Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | October 4, 2011

A CALL TO REST IN HIM

Soul Rest

But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil (Proverbs 1: 33).   The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever (Isaiah 32: 17).

Holy Spirit indwells us as a deposit guaranteeing our eternal inheritance and it is through His power within us that we eventually become Christ-like in character (Epheisans 1: 11-14; Titus 3: 3-8).  HOWEVER, He does not intend to improve us or make us better and better, contrary to general opinion.  He INTENDS to bring us to fullness of death and make us new.  Transformation and change of our ‘soul/inner man’ does not once and for all reform our ‘flesh’ this side of physical death, but it slays its POWER to control us, while clothing us with the righteousness of Jesus (1 Corinthians 1: 30).

IF on this side of mankind’s ultimate perfection, Holy Spirit were to so transform/change/renew any area of a man’s flesh that he could then always rely on as the supposed righteousness of that dimension of his character, that man would inevitably CEASE TO LEAN ON JESUS and would begin to trust in His own flesh.  His perfection would thus have to be total from the get-go, or he could not escape the corruption of (self) PRIDE.  He would lose his thanksgiving, gratitude for Jesus’ continuing salvation.

Therefore, the Lord changes us that we may have confidence and rest, but ONLY IN HIS ABILITY to keep us, not in the strength of our character or will to do right.  We are taught right from the beginning of our life in Christ to put NO confidence in our own flesh, but to rest in Him.  The permanence of our change is in HIS steadfastness, not something solidly built in us except fresh ability to trust in Him (Philippians 3: 3).


Responses

  1. When we learn this very basic “trusting in Him” we enter the place of “rest” for the believer that shown in scripture Hebrews ch. 3 & 4.
    As with most things of God there is an if and then clause, like Jeremiah 7:14.
    When we do our part we will find “His Rest”.
    Our part is simple, yet very hard at the same time, “trusting in Him”, in all things, knowing that Holy Spirit knows everything we need.
    If you want perfect peace then do what Isaiah 26:3 says, and you will find “REST”
    Blessings, Ken

    • Thank you for sharing Ken!
      I read verse 3, but then went on and read Isaiah 26: 1-9 and would like to write it all out; however, will note what I see are a few ‘key’ things…vs. 1: salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks (our protection in Him) vs. 2: the righteous (right living) nation which keeps (His) truth may enter vs. 3 peace is found for all who keep their MIND STAYED ON HIM vs. 4: TRUST in the LORD JE-HO-VAH vs. 5,6: He brings down the proud vs. 7: we need to live right, do right
      vs. 8,9: that our very soul should DESIRE Him ALL the time for He judges each of us.
      Praise the Lord! 🙂

  2. From: Israel Prayer List [mailto:israel-prayer@glory-of-zion.org]
    Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 11:40 PM
    To: ggsmith@mchsi.com

    PRAYER UPDATE FROM ISRAEL (October 3, 2011)
    ________________________________________

