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Finding rest for your soul

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John 7:14–24 NKJV
14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” 16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” 20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?” 21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
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John 7:23 NKJV
23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?
The Jews were angry with Jesus for healing a man on the Sabbath
I want to pick up this idea of Sabbath.
The Sabbath is the weekly Jewish day of rest. It is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. No work was to be done on that day.
In the new covenant, we are no longer requires to observe the Sabbath.
Nonetheless, having a weekly day of rest is still a great principle to incorporate into our lives.
However, it is one thing to have physical rest; it is another to have true rest i.e. rest for our souls, otherwise known as God’s peace.
That’s what I want to focus on today - finding rest for your soul...
How can we find rest for our souls in our day to day life?

1. Through knowing who your God is

Psalm 62:1–2 NIV
1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62:5–8 NIV
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

2. Through not focusing on the success of the wicked

Their success will come to an end
Psalm 37:7–9 NKJV
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth.
e.g. might be at work place!

3. Through remembering the goodness of God towards you

Psalm 116:7–8 NKJV
7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling.

4. Through being in God's presence

Exodus 33:14 NKJV
14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

5. Through following God's guidance

Psalm 23:1–2 NKJV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

6. Through knowing that you have peace with God

Romans 5:1 NKJV
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

7. Through loving God’s word

Psalm 119:165 NKJV
165 Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Matthew 11:28–30 NKJV
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Note, “learn from Me”.
Spending time in the Word is one way we spend time with God.

8. Through being humble

Psalm 131:1–3 NKJV
1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. 2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.

9. Through righteousness

Isaiah 32:17–18 NKJV
17 The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. 18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
Jeremiah 6:16 NKJV
16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
On the other hand...
Isaiah 57:20–21 NKJV
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”
It’s important that if you sin, you confess it to God and repent. There is no rest for a guilty conscience!
1 John 1:9 NKJV
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10. Through correct thinking

Isaiah 26:3–4 NKJV
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
Romans 8:6 NKJV
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Philippians 4:8–9 NKJV
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Notice the result - and the God of peace will be with you!
And finally...

11. Through prayer

Philippians 4:6–7 NKJV
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Summary

You can find rest for your soul...
Through knowing who your God is
Through not focusing on the success of the wicked
Through remembering the goodness of God towards you
Through being in God's presence
Through following God's guidance
Through knowing that you have peace with God
Through loving God’s word
Through being humble
Through righteousness
Through correct thinking
Through prayer
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