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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Three Words of Rest: An Invitation to the Weary

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Many of us live without truly enjoying spiritual, emotional, and sometimes even physical rest. Here in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we are finding ourselves forced to take a different pace. 

For some, the change of pace has actually increased stress levels—whether that be from risking exposure to the virus as a first responder or an essential worker, homeschooling children while working from home, or simply fighting boredom with nothing to do but sit at home and wait for the pandemic to pass. 

Whatever the source of our stress, however, Jesus offers true rest:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—Matthew 11:28–30

Most of us who have been Christians any length of time can quote these verses, but how often do we really take Christ up on His offer? We complain of fatigue, burnout, overload, exhaustion, and boredom. But do we accept Christ’s invitation to rest?


We complain of fatigue, burnout, overload, exhaustion, and boredom. But do we accept Christ’s invitation to rest?
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Where can you find rest and renewal when the stress keeps mounting and fear abounds? In Jesus.

Jesus’ offer can be broken down into three words:

Come.

Take.

Learn.

Come—Stay in the Way of the Lord

Jesus’ offer—Come—is an invitation to a better way.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.—Isaiah 55:8–9

Proverbs 13:15 plainly says, “the way of transgressors is hard.” In contrast, Jeremiah 6:16 points out that God’s way is “the good way,” and He instructs us to “walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”

Think about it: Jesus invites us to come to Him and promises rest.

If you are following Christ and find yourself worn and frazzled and empty, it could be that you haven’t been experiencing the renewal that comes by time in His presence.


If you are following Christ and find yourself worn and frazzled and empty, it could be that you haven’t been experiencing the renewal that comes by time in His presence.
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Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.—Psalm 37:7

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.—Psalm 46:10

Christ’s offer to rest begins with an invitation to Himself. “Come unto Me.” The deepest, most satisfying rest we will ever find is in Christ Himself.

  • Rest comes when we receive Christ as our Saviour and enter into His eternal rest.
  • Rest comes when we lean on Christ.
  • Rest comes when we stop worrying and start trusting.

Take—Stay in the Work of the Lord

Christ’s rest is not the rest of no yoke but the rest of an “easy yoke.” He offers, “Take my yoke upon you.” We find rest by serving Him and serving with Him.

Jesus wants us to enter the labor with Him. He calls us to put on the yoke—not of bondage, but of service. 

A yoke is a beam placed across the necks of two animals so they can pull a load or plow a field together. It synchronizes their labor. And Christ invites us to labor with Him. First Corinthians 3:9 tells us, “For we are laborers together with God.” 

When we serve in the yoke with Christ, we find as He promised that the yoke is easy and the burden is light.

What is the hard yoke which we are more prone to wear? The yoke of serving for people’s acceptance. Serving for the approval of people will utterly exhaust you.

People are fickle. People are hard taskmasters. People are unpredictable. People have shifting expectations. Serving for the approval of people is always a losing—and exhausting—proposition.

Are you tired? Pause long enough to ask “Who am I doing this for? Whose yoke am I wearing?”

When we exhaust ourselves for the Lord, He replenishes and reinvigorates by His grace. When we exhaust ourselves for the approval of people, we are left empty and eventually disillusioned.


When we exhaust ourselves for the Lord, He replenishes and reinvigorates by His grace. When we exhaust ourselves for the approval of people, we are left empty and disillusioned.
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There is always rest and renewal in the work of the Lord. Stay in His yoke.

Learn—Stay in the Word of the Lord

Jesus not only invites us to serve with Him, but He also offers to teach us: “and learn of me.” Actually, there is rest in growth. As we study God’s Word and apply His truths to our own lives, we learn how to more effectively live His principles. 

One reason people grow weary in the Christian life is because of a lack of instruction from God’s Word. If we are not taking advantage of the opportunities to learn and applying our hearts to truth, we grow stagnant. 

And if we are learning without applying what we have learned, we grow judgmental. That’s why James 1:22 instructs us, “But be ye doers fo the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” 

When we apply ourselves to growth—purposefully learning how to wear and best serve in Christ’s easy yoke—we gain a level of rest that can only come from the Holy Spirit. We learn, both by study and personal experience, to abide in Christ and rest in Him as we serve.

Come, Take, Learn

Are you finding yourself without rest? Are you looking for soul-deep refreshment?

Come. Take. Learn.

Draw closer to Christ by taking His yoke and centering your service on Him alone. Learn of Him. Study His ways, and rest in His fullness.


Are you finding yourself without rest? There is rest in the yoke with Jesus.
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On 4/20/2020 at 6:15 AM, RSS Robot said:

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Many of us live without truly enjoying spiritual, emotional, and sometimes even physical rest. Here in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we are finding ourselves forced to take a different pace. 

For some, the change of pace has actually increased stress levels—whether that be from risking exposure to the virus as a first responder or an essential worker, homeschooling children while working from home, or simply fighting boredom with nothing to do but sit at home and wait for the pandemic to pass. 

Whatever the source of our stress, however, Jesus offers true rest:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—Matthew 11:28–30

Most of us who have been Christians any length of time can quote these verses, but how often do we really take Christ up on His offer? We complain of fatigue, burnout, overload, exhaustion, and boredom. But do we accept Christ’s invitation to rest?


