"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
(John 14:27 KJV)
"Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed."
(Exodus 23:12 KJV)
Nothing that is done is done without a purpose. Our Awesome God created the solar systems by command to make us a home and all of nature responded with detail and precision to have them work perfectly. So when God commands, "thou shalt rest," He has a purpose for resting. What does rest mean to you? Is it the calm before the storm? Is it physical or spiritual rest?
There are three types of "rest" that are talked about in the Bible and that should be mentioned at this time, 1) physical rest that was commanded in Exodus 23:12, 2) peaceful love that was promised in John 14:27 and 3) "My rest" that is a reward in Hebrews 3:11. #1 Can and should be experienced by both Christians and non-Christians while #2 & #3 can be experienced only by the Christians.
#1 is a commandment given by Our Awesome God for all to take time to "rest" and worship Him. This commandment, if not followed, can make the person not doing it sick. We all need physical rest. #2 is promised to the man that faithfully follows Jesus' commandments and it is a warm, loving process for those that know Our Awesome God. And #3 is a reward for believing in Jesus Christ and God, it is an eternal home in heaven.
What kind of rest is God offering us? In all cases, rest is a relief from work. In #1, it is rest on earth from physical labor and in #2, it is rest on earth from the spiritual stresses of our work. But when Our Awesome God says, "enter into My Rest," (#3) He is referring to being with Him in heaven, where our work on earth is over and the state of rest may be permanent. But to receive #3 you must be a Christian.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come, tell Him your sins and that you are ready to stop. All Christians have confessed, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and believing in Christ's ability to pay your sin debt.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs. See what you can do!
"But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard."
(Leviticus 25:4 KJV)
Our Awesome God set up a beautiful way for the land to rest, for Hebrew slaves to be set free (Deuteronomy 15:12-18), for debts to be canceled (Deuteronomy 15:1-11) and just for people to take a look at what they had done the last 6 years as they rested. This was a sabbatical seventh year that they could put changes in order for the next 6 years. This rest also increased the fertility of the land. But did they use that seventh year as the Lord had commanded? It probably was forgotten, as were other of their good intentions.
When we look at our busy life with something to do every minute, we realize we could use a seventh year to rest and take a look at what we have done the last 6 years. There are demands of family, church and work that might need a change. Think about that 7th year to rest and prayerfully refocus our lives to increase Our Awesome God's glory. What changes could we make to improve the next 6 years? Can we do it with God's help in a year? Couldn't we find time, even a week, to rest and look at changes that we should make to be more productive for our Lord?
Our Awesome God wants you to rest and reevaluate what you have done and what you should change to make it better. This rest and prayer makes you realize the good things you have done with God's help, as well as how to change others and make them better. Our God is good!
Our Awesome God wants you look back over the past 6 years, rest (even for a week) and, with His help, see what changes need to be made in your life. Praise the Lord!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 to 7:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
(Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)
How many faulty humans have problems that are called the three H's, "hurts, hang-ups and/or habits"? We all do and we are enablers of them, sometimes. We all have character defects that cause us to sin against Our Awesome God, others and ourselves. We have character defects such as denial which is a self protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth, fear, dishonesty which is lying, cheating or stealing, not upright in our dealings with people, greed, false pride, hate, anger, gossiping, hoarding, criticizing, over scheduling our lives, and sarcasm are a few. But there are many more defects that we use to keep us from stopping and analyzing why we do things that are not pleasing to God.
We can deny that we feel or do any of the character defects for years but we know our relationship with Our Awesome God is not as good as it should be if we do. Eventually, God slows us up and we realize we have a bad habit to overcome if we are to mature as Christians. Even though we are Christians, we have sinned against God and others by ignoring those character defects. We need God's help to stop and get out of denial and our "hang-ups". But if you don't believe in Our Awesome God, you need to learn more about Him and His Salvation because to permanently get rid of these hurts, hang-ups and habits, both the Christian and the non-Christian are going to need God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
You may say you don't do any of these sins but do you help or enable others to do any of these things? Find a Celebrate Recovery Program to understand how you can actually help these people and/or yourself overcome these problems and get closer to Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a Bible believing, encouraging church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. Our God is an Awesome God! READ our website 9/05/15 for #2 Our Denial. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill