DOZ Issue 35 September 2018 - Page 8

R in Him esting (Part Five-Identifying with Jesus’ Love Series) I n His kindness, we have a haven. He gathers us in His reassuring arms, affirming we are protected in Him. We can rest in Him. He holds and helps us through pains. He’s not threatened by our troubles. He’s already overcome them. He welcomes us to rest in Him. “Cease striving (let go, relax) and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a NASV As we identify with Jesus’ love, rest comes. What is it that weighs on our shoulders, weighs on our frame? What unresolved problems keep our mind in over-drive, searching for a logical solution? Are we desperate? We are. We analyze each angle of life. It’s emotionally exhausting. Sometimes we are breathless. Gasping. We learn to breathe easy, as we trust the One who loves us. It’s His power working in us that enables us to breathe easy. “God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13 TPT Who continually revitalizes us? God! Who implants within us the passion to do what pleases him? God! The pressure is off us. It’s on Him. Author Watchman Nee, in his book Sit Walk Stand, encourages us to sit and rest as he articulates “…in the spiritual realm, to sit down is simply to rest our whole weight—our load, ourselves, our future, everything-upon the Lord. We let him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves.” The Lord designed it this way, or we crack and crumble. « 8 DOZ Magazine September 2018 Angela Steele Pain-filled circumstances bang on the door of my heart, threatening to rob me of hope and ability to function. Clouded thoughts, heart palpitations, no appetite, and sleepless nights perpetuate problems. As we identify with Jesus’ love, we see Him already drawing us with His kindness. He is with us. He is here to stay. We journey together. He guides us. He shepherds us. “The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit, you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! Psalm 23 TPT