    “Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before YHVH, to make atonement upon it, and let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness”
    (Leviticus 16:8-10).
    “Look! The Lamb of God Who carries away the sin of the world” (John 1:21)
    1. YOM KIPPUR
    This Friday evening (October 7th) at sundown begins Yom Kippur-the Day of Atonement. At that time, the entire public Jewish sector of Israel essentially closes down. Leviticus 23:26-32 solemnly commands the Hebrew people to deny themselves and to abstain from work on this day, with dire consequences if they don’t. Except for the occasional Arab driver or an emergency vehicle, the streets will be free of traffic; in fact, later in the evening and on Saturday morning many streets will be filled with strolling couples and children on bicycles and skateboards. Millions of Jews will humble themselves by fasting for 25 hours from both food and water. Kippur or kippurim may be translated ‘ransom by means of a substitute’.also included within the meaning is ‘that which covers’. On this day in Biblical times a goat was slain as a sin offering, its blood taken by the High Priest into the veil of the Holy of Holies and sprinkled on and before the Mercy Seat (Hebrew: kaporet); a second goat, with the sins of the nation confessed over it, was led far into the Judean desert and released. It was considered ‘damned’ (today in Israel a common curse expletive is the Hebrew for “scapegoat”).
    As the ninth chapter of a First Century epistle written to Messianic Jews emphasizes, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Yet with the destruction of the Second Temple, blood sacrifice in Judaism came to an end. On Yom Kippur all religious Jews and many non-religious will spend the day in the Synagogues, confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness and a “Good Signature” in the Book of Life for the coming year. Yet something is missing. A question which rabbinic Judaism has never been able satisfactorily to answer is, “But, where is the blood?” Although there are various traditional ways in which its necessity in the present age is argued away, many obviously do not find these convincing. Each year during the days immediately preceding Yom Kippur an area in Jerusalem’s large open-air market may be found reserved for stacks and stacks of coops bearing live chickens. Here one may pay an ultra-Orthodox man to be allowed to swing a chicken over one’s head while reciting the following, “This is my substitute, this is my commutation; this chicken goes to death; but may I be gathered and enter into a long and happy life and into shalom.” The bird is then slain and its body given to the poor for food. We do not hold in contempt those who blindly seek cleansing through this practice; yet this, no more than in ancient times, “can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.”
    From Norma
    “I grew up fasting on Yom Kippur from a very early age. Because we lived a block from the synagogue, family members and friends often spent the ‘breaks’ from the service in my parents’ home. I remember that for years, I would ask my dad, my uncles, my cousins, my rabbi: ‘Where is the sacrifice? Where is it? If we follow all these rules and regulations, where is the sacrifice?’ Once I became a believer in Yeshua, it all made sense to me. I know that this burning question in my young heart was the Holy Spirit pulling me towards the atoning life of Yeshua. How thankful I am He worked on me and gave me an inquiring heart!”
    As there were two goats, there must be both a blood sacrifice for sin and a “sin-bearer”. Yochanan (John) saw Yeshua coming to him as he was immersing those who had repented in the Jordan River, and he called out, “Hineh! Seh haElohim ha’noseh hatat ha’Olam!’-“Look! The Lamb of God who carries away the sin of the world.” King David understood this. In Psalm 25 he twice asks for forgiveness of sins.yet the word often translated forgiveness in verse 18 is different than that used in vs. 11; in the first the word means “forgive”, in the second it literally means “bear away”. Forgiveness of sin requires both a blood sacrifice to cleanse, and a sin bearer to carry it away. Verse 22 calls on Elohim to ‘Redeem Israel from all his troubles.” She can never do it herself-only her God can provide complete redemption, and that through the work of His Son.
    PLEASE PRAY:
    *That during this time of soul searching, the Holy Spirit of God would move on Jewish hearts around the world, convicting of sin, righteousness and judgment-and in kindness leading to repentance, life, and freedom.
    *That in that kindness would be revelation that it is impossible to atone for our own sin or to be made righteous by our own efforts.
    *That there would be revelation about the Blood of Messiah-that the blood of bulls and goats in the past (or of a chicken today) is not enough.
    *For Israel’s protection from her enemies. 38 years ago she was attacked on this day by Egypt and Syria while most of the nation was in synagogues seeking pardon for their sins.
    ________________________________________
    2. A MONTH OF THE PRAISES AND PRAYERS OF THE NATIONS IN JERUSALEM!
    “Rejoice O nations with His People.” (Deuteronomy 32:43).
    “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him” (Isaiah 62:11).
    This week there are many hundreds of believers from the nations in Israel attending the All Nations Convocation held at Ramat Rachel in south Jerusalem. The Convocation convenes each year between the Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur; the days are filled with high praise, worship, teaching, meeting others form around the world to intercede and to pray for Israel. The following week thousands more will arrive to join in celebrating the eight-day Festival of Succot (Tabernacles). We are so grateful. This is a time when in a special way the praises and petitions of the nations invade the atmosphere over Jerusalem.
    PLEASE PRAY:
    *That the Holy Wind of God fill those whom He has brought up to His land, awakening high prophetic praise and worship and intercession. That all proclamations, decrees and declarations which He has ordained to take place through the visiting Gentile body visiting Israel these weeks be released in power!
    *That visiting believers receive new and strategic revelation regarding this city, land and people which will equip them to stand and pray effectively on Israel’s behalf after returning to their own countries. That the Spirit will release discernment which will enable them better to separate truth and falsehood from media reports regarding Israel in days ahead.
    *That religious spirits assigned to bring confusion or contention into God’s work among the servants He has brought here be silenced and bound.
    *Pray for a spirit of courtesy and gratefulness to manifest and be evident in the Israeli body during this season-That we recognize the gift which the presence of our brothers and sisters from the nations is to us-that we open our arms and hearts to bless and receive it.
    ________________________________________

  3. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlVibpNfK-Q)

    I was listening to Brian Doerkson in my worship time this AM and this song was one I had not heard. I have never tried to embed a utube song into the blog before but if this works, you’ll be seeing/hearing alot:) I pray you will be blessed and will just fold yourself into the LOVE of God as you listen. Just click on the above URL address and turn your sound on…

    “God touch my brothers and sisters in their areas of need; let them experience Your love for them in a unique and special way. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”


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