|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
This is a glorious day. It’s a day of rest, laughter, rejoicing and fulfilment. I am so excited today about what God is expounding to His people. He says in His Word that there is a place of rest in Him. He also says, “You have been battered and wounded long enough, come and obtain rest for your soul” (Hebrews 4:9-11). That means, there is rest reserved for you concerning your family-life, career, business, children and finances.
Therefore, your running around is over. You have carried that burden long enough; an end has come to it. You have been running helter-skelter just to survive; today marks the end of every form of unrest in your life. God says, “For the remaining part of this year, He has prepared a place of rest for you and your family.” I pray that you will see it and enter into it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Today, I shall be examining “The Place of Rest.” Where is this place of rest? How do you get there? What does it take to get there? These are the things God wants to expound to us today. I pray that your eyes of understanding will be enlightened and every unrest in your life and family will be destroyed.
What is rest? How can you say you are restful? A state of rest means to be at peace or at ease; a state of tranquillity. Jesus said: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
Rest is obtainable, but only in Christ. You have been battered by the happenings all around you; Jesus invites you to come unto Him, if you desire rest. I don’t know what has been responsible for your unrest; but I know you can be free today. No matter the mountain or how big the burden has been, Jesus, the burden-bearer, invites you to come. The Bible says: Whatsoever the Lord doeth shall be forever (Ecclesiastes 3:14). When Jesus carries your burden, you can be rest assured that the case is settled forever. All He requires of you is to come to Him. Come with the faith that He can do it and with the hope that He can never fail. That thing that causes you heartache, makes you sigh and shed secret tears, I see Jesus walking by your side to lift those burdens off you and give you eternal liberty. He says, “He will do it”, not He may or that He would try. That means it is His absolute desire to give you rest in life.
He said: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). It is the thief (devil) that is giving you unrest. His ministry is to steal, kill and destroy. However, Jesus, the Author of life says that if you come to Him, He will give you what the devil cannot access.
Maybe, as a student, you have been writing a particular examination several times and the result is always the same. It has become a yoke in your life and a burden to you. Maybe, yours is in the area of finances; you wake up every morning with no breakfast or lunch in view –not because you are fasting, but there is nothing to eat. I want you to see Jesus take off this yoke from you to be free. All it takes is to come to Him. See what the Bible says: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness (Isaiah 55:1-2). Stop running helter-skelter, come to Jesus. Who is Jesus? He is the Word of God made Flesh (John 1:1-14).
The Word of God is the water of life. So, take refuge in the Word from all odds of life and every form of unrest. Is it a spouse’s ungodly behaviour or action? Is it a child’s unruly behaviour that is bothering you? Or is it in the area of your finances? All you have to do is turn to the Word. There is no rest in any other place; true and absolute rest can only be found in the Word of God. God has declared this year as your own year of turning point. A genuine turning point only comes from a restful soul. God cannot lie; it is your duty to allow His Word to produce in your life. As many families as will care to find rest in God’s Word this year, they shall experience turnarounds on every side.
Do you look through the window more than ten times every night before going to bed? Do you do more work in your sleep than when you are awake because every bit of noise you hear wakes you up? That is not rest. Your protection is not in your looking out, neither is it in your jumping out; rather, sure protection comes from the Word of God. The Word says when you sleep, it shall be sweet and nothing shall make you afraid. God cannot lie (Psalms 127:2).
Maybe you are the type that each time you are on the road travelling, all kinds of picture come to your mind and you begin to picture every form of accident. Then your heart begins to pant and skip a beat; this ought not to be so. Jesus says, “Come unto me…” That means it is in coming that you have total rest either on the road, in the air or on the sea. Come to Him today; dedicate your family to Him and hand over all your children to Him. So that, whenever your children travel or go to school, you will not imagine all sorts of evil, accident, kidnap, immoralities, etc. As a result, your mind will be at rest. When you and your family members come to Jesus on the basis of His Word, you all have a sure covering in His Blood! By so doing, you can be rest assured that your children, business and all that belongs to you would not suffer what the people of the world suffers.
How do you come to Jesus? The Bible Says: If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). It doesn’t take more than this to have perfect rest all around you. Make a wise decision today; accept the Lord Jesus as your own personal Lord and Saviour. Make Him the Lord of your entire household and you will be at rest in every aspect of your life.
The Scripture above says you should confess with your mouth, and then believe what you have said in your heart. The time for you to do that is right now. Wherever you are reading this article, kneel down and with conviction in your heart that you desire the rest that comes only from God for you and your family, say: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).