ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS, Beloved of GOD (In my mailbox this morning from Joel, good subject.)
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29, NIV)
Sometimes the pressures of life can cause unnecessary stress. So many people these days lose sleep worrying about things or people in their lives, but God wants us to live a life of rest and peace. When Jesus walked on this earth, He took time away from the crowds. He spent time with the Father. He found rest. He was gentle and humble in heart. Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of the people around you? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean. God wants you to cast your cares on Him so that you can live with a gentle and humble attitude toward others. When you learn to release your burdens and follow the example that Jesus gave, you will be refreshed and find rest for your soul and peace in your heart.
A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, today I choose to cast my cares on You. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to have a gentle and humble attitude. Help me find rest for my soul so that I can love others the way You love me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Obviously, this rest is not a guarantee for a long vacation. Physical labor is given to us as a blessing. Personally, I like to build things. Even as a kid I liked to build things. In Kentucky we would build forts in the attic and basement. Build dams during the spring rain storms in the stream next to our home. Of course there were domino’s. tinker toys, Lincoln logs, play dough, erector sets, Monopoly and such. By 1947 I was drawing house plans for a general contractor and by 61 had my own Construction Co. so we are not talking about rest as in loafing. In fact the Bible teaches that a loafer has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel (or a soul that is unsaved), 1 Tim.5:8, 2 Thess. 3:12. So the ability to work and to create is something that is in the IMAGE of GOD and a blessing.
So what the verse is referring to is the “Rest of Soul” The blessing to be able to sleep good at night. That we have no concerns about our past or our future, that all is in the hands of our loving GOD. And sometimes we get talked out of the “Rest” by our life style or by watching something on TV that is wrenching. Sometimes I am watching something rather interesting and positive and all of a sudden it goes sour and south. Want to see where it goes but learning to turn it off anyway or it could disturb my rest for that night. Emotional and word fights do the same things. We are created in such a way that our body runs very well on a blood flow of about 60 beats per minute. And it slows down at night to around 45. Physically this is called homeostasis: ” the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.” This allows our body to work at an optimal speed and get the best mileage which is neither fight or flight as with adrenaline.
Our soul (heart, id, sub consciousness ) also has a rest speed at which we can more easily make contact with the super natural and touch GOD and have HIM touch us. This is the real source of power for the Christian. When our heart and the heart of GOD come together in true UNITY then we get to touch the the supernatural world, John 17. Heb. 4:
So take care that you rest in the Spirit and don’t get use to living on adrenaline as it will foul up your ability to Walk in the Spirit and to hear the voice of GOD speaking to your hear. It has been estimated that 5 minutes of Anger will shut down our immune system for a whole day. And most of what we tend to get angry about is not even true, as it never happens.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org