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Scripture Memorization Challenge: Resting in Him (Week 40)
This week’s Scripture is Matthew 11:28 (KJV):
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This has to be one of the most calming Scriptures I have ever read in my life. There is something to take note of when an Almighty God tells you that He will give you rest. In the Strong’s Concordance, rest in the Greek is: anapauó: to give rest, give intermission from labor, by impl. refresh.
Did you see that? He promises to give us rest, the type of rest that anyone who has lived into adulthood understands to be life-giving rest, if we simply come.
I remember the first time I realized what I had to do in order to gain rest from the hard labor of life I was living. Although it sounds easy enough to just “come” to God and enter into His rest, it isn’t quite as simple as you’d think. I have found in my journey with Christ that it’s in the “coming” that we find a battle of it’s own awaiting us to fight. What do I mean? I mean the attacks that come immediately when you set your mind on following His will. I mean looking yourself in the mirror and being honest with who you are and where you are really at. And trust me, it is never easy, no matter how often you do it. But the thing is, in order to enter into His rest, you have to.
And every battle I fight in order to rest in God’s promise of refreshing is worth its weight in gold. If you are in the midst of a battle for rest, I encourage you to stay grounded in Him and don’t give up. God promises you that He will give you rest, and He will do it. Just hold on to His Word and He will sustain you. And before you know it, your rest will come!
Commit this verse to memory.
Figure out what you need to do in order to submit yourself to God and enter into His rest. Pray and ask God for the strength to carry on and thank Him in advance for the promise of rest that is on its way!
Pray and ask God if you can be of service allowing Him to use you to help someone else enter into His rest. You’ll be surprised at the outcome, I guarantee it!
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