January 15th – Rest and Gain

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Rest in Me. Accomplishment in exhaustion is sometimes required, and many a great deed is done with little rest, but not all. I give rest as I give task. A sabbath is required; no man can carry his lot without rest. You have been given a load to carry, overwhelming at times, but in My strength you continue. Give to Me your trust, faith that I have given you both the load and the time to rest from the load. My strength is given in the quiet. Seek time with Me. Much more is done with My rest than is done with sabbathless labor. You have seen My hand in the past – great accomplishment with modest effort, and you have seen My provision – great bounty for a little work. Also, you have seen the struggle of fruitless days – toil with little to show. My hand blesses the obedient, those diligent in My ways. Rest from your work, and blessed will be the return to its labor; blessed also will be others. Your life outside of your work will prosper, where much of your work eternal is accomplished. Seek My sabbath. I am the same yesterday as today. Rest as I have commanded and I have demonstrated, and in six days you will gain as eight.

Genesis 2:1-3 (ESV) – Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Leviticus 23:3 (ESV)  Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.

Bottom Line:  By God’s design, resting from our work produces more results in the end. Taking a regular “sabbath” rest will restore you for more productivity when you’re back to work, and will provide the time needed for other parts of your life. There are countless millions who succeed and work, but lose at life. There are millions more who burn out and never achieve their full potential. Obviously, God did not need to rest in Genesis, but He was making a point – we need to. This weekend coming up, put it on your calendar…Rest, and let the His Word work in you.

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