Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes


Finding Rest
Steve McConnell
So we have made it! We made it through the shopping, the preparing, the serving, the giving and receiving, and now we put the brakes on and start to recover. Many of us have had a very emotional season. We are remembering loved ones and revisiting broken relationships. Needless to say we are exhausted! We will take this time to recuperate and get reenergized for the next major event. Today, we will see what happened to the disciples when they were faced with some similar circumstances. We will see Jesus’ response and the hope that He has provided each of us as we choose to have a time of rest with Him while we are faced with the challenges of life.

Mark 6:30-34

Something miraculous happened on that boat ride. Jesus met His disciples and somehow was able to refresh them. We all need a Sabbath (a day of rest) but we also need our faith refreshed on a continued basis because we leak. There is a major difference between our need for spiritual rest and the need for physical rest.

When your body is tired but your spirit is full of strength, the body will follow the spirit. But if your spirit is dry, the body will operate in the flesh. It will find its default operational mode. Without being refilled we can find ourselves falling into a number of predictable behaviors of our flesh. These are hinderances that can get in the way of us hearing the Lord’s voice.

Hinderances:
1. Insecurities
2. Pride
3. Addictions

Our identity and security come through our time with Jesus. The more we find ourselves in Him the more our identity is made complete. Many of us struggle with this because we don’t understand how God could and does talk to us.

Hearing God speak to you:
Here are some examples of how people may hear the Lord:
• The Bible
• Visions
• Words of knowledge
• Audible voice
However, many do not hear the Lord this way. In fact, for many, someone saying, “God spoke to me” can leave them feeling frustrated and feeling like they are missing something. What does that mean?

Is it a voice?
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How would you explain it?
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Romans 8:11

Often it is a compelling sense to act, pray or give.

When we have spent time with the Lord something happens. He will usually ask something out of us. This is where in the past we have given in to our flesh and followed our own desires. Now, as believers, we must retrain ourselves in being spirit-led and become more and more sensitive to the compelling of the Holy Spirit.

When we have had a time of rest with the Lord it makes us bold. Something happens and a switch is flipped. I suddenly have some sort of swift action, wise word, or brilliant idea. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, He talks to us. (We also need to listen in prayer time.)

Jeremiah 29:13-14

As a result of our faith being refreshed, people will be affected. Has God ever asked you to do something that you didn’t think you were capable of doing? Through your faith, 1000s will be fed, and Jesus’ miracles will be seen.
 


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