fredag 19 december 2008

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Permission to Rest

Mark 6:30-32 [NIV]

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Dear child, I don't want you to get so busy serving Me that you wear yourself out. You must not allow yourself to come to the point of exhaustion, for when that happens, you will have difficulty hearing My voice and discerning My nearness. Exhaustion damages your ability to draw into intimacy with Me, and it is not good for you.

Yes, I allow you to do works with Me, but our relationship is not based on those works. I have not created you for the tasks, but for personal relationship with Me. It is out of that relationship that I allow you to work with Me, to do with Me the things that I am doing; and to do them in My power and anointing.

I have set an example for you--I paced Myself when I created your world and everything that is in it. I worked for six days and I reseted on the seventh--setting a precedent for you to rest from your work as well.

It is true that there will be seasons where I call you to be very busy for Me, giving you many important kingdom tasks to do with Me. When I put you in such a season, I will give you the strength that you need to get through it and to do all that I have called you to do.

But there will also be seasons of rest, where I do not assign you many tasks. Do not fret in those times, for they are meant as seasons of rest for you. I want you to be rested so that you stay spiritually keen, so that you may be able to follow the leading of My Spirit.

Do not be upset when this happens. Do not draw your sense of value from what you do for Me. Allow My Spirit to meet you and to minister to you in these seasons of rest. Look expectantly to Me and watch and see how I will meet you in these times of rest. If you allow Me to, I will draw you into new depths of intimacy with Myself and teachyou more of My ways. I will reveal more of Myself to you and I will breathe more of My life and My refreshment into you.

Dear one, I know that at times it is hard for you to sit still and to do nothing, but your seasons of rest are as important to Me as your seasons of actively serving Me. I am not a harsh taskmaster and I have not called you to grind yourself into the ground and to be so exhausted that you are hardly able to function. Accept My good gift of rest and learn to rest in Me. Then watch and see how I will open My mysteries up to you and reveal more and more of Myself to you.

Dear one, I give you permission to rest.

This word is submitted by Teresa Seputis

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