I was done I felt like the enemy had won I felt like I was wasting away The enemy had struck by day And by night I felt like I had lost the fight But then, The Lord sent me His Word And told me that I can win So from that time to this time I refuse to whine and complain about the pain that the enemy tries to throw in from of me No. I just speak these words of truth everyday and I say that You are my Shield to protect me from every fiery dart that the enemy wields against me Thank You Father for your loving arms that always protect me from all hurt and harm When I seek to obey and speak Your Word everyday
It Is Only A Test
God has prepared a place of rest for His people. When we pass through our wilderness seasons (a place of pain, preparation, purpose, and intimacy with God), we enter into a place of rest, after we have passed the test.
Our wilderness seasons provide many opportunities for intimacy with God and spiritual growth.
When I think back on it now, I realize that that situation was a test to “see what was in my heart.”
I did not know what the day would bring, but I embraced it and went out to fulfill God’s calling on my life. (And the rest, as they say, is history).
I do want to say that that was one long, hard, epic journey. Some may feel as if you have been in a long wilderness season. Please know that He has an appointed time to bring you out into His place of rest.
So don’t fret about it. Seek Him daily, as if your life depended on it, because it does.
I created a video using those scriptures that I told you about. And yes, I still quote them day and night, and I have never once felt as if I did not have the victory over every situation that has come my way. To God be the Glory!
God says that He will bring us through the fire and the flood, and we are not to think that these trials are going to take us out. No, my friend. Declare today in the face of your fiery test that “I shall come forth as pure gold”.
Rest in Him,