We complain of fatigue, burnout, overload, exhaustion, and boredom. But do we accept Christ’s invitation to rest?
Click To Tweet


Where can you find rest and renewal when the stress keeps mounting and fear abounds? In Jesus.

Jesus’ offer can be broken down into three words:

Come.

Take.

Learn.

Come—Stay in the Way of the Lord

Jesus’ offer—Come—is an invitation to a better way.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.—Isaiah 55:8–9

Proverbs 13:15 plainly says, “the way of transgressors is hard.” In contrast, Jeremiah 6:16 points out that God’s way is “the good way,” and He instructs us to “walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”

Think about it: Jesus invites us to come to Him and promises rest.

If you are following Christ and find yourself worn and frazzled and empty, it could be that you haven’t been experiencing the renewal that comes by time in His presence.


If you are following Christ and find yourself worn and frazzled and empty, it could be that you haven’t been experiencing the renewal that comes by time in His presence.
Click To Tweet


Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.—Psalm 37:7

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.—Psalm 46:10

Christ’s offer to rest begins with an invitation to Himself. “Come unto Me.” The deepest, most satisfying rest we will ever find is in Christ Himself.

  • Rest comes when we receive Christ as our Saviour and enter into His eternal rest.
  • Rest comes when we lean on Christ.
  • Rest comes when we stop worrying and start trusting.

Take—Stay in the Work of the Lord

Christ’s rest is not the rest of no yoke but the rest of an “easy yoke.” He offers, “Take my yoke upon you.” We find rest by serving Him and serving with Him.

Jesus wants us to enter the labor with Him. He calls us to put on the yoke—not of bondage, but of service. 

A yoke is a beam placed across the necks of two animals so they can pull a load or plow a field together. It synchronizes their labor. And Christ invites us to labor with Him. First Corinthians 3:9 tells us, “For we are laborers together with God.” 

When we serve in the yoke with Christ, we find as He promised that the yoke is easy and the burden is light.

What is the hard yoke which we are more prone to wear? The yoke of serving for people’s acceptance. Serving for the approval of people will utterly exhaust you.

People are fickle. People are hard taskmasters. People are unpredictable. People have shifting expectations. Serving for the approval of people is always a losing—and exhausting—proposition.

Are you tired? Pause long enough to ask “Who am I doing this for? Whose yoke am I wearing?”

When we exhaust ourselves for the Lord, He replenishes and reinvigorates by His grace. When we exhaust ourselves for the approval of people, we are left empty and eventually disillusioned.


When we exhaust ourselves for the Lord, He replenishes and reinvigorates by His grace. When we exhaust ourselves for the approval of people, we are left empty and disillusioned.
Click To Tweet


There is always rest and renewal in the work of the Lord. Stay in His yoke.

Learn—Stay in the Word of the Lord

Jesus not only invites us to serve with Him, but He also offers to teach us: “and learn of me.” Actually, there is rest in growth. As we study God’s Word and apply His truths to our own lives, we learn how to more effectively live His principles. 

One reason people grow weary in the Christian life is because of a lack of instruction from God’s Word. If we are not taking advantage of the opportunities to learn and applying our hearts to truth, we grow stagnant. 

And if we are learning without applying what we have learned, we grow judgmental. That’s why James 1:22 instructs us, “But be ye doers fo the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” 

When we apply ourselves to growth—purposefully learning how to wear and best serve in Christ’s easy yoke—we gain a level of rest that can only come from the Holy Spirit. We learn, both by study and personal experience, to abide in Christ and rest in Him as we serve.

Come, Take, Learn

Are you finding yourself without rest? Are you looking for soul-deep refreshment?

Come. Take. Learn.

Draw closer to Christ by taking His yoke and centering your service on Him alone. Learn of Him. Study His ways, and rest in His fullness.


Are you finding yourself without rest? There is rest in the yoke with Jesus.
Click To Tweet


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Agreed for I now need to Rest in Jesus’ finish work, John 19:30;        Hebrew 10:14. Forget Saturday or Sunday Christ is my true Sabbath:

9 )  There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God.                               10)  For he that is entered into His REST, he also hath ceased from his own works as God did from His.    Hebrews 4:9-10

No are own works won’t save us but Christ’s grace, Ephesians 2:8-9 plus the work Christ thru His Spirit is doing in us that is His fruit(s),       Ephesians 2:10

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Yes, the Bible passages quoted are primarily referring to the rest of salvation, rest in Christ - not physical rest. Of course, we would probably be less burnt out mentally and spiritually if we were walking in the spiritual rest that Christ offers and provides. The Bible teaches 3 rests: the rest of salvation, the rest of victory in Christ/service to Him, and the final rest of Heaven. Two are already ours if we have placed personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation - however, the rest of victory in Christ is often what many true believers miss out on. It is that rest that Hebrews chapters 3-4 speak of, and what is pictured in the book of Joshua. When the Israelites conquered the Canaanites in the land, they had victory - but when they disobeyed the Lord and His Word, they had bitter defeat. This is a picture of our daily walks with the Lord. When we deal with the sins and compromises in our own lives, we get victory - the rest of victory - but when we compromise, allow those Canaanites to dwell in our hearts and homes, then we suffer bitter defeat - until we take the necessary steps to defeat these foes.

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