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Resting in CHRIST, Relying on CHRIST

Günaydın young olive tree! Wherever you are, may JESUS strengthen you and the HOLY SPIRIT teach you.

And the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS. (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the LORD. (Romans 12:19, NKJV)

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105, NKJV)

To rest in CHRIST is to unload on CHRIST. To rest in CHRIST is to accept that we can't do everything all the time. To rest in CHRIST is not to feel guilty when we take time for personal retreat or rest 🙂 GOD doesn't love you because of what you do. GOD loves you because he chose to love you from the beginning. To rest in CHRIST is to let him heal the wounds of your soul. Relying on CHRIST is trusting. Trusting him doesn't mean expecting him to do what we want. Trusting him means expecting him to do what he thinks is right, when and how he wants to do it. It means believing that He is able to fulfill His Word, and that He will indeed do so. It means having the firm assurance that he will meet our needs. It means trusting him in all circumstances. Relying on CHRIST means relying on him, not on ourselves. Relying on CHRIST means walking in obedience, not sitting in laziness. Relying on CHRIST means listening to him before acting. True faith waits in obedience. True faith is preparing for what GOD will do.

GOD is GOD. He is not surprised by any event. He is peace, life and resurrection (John 11:25-26, John 6:63). There is nothing insurmountable in CHRIST. Think about who GOD is. Proclaim who he is. It doesn't matter if you cry, if you're angry or if you're oppressed. Truth is stronger than sentiment and feelings. Sooner or later, you'll win this battle. Sooner or later, you will be healed of this wound.

It's okay if you don't want to talk for a while. It's okay if your prayers are short and simple. Give priority to adoration. This is not the time for fighting or asking. Appreciate GOD's presence even in his silence. He is the one who says, I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5). The FATHER gave what was dearest to him for your salvation (John 3:16). He didn't do it to abandon you along the way. You will overcome this trial. You will not die. You will live and tell of the LORD's goodness (Psalms 118:17). For all things work together for good to those who love GOD, to those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 12:19). You will say, "My ear had heard of you; But now my eye has seen you." (Job 42:5). You will shout Praise be to you my rock, redeemer of my life! (2 Samuel 2:23, Psalms 18:2). You will testify that his goodness is great and that his faithfulness endures forever (Psalms 117:2).

You can't lean on someone if you don't think that person is solid, trustworthy, or capable of supporting you. In the same way, you can't lean on GOD if you don't know or believe that he can heal your soul, that he wants to heal your soul, and that he will heal your soul. Can an adult sit comfortably on a child's chair? Can you carry someone heavier than you on your back?

JESUS is much more than an adult chair. Don't you think he's trustworthy? He's known every kind of pain. He's been rejected, abandoned, betrayed, humiliated, abused, and so on. Have you lost someone close to you? The FATHER gave his son (John 3:16), the SON was abandoned by the FATHER (Matthew 27:46). JESUS bore our sufferings and took on our sorrows (Isaiah 53:3-5). What could he be incapable of healing you from? Isn't he almighty (Luke 1:37, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Jeremiah 32:27, Psalms 145:3, Revelation 1:8)? Is He not the master of time and circumstance (Daniel 2:21)? No man, no adversity can diminish the love GOD has for you. It's up to you to believe! Faith doesn't happen by chance. You must choose to believe. No one will believe in GOD for you, because GOD doesn't love anyone instead of you. I repeat, no one will believe in GOD for you. GOD doesn't love you by default. GOD doesn't love you because someone doesn't love him. GOD loves you because he chose to love you from the beginning.

Why should you let adversity rob you of your joy? Why would you let mockery, slander, and backbiting rob you of your peace? Why would you let anxiety prophesy over your life? Why would you trust the word of unbelievers? Who is your Creator? Do you not know your GOD? Don't you know what his name is? Have you forgotten what he has already done in your life and the lives of millions of others? Isn't the LORD the creator of time? Then why are you impatient? Why are you restless?

It's not over until GOD finishes. It's not over until GOD is over. It's not over as long as you rest in CHRIST. It's not over as long as you rely on CHRIST. It's not over as long as you believe, as long as you worship, as long as you give thanks, as long as you praise, as long as you obey, as long as you walk in repentance, as long as his word renews you, as long as you are alive through CHRIST, in CHRIST, and for CHRIST.

It is written :

  • And the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS. (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)

  • Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27, NKJV)

  • JESUS said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11: 25-26, NKJV)

  • I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8, NKJV)

  • But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV)

  • Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the LORD. (Romans 12: 19, NKJV)

  • The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; (Isaiah 35:1, NKJV).

  • JESUS said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the FATHER except through Me". (John 14:6, NKJV)

  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1: 9, NKJV)

  • For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD. (Romans 8 :38-39, NIV)

  • All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your GOD who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:11-13, NIV)

  • My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalms 121:2, NIV)

  • Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on GOD; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for GOD is our refuge. (Psalms 62:6-8, NKJV)

  • Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalms 119:105, NIV)

  • The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. (Jeremiah 31: 3-4, NKJV)

  • Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3: 21-23, NIV)

Do you know that GOD never lies? If, then, you know that CHRIST is eternal, why would you be in doubt, fear, bitterness, jealousy, covetousness, despair, fornication, idolatry, hatred? 🙂 GOD doesn't ask you to pretend. He's asking you to listen to his Word, read his Word, value his Word, give thanks for his Word, meditate on his Word, believe his Word, proclaim his Word, pray with his Word, sing with his Word, act on his Word and live with his Word. The woman with the blood loss was talking to herself (Mark 5: 25-34). She said to herself, "Even if I only touch her clothes, I'll be healed." (Mar 5:28, Segond 21) 🙂 What if you said to yourself, "Even if I only cling to one word, if I only cling to one word, I will be healed, strengthened, restored, renewed, inspired, restored, comforted, filled, etc." Rest in CHRIST and rely on CHRIST. Step by step, you'll get there, because GOD will sustain you.


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