For The Rest of Your Life- P.5 (3.20.16)

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Mark 4:35-40
[35] And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. [36] And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. [37] And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. [38] And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? [39] And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. [40] And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Jesus already gave the disciples His word, which was that they would go to the other side. This came right after He had taught them a parable, in Mark 4, about the seed of the Word and the ground in which it can be planted. God’s Word always works. Wether or not there will be a harvest depends on the type of ground the seed is planted in. The ground is the heart.

The Bible says that two things always come immediately as a result of hearing the Word of God: Faith (Romans 10:17)  and Satan (Mark 4:15). When we receive the Word of God, it is for the Word’s sake that it will be tested. We can’t let offense steal what was sown in our hearts. We must trust the Word that was given.

Mark 4:14-17
[14] The sower soweth the word. [15] And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. [16] And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; [17] And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

When you hear the Word of God on any given topic, you will be attacked in that specific area. Have faith in what the Word says and rest in that.

Jesus told the disciples they would go to the other side. He rebuked the wind because it challenged His Word that He had already given.

Mark 4:41  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

The disciples didn’t wake Jesus up because they saw the storm and thought He could do something about it. If that were true, they wouldn’t have been so amazed when the winds obeyed Jesus’ rebuke. They would have expected it. They woke Him up because they were offended that He was asleep, and not sharing in their anxiety. Jesus, however, has so much faith in the Word, that He was able to go to sleep (Mark 4:38). Anxiety robs us of rest.

In Jewish culture, a ‘day’ started at sunset. It began with rest.

Jesus knew the importance of rest as He slept on the boat. As soon as they got to the other side, He healed a man with a legion of demons, went to heal Jairus’ daughter, and healed the woman with the issue of blood.

Philippians 4:6-9– apply this Word and then don’t allow circumstances to cause you anxiety. David knew the value of trusting God’s Word.

Psalm 3:1-2,5-8 
[1] Lord , how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. [2] Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. [5] I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. [6] I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. [7] Arise, O Lord ; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. [8] Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Trust in God to take care of you.

Psalm 4:1,8
[1] Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. [8] I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord , only makest me dwell in safety.

Cast your cares on the Lord and rest in His Word.

Look at time the way you look at money. When you spend more money than you make/have, it is going to cause you anxiety. When you spend more time than you have, it is going to cause you anxiety. If you’re always going, and never resting, you will end up displacing your anger and anxieties on others.

If you don’t have any savings, you’ll be unprepared for an emergency that may cost money. When you don’t allow yourself any margin of rest, you will not be prepared if anything unexpected happens.

John 3:8 God has individual plans in all our lives that He wants to accomplish, but many of us don’t have time to be Spirit-led. We need to leave some time in our lives to allow the Spirit to direct us and do what He wants to accomplish. We must manage our commitments.

When we refuse to rest, we will pay for it in anxiety. Sleep becomes the payment for our days debt. Sleep is rest for the body. Resting, in a manor of ceasing and celebrating, is rest for the soul.

Mark 5:1-2,22,25
[1] And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. [2] And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, [22] And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, [25] And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

Your rest and your sleep should set you up for the plans that God has for you.