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Rest…

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Every morning I use to listen for a word or phrase from the Lord for the day. My wife and I now have devotions every morning, so I’ve gotten away from asking for a word for the day, though it’s still a good idea. Well, one Friday a few years ago, the word that came to me was, “Rest.”

A good word, I thought. Rest in His love, Rest in the knowledge that He is in control, that He knows what’s best.

But as the day went on and the problems and concerns kept weighing on my mind that word, “Rest” just didn’t work. Try as I might, the worries of the day, of the season I have been going through just kept creeping in. Rest, I kept saying to myself, Rest in the knowledge that all things are working for good. That He is in control and knows what He’s doing.

But by the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough. “Lord,” I said, “that’s a hard word to keep.” Rest alone just wasn’t enough to get me through the day. I kept thinking, “How is this going to work out? How am I going to do this and that? What is God going to do about the other?”

All I could say at the end of the day was, “Lord, I’m trying, but it’s really hard. I’m trying to Rest, but I can’t do it.”

That Saturday morning, I heard these words, “Grace and Peace.”

Well, I thought. Peace means just about the same thing as Rest, but when you add Grace in front of it, it makes a big difference. A simple enough word, Grace, that undeserved, unmerited favor that is God’s gift to us.

One definition of Grace I heard once is, getting what you don’t deserve. While the definition of Mercy is, Not getting what you do deserve.

When you really think about it, none of us deserve the Blessings God has given us. We are all sinners; we have all fallen short and missed the mark. But God still Blesses us, saves us. None of us deserve to go to Heaven, to have Eternal life with Him. But He gives it to us as a free gift, through His Grace and Mercy.

When I look back at my life and see all the many Blessing He has given me, even though I didn’t know Him the way I do now, I’m amazed. It was truly Amazing Grace.

And so, when I put Grace in front of Peace, I get the power to Rest. Knowing that He is in control and in charge and that all things do work for good. Just because HE is who HE is, Because HE so Loved me, that HE sent His son to Die for me.

Grace and Peace, made all the difference in the world to how I looked at my problems that Saturday. They were the same problems, the same concerns I had Friday. But with Grace out in front of that word, “Peace,” I can Rest in the knowledge that no matter how badly I’ve messed up, God is doing what is best for me. And all things are working together for good. AS the Lord said to Paul, “My Grace is sufficient.”

Saturday was a much easier day to get through. Every time a problem crept into my mind, all I had to do was think, Grace and Peace, and the problem seemed to fade away.

Sunday morning came and the Lord put it all together.

The word I received from Him that day was, “Love.” And I thought, that’s a good word. But then I started putting it together with the other words I received the previous days and what I found really blew me away.

See what you think…

“Rest” in “Grace and Peace” with “Love.”

Rest in Grace and Peace with Love.

Rest in the fact that God will Bless you through His Grace and give you Peace, because He Loves you.

Rest in the knowledge that God’s Grace is sufficient to give you Peace because He Loves you.

Rest in the Love of God. Know that through His Grace you are saved and will have Peace.

It all comes down to Trusting in God and His word.

He died for You.

He took the pain that should have been yours.

Look back through your life. And realize that Every Good Thing that has happened to you is a Blessing from God, a Gift, through His Grace, because of His Love for you, and Rest in the Peace that comes from that knowledge.

Here are some verses to think help you understand…

John 1:17

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:24

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 2:4-10

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 4:7

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

James 4:6

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 14:27

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 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Romans 5:1

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have* peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Philippians 4:6-7

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.

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