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Rest…a place of Faith

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Good Morning ~ Afternoon or Evening!  🙂

…it’s been a bit since I’ve posted and for that I apologize. However, as you all know, life takes us on the wind sometimes. So I know you’ll forgive my absence…  🙂

Last Tuesday night at my Women’s Bible Study, held by our very own Pastor Carol, was outstanding. A new bible study open to all the women in @ the River (our church), this particular group of women have not met in one group for study until now. Familiar Leadership faces mixed in with women who have not come out before. It was exciting.

While our church is in a major transition, our Pastor Carol wanted to bring the women of the River together to feed us in a positive manner. She far exceeded in this…and we look forward to a deeper relationship and understanding of God, who He made us each to be, individually. If the sense of power that was felt Tuesday night is any indication for what God has in store for us, we are in for breakthroughs! God is amazing.

The teaching was on Rest.

Rest is a choice. Due to that free will thing, anything God challenges a person with is a choice. We choose to walk in love, forgiveness or even rest or not. God simply offers us the choice, the decision is ours. My suggestion…choose wisely.

Finding a place of rest and faith is a choice. Faith, Rest, and Peace are spiritual law.

The longer we walk in this rest the more of it we attract it to ourselves. Picture yourself there…resting, reclining in the understanding that God has already fought your battles. He has already fought and brought you our in Victory, from the war you were in. Resting in the realization that the battle is not, and never was ours, but God’s…resting in the vast revelation of that promise. Truly understanding and resting while God controls and drives our lives! Feels like less work, less stress, less anxiety…doesn’t it?

It is!

If one works the spiritual laws they will work for you. Working the laws, though, means really working them. Not simply haphazardly attempting to try them when you feel like it, or remember to…working means diligently putting effort into a thing or situation.

Jesus has provided the keys, put them in our hands, to unlock doors that have been locked on our behalf. Working the Laws…the 11 Laws of God is the key. The Laws are God…they are biblical.

Suggested reading: Working with the Law by Dr. Raymond Holliwell

Philippians 4:6 tells us, “be anxious for nothing”.

The Word of God says, directs us to live anxiety free. If the Word says it then it is possible to live it!

Anxiety is the result of meditating on negative things. The negative things of the world, specifically. We must program our minds not to take in the negative. This is not to say we ignore the situations in our lives. It simply means not to dwell there and take the problems into ourselves.

We must stop living by our emotions. Yes! We control how we react, or not, to our emotions! The world will tell you, you’ve heard it, you’ve even said it, me too!, “No one can control how we feel!” or “I can’t help how I feel!”. This is a lie. We most certainly do control our emotions and how we act in these emotions!

Did you ever notice: You wake up and it’s raining, disappointing your plans for a picnic lunch with your family.

The day is gloomy, and right from the start the disappointment you feel begins to grow into a depressed feeling. Things are not going as planned. Often we fall into that trap and enter into a state of self conciousness of the negative kind. If done often enough, if we repeatedly give into the negatives of the day or week, we find it quickly becomes our attitude. One of negative disappointment that spawns an attitude that nothing works out well…it is a vicious cycle. A cycle one chooses to engage in!

Have you ever: Awoken to rain and disappointed plans for your picnic and gone with it?

You know! gather the family at lunch time, from their perspective activities and enjoyed that picnic lunch on your bright picnic throw on the living room floor. Talking and enjoying the same company and conversation you would have enjoyed at the park? Maybe playing a raucous game of monopoly instead of tossing the frisby?

The obvious is that the second choice caused joy and fun! A choice was made! And it controlled the flow of emotion in the situation.

Our emotions are a thermostat. Our emotions tell us whether or not we are in the right place, the right attitude. If I don’t feel well or I am in unforgiveness, there is a disturbance in me! I am not walking in love and faith…I don’t feel good! There is a belief that we attract illnesses to us…we believe what we hear, or read or was shown. We believe our feelings. However, I am here to tell you that if I believe what the Word of God says about my feelings or illnesses I begin to feel better. I have turned the key to a seemingly locked door to wellness.

I can attest to this…when I am diligent and speak God’s Word into my life I  feel better! My emotions line up to the Word and they do not drive my life…my attitude or the situations!

REST is a place of faith. God like faith. Honestly we do not possess faith without God. That measure of faith that was given to every single human being, is God’s faith. Faith was not built into our dna, it was a supernatural gift from God. It is a part of God’s dna.

If I am anxious I cannot enjoy that faith. If I am following my negative emotions I am backsliding. That negative emotion now drives my decision making.

James 1:5-8 ~ become a person of decision. Free will requires us to choose God’s will, not our own. God would not choose depression, it is not in his will. [God’s Will ~ our inheritance ~ get it?] We did not inherit depression, we inherited Hope and Faith!

Matthew 6:25-27 ~ worry is a public demonstration of false humility. Anxiety is overcome by our knowledge of our authority in The Christ.  When we realize that we were adopted into the Royalty of God’s Kingdom we can then walk as the Kings and Queens, the Leaders Father God meant for each of us to be!

Romans 8:1 ~ God loves regardless of my performance.  Meditate on the love of God. He loves me, and YOU, when we walk in faith and when we backslide. Like any good father, our mistakes and distractions, the worst acts we can conjure we’ve perpetrated!, cannot separate us from the Love of our Father, God!

Hebrews 4:1; 9-11 ~ make every effort to enter the Sabbath rest – the rest of God. Rest is a result of trusting your righteousness. Rest means to cease and desist and to consider it done.

Proverbs 1:33 ~ Psalm 116:7 ~ Isaiah 32:18

Rest is the highest form of faith in God.

~ when we get to that place of rest the enemy cannot touch us!

We all know this one: Psalm 91:1 ~ the secret place is REST.

Isaiah 18:4-5 ~ when we rest there will be abundance even in famine!

*YOU ARE ALWAYS MORE ANOINTED THAN YOUR PROBLEMS*   Speak this out loud … I AM ALWAYS MORE ANOINTED THAN MY PROBLEMS!

Isaiah 14:3-4 ~ the purpose of rest is to confuse the adversary.

So my loves, put up your feet…read the suggested scriptures…get them from your head into your spirit! AND REST!

Blessings Loves!   🙂

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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