The Rest of God is something I have been pursuing for a few years now. I have noticed over the last few months, it has been a recurring theme that the Lord is speaking. It’s not just a theme, however. It’s not one of those things the Lord highlights, we hear it, and then move on. There is no moving on from Rest!
Rest is not just about slowing down, stopping, and taking time to physically rest, although that is a very important part! The Rest of God is a state of being. It’s about living from within the place of sonship and identity, resting in who He is and who we are in Christ now. Those who walk in their true identity as loved sons and daughters abide in the Vine and live from within the resting place.
Then Jesus exclaimed, “Father, thank You, for You are Lord, the Supreme Ruler over heaven and earth! And You have hidden the great revelation of Your authority from those who are proud and wise in their own eyes. Instead, You have shared it with these who humble themselves.Yes, Father, Your plan delights Your heart, as You’ve chosen this way to extend Your kingdom—by giving it to those who have become like trusting children.You have entrusted Me with all that You are and all that You have. No one fully and intimately knows the Son except the Father. And no one fully and intimately knows the Father except the Son. But the Son is able to unveil the Father to anyone He chooses. Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to Me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with Mine. Learn My ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in Me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:25-30 TPT
We simply join our life with Him and learn His ways. Jesus lived as a true Son of God, never worried or stressed about accomplishing what He was put on earth to accomplish. He met with His Father, every day, in whom His identity and trust resided. Everything He did flowed from that resting place.
Living from within the resting place has nothing to do with striving or being defined by obedience or lack there of. It has nothing to do with performance, perfection, or getting everything right the first time or even the timing right. It has everything to do with fully trusting in Jesus and who He says He is. Rest is about letting go of control, surrendering all fear, pride, self preservation, and doubt, and allowing your Father to birth faith inside of you as you simply say “yes”. The truth of His unfailing Love and His promises are what should guard our hearts and fill us with peace and the joy of the Lord.
“Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into His realm of resting in confident faith. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. — For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest! — As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Hebrews 4:1,3,10-11 TPT
When your full trust and faith is in Him and Him alone, it changes everything! When you put your trust and faith in your task, your call, your abilities, another person, a situation or expected outcome or even in our interpretation of a prophetic word, what maybe started out as restful excitement will quickly turn to anxiety, stress, worry, anger, and even disappointment. Disappointment is another way of saying “hope deferred.” Hope deferred can become a cancer that eats away at us. It causes us to become hard-hearted without even knowing it and can distort the voice of our Father.
Putting our faith, hope, trust, our identity in anything or anyone else will ultimately rob us of joy, peace, and rest and lead to hope deferred and disappointment.
Some time ago, the Lord had said, “I am going to teach you how to let go and truly follow Me.” I didn’t know what it meant at the time, but I have a clearer understanding now. He desires to lead us to the resting place of His love, where regardless of joy or suffering, we remain unshaken and unmoved because we are so rooted and grounded in His love. The resting place is where offenses fall to the ground, where past wounds and pain are fully healed, and forgiveness is extended with rejoicing. The resting place is where if you fail in obedience or accomplishing something, you let your Father wrap His arms of delight around you and sing over you as you repent and forgive yourself.
The resting place is the holy place where we learn to move in His strength alone and walk in true righteousness and holiness, shining His beauty and glory!
The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!
PSALM 23:1-6 TPT
A couple Friday nights ago, I was gathered with others to worship and pray. The Lord began to sing and speak of Rest, His Love, the Fear of the Lord, Identity, the Joy of the Lord, and how He builds. He had A LOT to say! But I will only write the highlights of the wisdom He shared:
“Come with Me. Come to the resting place of Love. I will restore your heart. I will restore your soul. I will sing you vibrant. I will sing you whole. Do you want to know what I want from you? I just want your heart. I appreciate all you’re trying to do. I just want you. You can’t earn My approval, My delight, or My Love…you already have them. You have all of Me. Please don’t come to Me in fear or worry. Come to Me inside My perfect Love. Lay down what you think you have to do. There’s a resting place just for you. Out of this place of rest, of sonship, of delight, everything will unfold. No more anxiety, only peace. Remember, even if you get it wrong, I will make it right! Open your eyes and see. You’re on the peak of this mountain with Me. We’re singing over the enemy. You’re with Me.” (Psalm 27)
“There Fear of the Lord and abiding in Perfect Love are one and the same. Yes, there is an element to the Fear of the Lord that involves trembling, awe, and deep reverence, but that’s not all it is. The Fear of the Lord is when sons and daughters walk in humility, repentance, and obedience from within the place of Perfect Love, knowing the discipline and love of their Father. The Fear of the Lord should not produce anxiety, torment, or terror. Perfect Love cast out fear, casts our torment, casts out anxiety. It’s fear itself, pride, and self preservation (which are all the same thing) that cause us not to trust; that cause us to live inside an ungodly fear that masquerades as wisdom. You will know that you are walking in the true Fear of the Lord when you are abiding and trusting in Perfect Love; trusting that He is who He says He is and you are who He says you are now, and your only goal is to become more like Him. And out of that resting place will come the things He’s called you to. It’s not the things you do or don’t do that define you who you are. He just wants your heart.“
“Lord, let the motivations of my heart, of what I say and do, be from the resting place in You, in Your Love.”
