The winds were cruel outside the old frame house, and the snow had piled up against the door. A single airtight heater roared in the middle of the living-room, fighting against the cold that seeped in through the thin walls. A person could stay warm if they didn’t move away from the heater — but it was not possible for me, having the care of seven children, to remain close to the fire. I put on my husband’s thick socks and pulled on my overshoes and went to the cold kitchen to prepare a meal. It seemed like any other day in my life as a missionary to the Indians in Canada’s northland. The same battle with the cold was there; the same struggle was present to put food on the table to nourish the seven children in my care.
Yet, this day was to be like none other! This day, in the early sixties, was to start me on a quest that was to last for many years. It was not an impossible quest, like searching for "the end of the rainbow.". It was a quest that would be fulfilled as I sought the Lord with all my heart.
As I worked in my primitive kitchen, suddenly the Lord was speaking strange and mighty words into my spirit. I heard Him say: "I covenant with you this day to bring you into My Rest." I seemed as one struck dumb with awe. I felt like saying with Gideon, ". . . my family is poor. . . and I am the least in my father’s house" Judges 6:15.
The word covenant seemed so strong to me. I felt that was something that God would speak only to an Abraham, but who was I that He should make a covenant with me? At my quaking, the Spirit repeated these words three times in all. I did not at all understand what these words could mean. Why a "covenant"? What did He mean by "His Rest"? In spite of my questionings, I felt I must respond somehow to this mighty word as best I could. I thanked the Lord for His promise to bring me into His Rest and asked Him to teach me what His Rest was. Thus began my seeking for His Rest for many years, and He has kept His covenant to bring me into His Rest. Now, He has spoken to my heart to share my quest with all those unto whom this covenant is given — even all who will seek Him with their whole hearts!
When the Lord purposes to teach you His Word, He doesn’t simply speak it to you. He also inworks it through the things of this life— more often than not, through the things that you suffer. Our first lesson on the rest of God was a homely example, but one that we would never forget.
One Sunday morning, we were praying with the other missionary couple before we left to hold a service in the next town. To our surprise, the Spirit spoke to the missionary’s wife that we were not to hold a service that day, but instead were to stay home and weed the gardens!
This shook us all — our heavens and our earth. My earth felt, "I’ve been weeding those gardens all week. I need a rest!" My heavens cried, "But the Lord said we were not to work on the Sabbath but are to honor Him. How could our working in the garden be honoring to Him? And, lastly, what will the people think when we don’t come — and we can’t even let them know!"
But, we obeyed the Lord even though we didn’t understand. We reluctantly changed back into our work clothes and all went out to pull weeds on the Sabbath Day.
A few hours later, a car pulled up. It was the one white couple who attended our meetings with the Indians — and the only ones were able to help us in any way financially. They had come to see "if there was anything wrong." We rushed inside, washed up and put on the tea. They looked at us as if to say, "So — you are working on the Sabbath Day when you should have been holding a meeting! You had better have a good excuse for this!" The unspoken words were electric in the air.
We had no excuse. The Lord had led us to work and we simply obeyed Him. The other missionaries told this angry couple that we would meet that evening and would explain to them why we were working on the Sabbath. As soon as they left, we all began to cry unto the Lord for understanding, for we saw we were being an offense unto His people for not keeping His Sabbath-Rest.
That evening, the Spirit of the Lord opened up the mystery of the Sabbath Day and His Rest unto our wondering ears. At last I could begin to understand what I was seeking for! The Lord opened up Hebrews, Chapter Four, in a very real manner. His words came alive: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief" Heb. 4:9-11.
The speaker made it so real that we did not break the Sabbath by working, for the work was not "our own". It was something that the Lord had asked us to do. We were in His rest when we were doing His work. We had to cease from our own works, or way, which would have been to go to the meeting. The Lord said His way was to weed our gardens. He succeeded in getting our attention so that He might show us what the Sabbath-rest really meant.
We heard later that the couple who had come out to see us did not understand at all what the Spirit was teaching us, and had roast missionary for evening lunch after the meeting. They never came to another meeting. But from that time on, we experienced great liberty in learning to keep His rest. We found that His Sabbath was not just a day to be kept holy where one would do no menial work. It was a people who would yield themselves to do His will rather than their own. They would choose to cease from their own ways! It was a realm of spirit where the Lord ruled!
