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Rest from struggling
by Michael Hume
10/23/11
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"Rest and be still!" Jeremiah 47.6

Reading that this morning and meditating on it for a while, set the tone for the whole morning. I decided not to fight, nor struggle, and as I did that inner turmoil calmed.

Blasting Satan with a bunch of scripture was not going to be the order of the morning, nor was I to bind the spirits, nor ask God to remove burdens. Instead I did nothing except read the Bible, then pray a bit.

It was relaxing knowing I simply did not have to wage spiritual war. God never is demanding. It relieved me to know that this morning I was going to quiten the noise of the world. It was a much needed rest day.Rest did not mean inactivity, but no fretting or worrying. No being anxious or worried. Just quietly taking matters and prayers to God, then resting some more.

Sometimes there is so much tension, stress and pressure from the world that I need to take a step back. Sometimes you feel so burdened with responsibilities. You wage spiritual war every day in some way or another so it was nice to think today I did not have to. At least not this morning.

It was a really relaxing morning. The sun shone, the sky was blue and there were red streaks first thing.

Sometimes this rest is essential because it gets you away from doing things in the flesh. It might not be God calling you to fight spiritual battles all the time. Maybe he can give you peace through relative inaction, and his grace. The main thing is that it is a change in tempo and a rest.



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