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Last week, our topic was “Hiding or Hidden” – Part 1 and we talked about the impossibility of trying to hide from the Lord, and more. So, this week, we were supposed to look at the idea of “being hidden by God”. Therefore, you may have been a little surprised to see that our topic is “Biblical Rest”, but that’s because, as always, the Holy Spirit had other plans. May I also say that I believe that there is someone whose readingthat is stuck and like me, has not realized it. Our spiritual relationship with the Lord is sound, however, we may have reached a point in our spiritual life in which we have stalled, because of our mindset. So, please read carefully, with an open mind and heart, to this potentially life-changing message.
A few weeks ago, “While in Winter”, we looked at biblical rest, a place that I am still in. I realize now that I had found myself in “full speed ahead” mode, when the Holy Spirit said, “pump the brakes”! Now with full disclosure, I had become a little, maybe a lot, impatient, a tad discouraged and a bit frustrated, when He began to ask me some rather thought-provoking, soul-searching questions, and the first being, are you truly mentally and spiritually prepared for where you are going? My original “knee-jerk” response was “Of course, I’ve been preparing and planning for this a very long time”. But then, I had to take a LONG pause and think about what He was asking me. The Holy Spirit had to remind me of Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed”.
He then took me back to the definition of biblical rest and I discovered that I had not truly internalized it. Biblical Rest is not only something we do for our body, soul, and spirit, but a form of worship, when we completely trust the sovereignty of God and lean into His Holy Spirit… a form of worship!
The next question that the Holy Spirit asked was, “Do you know how to truly worship?’” Again, my hasty response was “Of course”, but Wait! since He was asking the question, obviously not! For some reason, I thought that I knew everything about God, which sounds ridiculous now because with my finite mind, I could not possibly know everything about God. Therefore, the key to my worship and maybe yours too, requires a mindset shift. For us to be truly ready mentally and spiritually for what’s ahead, I am praying that the Lord will reveal to us aspects of His characters that we never knew existed, and that we find a place in His Presence that we’ve never been before, and the Holy Spirit will unlock a worship in us that we’ve never experience before.
I don’t want to realize that the Lord has tried to make spiritual shifts in my mind and soul, and I decided to stay stuck in my old way of thinking. I don’t want to be in a place where I’ve tried to maintain control of my situations and circumstances, while at the same time trying to be obedient, because to be honest, I was just not sure how the Lord was going to handle it. What about you?
For us to be truly ready mentally and spiritually for what’s ahead, we must completely trust the sovereignty of God, lean into His Holy Spirit and Worship the Lord with all that we are.…