There are a number of denominations that are based on keeping the Sabbath on the correct day. Some maintain that is the first day of the week and others hold to the seventh, or the last day, almost as if their salvation depended upon keeping the right day. If you want to keep the right day according to the type and shadow, it is the seventh day, for that is the day when God rested. I guarantee you, though, that you will not win any righteousness before God by keeping the seventh day as your Sabbath!
If you have not ceased from doing your own works, and refuse to let self rule in your life, you can’t keep any day holy! But if you do let the Lord rule, and you labour to put self under and to let the Spirit have His way in your life, you will walk in His holy Sabbath every day of the week! You shall enter that holy realm of rest for which the Lord went before you to seek out. His rest is a people walking in the realm of His Spirit.
I thought of the 1500 years that the Sabbath was kept very strictly under the law, and how the day is still kept in this day of grace. Was refraining from labour on a certain day the Sabbath Rest? Or was it keeping a certain day holy? The answer I found in Col. 2:16,17: "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."
A shadow means a representation, a sample which gives us an idea of what the real thing is. But it is not, itself, the real thing! But until the real thing comes into view, the Lord requires us to keep the shadow so that we will recognize the real when it comes. The Sabbath-Rest is a very important spiritual principle when you consider how diligently the Lord caused His people to fulfil the shadow of this mighty truth.
Now, beloveds, we have come to the time when "the shadows flee away" and we are invited by the Lord to enter in to the reality of which they spoke. I learned that I am in His rest — working or not working — when I am doing His will and not my own. This was the first solid step that I was able to take in seeking for His rest.
While on the mission-field, one evening as we four were praying together, the Spirit spoke to us: "Consider not your pillows, but seek Me all the night." This was an unexpected word because we had been looking forward to our pillows. We kept each other awake all night and prayed as diligently as we could, always with the thought in the back of our minds that we’d catch a nap the next day.
That didn’t happen. We all kept busy with the children, household chores, and the Indians who came by. That evening, while saying our evening prayer, again the Lord asked us to seek Him all the night!
In all, the Lord asked us to seek Him for three nights in a row! And it seemed we couldn’t fit in a nap in the daytime, so the four of us went for three days and three nights without any sleep. As the third day dawned, the presence of the Lord was so strong that we all took off our shoes because we felt we were standing on holy ground. Then the missionary’s wife had a vision of a man-child being born. At the time we didn’t really understand what that meant. But when we went to do our day’s work we marveled that we had as much strength as we had before we started praying for those three days. I expected to find bags under my eyes after all this time without any rest, but I looked the same as always and felt just fine!
The Lord impressed upon us that He had given us a foretaste of His resurrection-life that we could expect to receive at the dawning of the third day, the day of His Sabbath-Rest. This was a mighty sign to us that we can expect resurrection in this New Day!
The Book of Genesis is well-named when it is referred to as the blueprint of the Bible. In it are found all the main teachings and building blocks of our faith. What we see in Genesis in seed-form we will see running as a golden thread throughout the whole of scripture culminating in the fullness of the harvest, or of the completed building, in the Book of Revelation. By this we may test the truth of any doctrine. First, is it in the blueprint? Secondly, is it in the finished building?
The "first mention" of the Rest of the Lord is made in Gen. 2:3 ‘And God blessed (set apart) the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." From here we can follow that golden thread of truth until we come to the place where we find ourselves invited to enter that Rest in the Day of the Lord — the seventh day (into which we are now entering).
Peter introduces us to God’s prophetic time-clock. "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" I Peter 3:8. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. . . " vs. 10.
God worked for six days, or six thousand years, and then He rested on the seventh, or Sabbath day. This seven thousandth day is also called the Day of the Lord. Man’s number is six, and he has wrought for six thousand years and now finds at the end of his day that all is vanity and emptiness. He has but brought forth wind and has not brought forth deliverance or righteousness in the earth. His own arm has most surely failed him as the Lord said it would. Man has no answers for the great problems that greed and selfishness have created. He has never been in greater need of a Saviour than he is now! The end of the sixth day finds man still taking counsel of man and not of God. He knows not that man’s day has come to an end and God’s Day is at hand!
For this reason, the Lord is opening up the reality of the seventh day — His Sabbath Rest — unto a remnant of his people who shall not be faithless, but believing, and shall be "His willing people in the day of His power." Not only does the Lord have rest in this day, but His Own rest with Him, as they cease from their self-works and allow the Spirit to rule from their throne.
