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Get Some Rest

‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ Mark 6:31 NIV

Why did Jesus take time out to rest? So that when He worked, He’d be at His best. And today He wants you to know that if you don’t take a break, you won’t get one. He wants you to survive the long haul, not just the short sprint. And the first obstacle you need to overcome is guilt. That’s what makes us workaholics. We feel guilty and tell ourselves, ‘There’s just so much to do’. Jesus handled life differently: ‘Because so many people were coming and going that (He and his disciples) did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘come with me…to a quiet place and get some rest’. So they went away by themselves…to a solitary place’ (vv 31-32 NIV). No time to eat, too many people coming and going, no time to take care of yourself – does that describe your life right now? Some people say ‘It’s better to burn out than rust out’. That’s poor advice, plus it’s not scriptural. You don’t burn out when you’re in the will of God! Jesus said, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11:30 NIV) And the reason He could say that was because people didn’t set His agenda, His heavenly Father did. The psalmist said, ‘He maketh me to lie down’ (Psalm 23:2 KJV). Wouldn’t you rather go to the park by choice than to the hospital by force? The fact is God won’t send you there, but your own lack of wisdom can. Today Jesus is saying to you, ‘Get some rest,’ and if you’re wise you will do it!

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Old Voices

‘In him we…become the righteousness of God’ 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

Gandhi once said, ‘I refuse to let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.’ Yet that’s exactly what we do when we listen to old voices of condemnation. A respected author writes: ‘Negative accusations take various forms. ‘You’re not as spiritual as you should be… You didn’t work hard enough last week… God can’t bless you because of your past.’ Those are lies… We don’t have to live condemned when we make mistakes. Even Paul said, ‘I do not do the good things I want to do… I do the bad things I do not want to do.’ (Romans 7:19 NCV). There is a time to repent, and a time to shake it off and press forward. You can’t change the past. And if you live in guilt today because of yesterday, you won’t have the strength to live in victory. The Bible says, ‘Put on the breastplate of God’s approval’ (see Ephesians 6:14). The breastplate covers your heart, the centre of your being, the way you think and feel about yourself. If you’re thinking, ‘I don’t have much of a future. I’ve blown it too often. God couldn’t be pleased with me,’ that’s ‘the accuser’, and he has no authority over you.’ God says he’s been ‘cast down’ (Revelation 12:10 KJV). So stand your ground, and remind him that ‘God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’. Like all of us, you’ve probably made your fair share of mistakes. But positionally God sees you ‘in Christ’, so you’re ‘complete’, ‘justified’, and ‘accepted’. Conditionally you’re a work-in-progress – and He won’t give up on you!

This is reproduced with kind permission from United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) Word for Today. Copies can be obtained from them at UCB Operations Centre, Westport Road, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4JF