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By Mrs. Connie Reifsteck - April 2011
 

R. E. S. T.

 
   Webster’s Basic Dictionary defines ‘rest’ as repose; freedom from exertion or activity; pause; supporting appliance   [v.i. take rest; be supported].  When we think of Matthew 11:28 “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”, most of that definition is applicable in one way or another.
   Jesus said “come unto me”.  He knows what our life has been like, what trials we have faced or are facing, and he has the power to give us what we need. Sometimes all we need is to rest.
   As Christians we are aware of how resting in Jesus can benefit us spiritually and physically.  To the lost, the rest Jesus will give results in salvation, an ending of a conscience filled with guilt, an answer to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus can relieve us of the troubles we are struggling with.
   The following acrostic gives one way to look at the word rest.
 
R  - Renewal
 
1.  Of the mind.
   Psalm 51:10   “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” [Right or constant]
   Romans 12:2   “ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
   The world order is sinful, and we are not to conform to this world.  We need to be changed in appearance, or behavior, before men, by exercising a higher order of thinking, by keeping our mind on God and paying attention to God’s Word.   Our life should prove the love of God, and show obedience to Christ.  We need to seek to understand and follow the will of God daily, and in so doing He will be pleased with our service.
   Ephesians 4:23   “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”
   To be ‘renewed’ refers to the transformed life from uselessness to usefulness to Christ.  A transformed mind reflects moral values and ethical conduct of behavior.
   The ‘spirit of your mind’, when submissive to the Holy Spirit, controls the determination of choice in our behavior.
 
2.  Of the heart.
   Deuteronomy 5:29   “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” 
   Moses was talking to the children of Israel reminding them of their deliverance by God and the convenant He made with them, and they needed to have a heart to submit to God.
   Ezekiel 36:26   “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
   Again, this is directed to the children of Israel, but applies today.  The Lord will give His people a ‘new heart’, and will remove the hard, stubborn, and obstinate heart, affections, dispositions, and attitudes toward Him and His holiness.
   Luke 8:15   “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
   I Corinthians 15:57   “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
E  - Eternal Life
 
   John 10:28   “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
   I Timothy 6:19   “Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
   Titus 1:2   “ In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”
   I John 2:25   “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”
 
S  - Supply  our needs
 
1.  Food
   Genesis 1:29-30   “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.   And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”
   Psalm 103:5 “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
   Psalm 104:14-15   “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.”
   Matthew 6:11   “Give us this day our daily bread.”
   I Timothy 4:3-5   “3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
 
2.  Clothing
Genesis 3:21   “ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”
 
3.  For everything
   Matthew 6:26   “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
   Luke 12:7   “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
   God took care of the needs of the children of Israel while they were in the wilderness.    Deuteronomy 2:7    “For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.”
   When the country was experiencing famine, God directed Elijah to go to a place where He would provide for him.    1 Kings 17:6    “And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.”    1 Kings 17:16   “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”
   Remember the widow and her son who had just a little oil left, and thought they would perish?  2 Kings 4:6   “And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.”
   When the multitudes followed Christ, He saw to it they were fed.
   Matthew 14:20   “And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.”
   God has promised he will take care of our needs.  “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19
 
T  - Thanksgiving 
 
1.  To God
   Psalm 50:14   “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:”
 
2.  For the goodness and mercy of God
   Psalm 106: 1     “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. “
   Psalm 107:1 & Psalm 136:1    “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
 
3.  In everything
   I Thessalonians 5:18    “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
 
4.  For the nearness of God’s presence
   Psalm 75:1  “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. “
 
5.  For all things
   II Corinthians 9:11   “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. “