We see the rest again, in Egypt, where the children of Israel were bearing heavy burdens of labor and servitude. Moses said to Pharaoh: ". . . let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God. . . " Ex. 5:3.
When at last they were delivered from their burdens and began to journey through the wilderness, the scriptures speak again about a three days’ journey. Upon leaving Mount Sinai, ". . . the ark of the covenant of Yahvah was going before them a journey of three days, to search out for them a resting-place" Num. 10:33 Rotherham.
The Lord opened up these scriptures to my understanding. The Holy Spirit was not simply speaking of a literal journey of miles after which they could camp and rest. No! He was speaking prophetically here about a three-day journey from the cross of Christ to the Day of the Lord, even three days unto His Sabbath-Rest. From Adam to Christ was four days, or four thousand years. The Church Age has been two days, or two thousand years. That leaves us now at the end of six days or six thousand years. The day of man is at its close and God’s Seventh Day is now open for His remnant to enter in.
Our three-day journey is two days from the cross, unto the third day, the day of His Rest into which we are even now entering. The third day and the seventh day are the same day! The Lord Jesus Christ has surely gone before us seeking out this resting-place for us. This place of rest is a realm of spirit where "we do only those things that we see with our Father", and "of ourselves we can do nothing." We have ‘ceased from our own works even as He did from His! Only then can we lay down the burden of sin and self-rule.
In this light the Spirit spoke to my heart, "I am bringing you to an utter emptiness of self that you have not known. In this place you shall feel, in a deeper way, your great need to have Me rule in every area of your life, in every thought, in every deed.
"Be not afraid of this operation that I am performing in thy life, for it is a necessary stage of thine entering-in — coming to the complete, utter end of trusting in your own ways. You cannot even remain in My rest unless I do keep thee in that place.
"I am setting thy soul free from the weight of ruling (ordering its own way), so that it can express the joy of finding its pure delight in Me. It has been unfettered by the security of the Rest in My Spirit that I have brought thee into and now has abundant assurance that My Spirit within thee can be trusted to rule."
Our forefathers would sing with tears about crossing over Jordan River and reaching the Promised Land. To them it spoke of heaven, a place of rest after earth’s labors. But we live in a day when great light of understanding has been brought unto us and we know that Jordan signifies death-to-self and the Promised Land is that realm of the fullness of the Spirit where we walk when we rise to newness of life. And when you taste of this new realm, it is heaven indeed — except you don’t have to go to some other place to get it!
Bear in mind that what Israel walked out in the natural were signs for us upon whom "the ends of the age" have come. The scriptures speak much of the rest during the time that Israel was pressing in to possess the Promised Land. In Deut. 12:9 the Lord tells them," For ye are not yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you." He goes on to tell them that some great obstacle must be surmounted before they can enter that land of rest. They must first go over Jordan!
"Dying to self," eating no longer from "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," living from the "new creation man rather than the adamic" — all of these are expressions of what the Jordan River means to us. And the scriptures say that this carnal realm must be overcome — even dried up — in order to come into the realm of His rest.
And when Jordan is passed over — and you find yourself "as good as dead" to the ways of the natural man, the Lord admonishes you: "Remember that which Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; How he encountered thee by the way, and cut off in thy rear, all the wornout behind thee, thou thyself being weary and worn, how he feared not Elohim. Therefore . . . when thy Elohim hath given thee rest... in the land. . . for an inheritance, thou shalt wipe out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens; thou shalt not forget’ Deut. 25:17-19.
Amalek is a well-known type of the fleshly carnal man. We are assured that he shall be subdued and in our spiritual heavens we shall no longer consider the ways of that old man. For us, he will be truly slain, no longer able to afflict and oppress us when we are weary, for we have attained unto the place of His rest where all our enemies have been subdued! We will not soon forget that we cannot trust the flesh — our own or another’s!
In the lives of these two famous kings lies a deep understanding of God’s rest. Before ever Solomon was born, David had a deep desire to build a house "unto the name of the Lord my God." But the Lord would not permit it, saying, ". . . thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth. . . " I Chron. 22:8. David was a man of war. The Lord told him that he would have a son who would be a man of rest. To him would be given peace and quietness and rest from his enemies for all of his days. Of Solomon He said, "He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father. . . " vs. 9.
