How to Find Rest | Short Sermon Series
1. KEEP GOD’S WORD CLOSE
Just like how soldiers are more vulnerable to illnesses, pressure can make us vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:14-17)
As cliche as it sounds, God’s word is very powerful. Every verse is a weapon to protect us from the lies of the devil.
So pick up your bible, memorise and speak verses over yourself, or listen to a playlist (we have some here if you need!), but keep God’s word close to you!
2. DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR FRIENDSHIPS
If you’ve studied physics, you’ll know that there’s less pressure exerted when a force is applied onto a bigger area. Similarly, we can increase our ‘surface area’ by continuing to connect with our community. As easy as it is to isolate yourself, it may be wiser to stay connected with community which will cheer you on and set your eyes back to Jesus if needed.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
3. REMEMBER WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO
Losing motivation? Do it with God as your goal. We can glorify God by staying faithful and giving our best in everything we do. But we also need to let go of our mistakes and trust our goo, good Father to prosper us!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
4. GET SOME SLEEP
Aaaaand sometimes you just need to.. rest. It’s easy to tire ourselves out in the race we’re in, so it’s important to give ourselves time to unwind. In 1 Kings 19:5-6, Elijah was exhausted and scared after defeating false prophets that he asked God to take his life…. but he falls asleep.
We’re all human, so don’t forget to step back once in a while, sleep early and spend some time with God. Not only will it help us stay close to God, it also refreshes our souls. Besides, when we take a break, we’re telling God that we believe He is greater. So surrender the results to God and let yourself rest!
Adapted from: Thir.st
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