Intentional Spiritual Rest


hand holding cupExodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

Our national anthem ends proclaiming that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave, but we have become slaves to the most hectic schedules on the planet. How can we continue growing in spiritual strength in a crazy busy and demanding world? Even though I want this more than most things, I sometimes dread seeing posts like this because our schedules are so full we can’t take time for one more thing even if it can help us. The burden of reading more things I don’t have time to work out seems worse than not reading it in the first place.

If this is you take heart. All I’m going to suggest is that you take a break. A specific renewing kind of break. It is not cookie cutter but if you get the principle below & find even the smallest of starting points, you will find your energy returning very soon. The key is an ancient principle God gave his people at the beginning. He first called it “Sabbath Rest.”

What is Sabbath Rest? God Given Space to Refresh Our Souls in Him.

Leviticus 16:31 It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute.

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him… Ps 27:14

Sabbath rest is not a specific day with rule to gain God’s favor. It is not about making yourself righteous but resting more deeply in Jesus’ righteousness. Sabbath rest is about relationship with Jesus not rules for activity. It began as a day to set aside work and remember the incredible presence of God in their lives. It climaxes in the invitation to find soul deep rest through the presence of Christ.

Sabbath rest is God given space to recharge our souls in Christ.

Why Does Sabbath Rest Matter? It Prevents Spiritual Drift by Continually Deepening Our Connection to Christ.

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. See also Psalm 23

Our culture of busyness makes us vulnerable to spiritual & moral sickness. Just like we are more likely to get sick when we are run down physically, so we are more likely to become morally sick when we are run down spiritually. This drift can be sublte and slow which makes it even more dangerous.

How Can We Practice Sabbath Rest Today? Schedule & Protect Boundaries of Refreshing Focus in Jesus.

Matthew 11:28-29  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you

Foundation Steps:

  1. First schedule protected space.
  2. Set aside distractions.
  3. Intentionally focus your attention on God through Jesus.
  4. Start with a one time experiment, then let it become your anchor & develop a habit of Sabbath Rest.

Life can keep us ragged and running on fumes. Though we should we get used to it and come to believe that this is just the way it is. That IS NOT TRUE. Sabbath rest in Jesus is God’s gift to us to move life from exhausted to abundant.

How rested are you? Fully emotionally, physically, spiritually? If you keep doing what you have been doing, where is it going to take you? Why not add the discipline of intentional spiritual rest! To hear the full lesson go to Join us this weekend for more a moment of rest with practical Biblical teaching for your life.