The Lord is telling us plainly here that a man of war cannot build a spiritual house "unto the name of the Lord." His name means His nature — and His nature is love and peace — not war! As long as the striving of flesh against spirit continues in us, no rest can come. There must be a full surrender unto the Prince of Peace — our Solomon — so that He might reign supreme. We are His temple and as long as we show a nature of war and striving, we cannot show forth His true nature to the world. It will take a man of rest who has come into peace and love and the nature of the Lord to build a spiritual house, that temple which we are!
When Solomon’s Temple had been built, in the prayer of dedication, Solomon said: "Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place. . . II Chron. 6:41. Fire came down from heaven in answer to that prayer, and the priests could not stand to minister because the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
I declare unto you, my brethren, that when the glory of God fills this temple that we are, no man shall be able to minister. The ministry shall proceed from that New Creation man who has come into His rest within us. No longer shall we function from the adamic, for he shall not be able to stand before God. We shall minister from the realm of rest where Solomon rules within because our "man of war" nature has died!
Those who do not know the Lord’s ways cannot enter His rest. "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into My rest" Psa. 95:10,11.
We are exhorted to let our soul (mind, will, emotions) rest in the Lord — in the comfort of His abiding presence within. "Return unto thy rest, O my soul. . . " Psa. 116:7.
The Lord tells us He dwells in Zion and His rest is there. "For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it as a dwelling for Himself: This is My place of rest unto futurity, here will I dwell for I have desired it. . . " Psa. 132:13,14. Since God has told us where His rest is and where He has chosen to dwell, we should be able to find that place and dwell there in rest with Him. We shall be like the children of Israel who said, ‘Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten" Jer. 50:5. They were indicating they would go there if only they knew the way to find this Zion where God dwells.
Zion was the highest hill in Jerusalem and many psalms sing its praises. Is that simply because it is a beautiful mountain? No, it is because it speaks of a high realm in God. We could say that everyone
who comes in to God is an Israelite after the spirit. If they begin to walk more closely with God and receive the Baptism of the Spirit, they enter Jerusalem and become a part of the Bride who has a closer relationship with the King.
There are yet those who are not satisfied until they reach the top of Mount Zion. King David ruled from Zion. These are sons of God in a different relationship as walking in the high place in the Spirit from which Christ rules over His own house — whose house we are. This remnant people are ". . the joy of the whole earth; . . Mount Zion, . . the city of the great king."
Jesus prayed, ". . . that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am. . "Jn. 17:24. Where was Jesus when He uttered this prayer? His feet were on this earth but His Spirit was in heavenly places. He was in the rest that He has prepared for us and He was desiring us to know that place of Zion — that place where the Spirit rules and we love to have it so!
His rest is a realm of spirit where we have ceased "doing our own pleasure", our "own ways" or "speaking our own words." It is a place of full yieldedness and surrender of the self to God in every respect! It is not being of a certain race, living in a certain country, keeping a certain day, or observing certain rules — the rest of God is a people wholly given, as was Jesus, to letting God have His way in their lives! In this we find rest, and the Spirit of God finds rest in us!
The Lord put forth a wondrous mystery when He said, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
Foxes are pictured as those "sneaky things" that "spoil the vine" by eating away secretly at the young, tender vines so that the plant’s growth is hindered. These could be undisciplined thoughts, negative emotions, bitter reactions that eat away our fruitfulness. It seems we always give "the foxes" some room in our "house."
Birds of the air was explained by the Lord to mean evil spirits. We open ourselves, at times, to give them "a nest" in which to work. Man always seems willing to provide a place for "the birds of the air."
The poignant cry of the Spirit of God comes through so clearly here. Jesus is saying: "I want to give you My Mind instead of yours, My heart instead of your stony heart; My nature in place of yours. I want to be able to rest My Head — My spiritual mind — upon the shoulders of My Body in the earth! I want a place where I may find REST —where My will shall be done in your earth — as it is done in My Father’s heavenly realm."
In the years that I have been seeking His rest, one thing I have known was necessary, and that was "to put on the mind of Christ", and to cease from ordering My own life and doing My own ways. This required a constant awareness and a "pulling-in of the reins" of my own will until I came to the place where I felt secure and could find rest only when I knew I was doing the Father’s will and not my own.
It has not been easy, nor has it been a quick work, but it has been thorough and the Spirit witnesses that I have come into His rest. I do not claim to be perfect, nor to always "get it right", but I do know the rest that I walk in is new and real. I still go "in and out" somewhat, but my soul so delights in this place of His rest, that I am pressing in to remain there always.
