TOPIC: TYPES OF REST
Scripture: Matthew 11: 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Yesterday, we established that rest is a mystery and that God desires His children to have rest. Today we shall examine the different types of rest.
Kinds of Rest
1. Psychological rest: It is a rest that is directed towards the mind.
The mind of a person is the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers. Most of our battles in life are won or lost in the mind before the actual battle begins. The mind is the boundary line between the body and the spirit. Information travels from our spirit to our body via the portal of the mind.
Once the mind is out of balance, life will be out of balance. Hence the mind is the most potent place of battle that the devil often fights. All the demonic oppression, suppression, depression, obsession and possession is an attempt to gain full control of the mind.
The devil knows that whoever controls your mind controls your life, so every time he is attacking your mind with falsehood, negative information, painting of wrong pictures etc, it is just to gain access to your mind. This is why the Bible said:
Matthew 11: 28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Beloved, God wants you to have rest in your soul! One aspect of your soul that needs rest is your mind( the seat of conscience, emotion and reasoning faculty).
Do you find it difficult to reason straight? Are you restless in your soul? Do you have sleepless nights for no just course? Even if there’s a just course, God does not want you to have sleeplessness or restlessness!
Any time you are restless, the devil is already attacking your mind! Those that suffer from withdrawal syndrome, it is a direct attack from hell. Do these describe your mind conditions?
I have good news for you today, God wants you free from any form of mind bondage! He wants you to have rest for your soul.
Perhaps, it is your past that is hunting after you. What you did many years ago is trailing you seriously such that you now have insomnia. Beloved I have good news for you also, there’s rest for you in God. He desires you come out of that messy situation.
Or your story is, “pastor, I have been cheated for too long, so in other to cool off my mind I have decided to take a drink or smoke away my problem.” Beloved, that will never offer you rest for your soul. It will only compound your problem. From drinking alcohol, your health will be affected, from smoking you will develop lung cancer and the depression continues. At the peak of it is suicide! Please come to Jesus now, there is still hope for you.
What are the ways to rest?
1. Absolute surrender to Jesus:
Matthew 11: 28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
2. Acquaint yourself with God :
Job 22: 21. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
3. Submit your life to the authority of God’s word;
James 1: 21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
4. Be a student of the word (Bible);
Matthew 11: 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Remember This: heaven is real and hell is real! Where will you spend eternity?
– Father thank you for your word to me today
– Lord I receive grace to walk into your rest for my life in the name of Jesus
– I declare for every soul under the torment of hell right now, your time has come for rest in the name of Jesus.
– I declare everyone who has lost sleep and peace to recover it back now as you surrender your life to Jesus today. The devil lost his foothold over your life today in the name of Jesus
From your brother Alex
God bless you.