Saturday, May 14, 2011

Being a Woman at Rest


Long story short, I typed this post the other night and lost the entire thing. So I'm not retyping the whole thing, I'm just going to pull the main points. 

What does it mean to be a woman at rest? I'm not talking about relaxing, I'm talking about resting. Letting your spirit enter into a place of rest (Hebrews 4). Resting does not mean not doing anything, we can be busy in the natural but on the inside we are resting. If you are resting you will probably not burn out, if you enter into rest then Isaiah 40:31 is possible. What helps us to be women at rest?

1.) Try never to compare yourself with any other. Comparison is death to self and death to calling. We will never be who we were meant to be if we are always comparing ourselves to others. Not to mention, we have enough insecurities we don't need to add fuel to that fire! Notice I say try because this is not easy, however it is possible, and not only is it possible but it is necessary if we are to fulfill the personal destiny God has for us. 

2.) A woman at rest is a woman in action. A woman at rest is a woman at war, taking every thought deliberately captive that tears her down (2 Cor 10:5). 

3.) Trust. A woman at rest is a woman who trusts in the Lord with all her heart and leans not on her own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). She is child like, she receives a spirit of adoption instead of rejection, and she let's go, knowing she is not in control.

4.) A woman at rest makes peace with herself. She learns to be at peace with her body and her personality.  She does not compare, she gives herself grace, and she allows herself to become the object of her Father's overwhelming love and affection.

Why is rest so important? Psalm 23:5 states that God prepares us a table in the presence of our enemies. Rest, or peace, is one of the strongest weapons we have because it overthrows fear. Fear is from the enemy and renders us ineffective, powerless, in our Christian walk. Rest has the adverse effect on us, it empowers us and allows to operate with a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Peace is Powerful, and it looks good on us. I have met some women who are at rest and they are confident and powerful women. They are attractive, people like to be in their presence. I'm not saying that any of these things are easy to walk out in our lives and it's certainly a challenge for me to to do these things in my own life but that doesn't mean the principals aren't true and effective. I need freedom from fear, most all of us do. If you deeply struggle with fear and anxiety at times like I do just know that the Lord can shepard our hearts into a rest that runs even deeper than our greatest fear. 

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.