Foretastes have been granted me from time to time so that I might know when I am in that realm of rest and when I am not. About three years ago, returning from a ministry trip to the U.S., the Lord set before me our whole day — our crossing the border, where we would go and who we would see. In the midst of being so led, the Spirit reminded me of the covenant He had made with me so many years ago that He would bring me into His rest. It was as if He were saying, "This day is this word fulfilled in your ears."
The security of knowing that we were doing exactly what the Lord wanted all that day gave us such an unspeakable joy that I cannot even express it. Isa. 58:13,14 says it well. It says that if we call his sabbath-rest a delight — honoring Him by not doing our own ways, or finding our own pleasure, or speaking our own words — then we shall delight in the Lord and ride upon the high places (realm of spirit).
I was so "thrilled with Jesus" that for several weeks I could hardly sleep at night. My body was tired but my spirit was soaring and I could not shut it down. I would just lie there for hours rejoicing in God my Saviour. I knew that I had come into a new place in the spirit. Since that time I’m aware of walking in "a quiet resting place" with Him and He is teaching me how to guard that place so that no anxious care may enter in to disturb.
The Lord opened up Isaiah, chapter 58 to my spiritual understanding. For a period of a year He impressed certain verses upon my heart until I "got the message." I did not, at first, understand that it had anything to do with the sabbath-rest, but I found that this chapter gives explicit details about the nature of His rest that are not found anywhere else. I shall take the liberty of expressing some of this in my own words.
I saw that there were two dispensations shown forth here. One is called "the fast of man" and the other, "the fast of the Lord." The "fast of man" portrays how things have been in the Church Age. The "fast that the Lord has chosen" shows what it would be like if His children walked in His Spirit, in the realm of His Sabbath-Rest.
"The fast of man" depicts a people who "take delight in approaching to God." They act like a nation (denomination) that had done righteousness, when in fact, they have forsaken the true ways of God. They fast, make long prayers, bow down their heads and cover themselves with sackcloth and ashes. And then they complain to the Lord, "Why have we fasted and You haven’t seen us? Why, we have humbled ourselves and You haven’t even noticed!"
The Lord’s answer goes right to the heart of the matter. He says, "Lo, in the day of your fast ye take pleasure" (You’re proud of doing this!) "Lo, for strife and contention ye fast, to smite with the fist of lawlessness, ye shall not fast as ye do today, to cause your voice to be heard on high! Just because you make an outward show of being humble, you expect Me to bless you? Is it such a fast as this that I have chosen?"
After this sound rebuke, the Lord tells them what His fast is like.
"Is not this the fast that I must ever choose, to unbind the tight cords of lawlessness, to unloose the bands of the yoke, and to let the crushed go free, and that every yoke ye tear off" Vs. 6, Roth. Feed the hungry — clothe the naked — and hide not from your own flesh (from the things that are in you that need to be cleansed and brought to the cross.
Now come the rewards for keeping the Lord’s fast: "Thy light (understanding) shall break forth — thine health shall spring forth (even as thy soul prospers!) and thy righteousness shall go before thee." And that’s not all! How do you like this? It is the answer to all our heartfelt longings! "When you call, the Lord shall answer; when you cry unto Him, He shall say, "Here I am." Have we not longed that He would answer our every cry?
Again, our part is to cease from the ministry of condemnation — from ". . . the putting forth of the finger and speaking vanity (emptiness, death). The Spirit brought this verse before me for days. After showing us a right heart-attitude, He exhorts us to draw out our soul to the hungry and afflicted (not necessarily physical ). The reward for doing that is again — light — "thy light shall rise in obscurity" (from being a nobody you will be as one who is sought out). Thy darkness shall be as the noon day. Noon day is the highest point of light in the day, so that signifies that we shall know no darkness, Notice that when the Lord lists His blessings, He always considers His light to be the highest and greatest blessing He could bestow upon us. It is always first on the list. If we have spiritual understanding we walk in the light as He is in the light and there is no darkness in us at all.
All the spiritual blessings we have longed for are given to those who keep the Lord’s Sabbath, or fast. Have you dreamed of being led always by the Spirit? (This is the earmark of the sons of God). He promises to such: ". . . the Lord shall guide you continually — satisfy you in dry times — make fat thy bones with the anointing — make you like a watered garden and a spring of water. You shall be called, "A repairer of broken walls, a restorer of paths leading home" Roth. vs.12.