“I have a way of building that is out of your control. I made it that way on purpose so that no man can boast. Don’t drown in anxiety. Don’t drown in the urgency, be patient. There’s so much more going on that you don’t know, that you don’t see. I have a way of building that is out of your control. This doesn’t depend on you. It depends on Me. I made it this way on purpose so that you could live anxiety-free. I made it this way on purpose. Only My hands can build it. Only My hands can sustain. It doesn’t depend on you. Just be with Me, walk with Me, be anxiety-free! Don’t down in anxiety in the urgency. Patience is the wisdom in the urgency. Love takes time. Relationships take time. Pulling out roots takes time. Tearing down walls takes time. And in the midst of it all, I just want your heart.” Jeremiah 1
“Do you really want to know what the Joy of the Lord is? It’s not a feeling of elation or happiness or laughter. It’s not a feeling at all. It’s a state of being. It’s walking in harmony with My Word. You experience true joy when you trust in My Word that I have written, spoken, and sing over you. The truth brings freedom. So let My love, My Word, My truth illuminate you heart so that you will know the hope, the hope, the hope of the calling I have put on you! That you would see and know that you have full access to the riches of My glory. I don’t make promises that I can’t keep. I’m calling you to trust Me. When you rest in Me, that’s when I take over and do the work for you.” Ephesians 1
“Come into Perfect Love. Let me change your perception. Boldly open the door, come on in, have a seat, sit with Me, and we’ll eat. Don’t stand outside the door, on your knees, begging please, you’re not an orphan anymore. You’re not a beggar anymore. You’re not a worthless sinner anymore. You are a new creation, My child. Even in the midst of darkness and suffering, come laugh with Me, it’s ok. So if the task fails, it’s alright. If the ministry fails, it’s alright. If the endeavor fails, it’s alright. Those things do not define you. Success doesn’t always look like it should. In fact, most times, it appears the opposite. But that’s because I’m building in a way you can’t control! So rest in Me and know My Word will not fail. Believe My promises. Let them guard your heart and you will be anchored in hope, rejoicing every step of the way. I’ve called you to be anchored in hope. I’ve called you to rejoice! I’ve called you live, to abide in the Vine, in Perfect Love. And when you do this as a family, you will see Me fill this firm foundation. So let’s get out all of the roots. Let’s get out all of these old, rocky walls. Let’s take out these cracked, faulty stones. It’s going to take a bit to clear the way. But there will be a new foundation and I will build the walls. I will place each stone where they should be. Each Living Stone will have it’s place, you’ll see, and anxiety-free!“
Father, I pray for the simplicity of this revelation to penetrate out hearts. I know there will be difficult times, times of pain, anger, stress, and sadness… but Jesus, I pray in those times, that we would be able to lay down our emotions and come to You in rest. We are all prone to the instant bad reaction, but You, Father, are even more so prone to the instance intimate embrace. Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear the truth and give us our Father’s eyes to see. Let us remember Your great love. Let us remember we are, at all times, seated in the heavenly places with You. And especially in times where we’ve run out of answers, let us cleave to You and You alone, and let Your peace guard our hearts in the face of the unknown. Fear and pride, self preservation, causes us to do a lot of things we shouldn’t do. They masquerade very convincingly as wisdom. But Father, Your wisdom is first pure, full of peace, full of love, considerate, and teachable, and produces righteousness. Lord, let us seek after Your wisdom, face to face, in the secret place, everyday and rest fully in the knowledge of how deeply loved we are by You. Let Your Love motivate our hearts and lives to follow You, to trust You, and obey. We love You, Abba, amen.