The Lord is here making quite clear the distinction between the in-part realm and the fullness to be experienced in the Kingdom Age. In vs. 13 and 14, He ties it in with His sabbath-rest and assures us that when we honor Him by not doing our own ways, He will feed us with the inheritance of Jacob our father.
What inheritance is that? It is the covenant our holy God made
with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to bring us into His Promised Land —
His Rest —His seventh Day — the place that Jesus went to seek out
for us in His three-day journey. It is a realm of spirit where
we come to abide with Him — always doing those things that please Him
and finding our delight in doing His ways. This covenant was
not only given unto our fathers but it is given to us in this day — unto
each one who will give the Lord his whole heart!
I have no words to express the delight I have felt in experiencing the Lord’s rest, so I am going to let the Holy Spirit tell you what I cannot. Simply put, Isaiah says, ". . . His rest shall be glorious." (11:10). I have found it so! He also says, "The whole earth (our earth!) is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing." Surely we shall sing for joy when we have found that rest for which the Lord went before us to seek out! Our three day’s journey has culminated in our finding that "rest that remaineth for the people of God." And when we have found it, we break forth into singing!
"And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places", Isa. 32:18 tells us. And the Lord of all the earth assures us that "For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth" Isa. 62:1. This is so beautiful! God assures us He will not rest — or cease working upon His creation — until His righteousness comes forth in them! And then, in verse 7, He give us permission to ". . . give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem (His people), a praise in the earth." Isn’t that something! We can "hold Him" to His purposes!
We cannot help but hear the cry of the spirit in Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7:48-50: "Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands. . . Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?" The prophet continues in Isa. 66:2, ". . . but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." He is saying clearly that the place of His rest is with one who is yielded to His word and gives Him the place that He desires, to rule in his heart.
Jeremiah 50:4-6 tells of a time when Babylon and her idols are broken down. "In those days, and in that time. . . the children of Israel shall come . . . going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant. . . My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray. . .they have gone from mountain to hill. . . they have forgotten their resting place."
I am happy to report that this is the Day and this is the time that Babylon is taken and her idols are being destroyed. God’s people are seeking to find the rest of God and they shall find it! For His Rest is the place where His mind rules and we love to have it so! He is truly bringing forth "His willing people in the day of His power."
O, I exhort you, my friends, to seek His rest with me that we may abide there continually and delight forever in His will and in His way!
In prayer recently I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, "This is the Day of My Rest." He continued speaking in separate thoughts about His Day.
• "Rest in Me, My weary children. Run to Me with all that distresses you and leave every anxious care at My Feet."
• "Think no longer of what you shall say, or how you shall answer your gainsayer, for I shall give you words when you trust not in your own."
• "Know that all emotion has failed you, for it has been based on a false image of what you are before God. I do cleanse your emotions so that you do not put yourself down, but you put Me up in your mind and thus peace reigns within thee."
• "This is My time of restoration. Carry in your heart hope for even the difficult ones around you, for I am able to save to the uttermost."
• "Do what thy hand findeth to do and know that in My Rest I do all things as one with thee, whether they be great or small. Enjoy My fellowship in all of thy labors, for I am truly with thee."
• "Let thoughts of My goodness and My Love be ever before thee that thy heart will always be delighting in Me. This is thy portion in My Sabbath Day."
• "Know of a truth that I delight in thee as you delight in Me. Our Joy in each other keeps you in My peace and rest."
• "In this, My Day, you shall always seek to build up and not to tear down for it is the time of restoration — of building up foundations that have been broken down. "
• "Take not offense in the day of My Rest, for My Love is upon thee and proceedeth from thee. Who is there that can diminish thee?"
• "Lastly, keep thine heart in an attitude of prayer before Me at all times — leaning upon Me for strength to accomplish all that is set before thee. Let Me be the center from which you move and have your being all the day long, for this is My Rest, My Beloved. This is My Rest. Walk ye in it, for the door has been opened unto those who would keep the fast of the Lord and cease from their own ways!"
In the mind of the Lord is a beautiful rest,
A wondrous state of being for me.
As I live unto Him I am losing my will
And I’m being what I was meant to be.
O, I must live in this glorified realm,
While in this earthly habitation I trod
I’ll live and move and have my being in Him
As I come to my remembrance in God.
(May be sung to the tune of The Old Rugged Cross)