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Monday
Dec242018

Aggressive Rest

It’s normal, especially in today’s culture, to strive for everything. But how much striving would you do if you knew God was on your side?

I used to get in there and strive for what I wanted. But now I know my battle is the Lord’s battle, so I can sit back and rest. It gives me great comfort.

Here’s a thought: When we’re striving for things, it’s because we don’t trust God to do it. In other words, whether we realize it or not, we don’t see God as on our side. There has even been teaching to justify striving. I’ve heard ministers point to Mark 11:24 as their text, which says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Mark 11:24 (New King James Version)

The Greek word for “receive” in this verse can mean “to take” (Strong’s Concordance), so it’s easy to draw the conclusion that we as Christians should be more aggressive in receiving. But that’s not true. That’s the trap I see so many Christians get into. What happens is their need to strive for things outweighs their trust in God and their patience for Him to bring something to pass. But Scripture says that through faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God (Heb. 6:12). That’s a big deal. God’s way of receiving is not through aggressively going after something. It’s through aggressive peace and rest.

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Hebrews 4:11

Laboring to enter the rest of God may sound like a paradox, but it takes effort not to strive. However, when you’re striving, it’s hard not to live with fear. Look at this passage.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. [32] For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:31-33

Do you see how that if God is on your side, you don’t need to fret? Worry leads to trusting yourself and earning things with God. Look at what Andrew said about this in his teaching The War Is Over:

“The only way you ever have peace with God is when you quit trusting in yourself and quit thinking that you have to earn the blessing of God, and you just rest in what Jesus did.”

Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief. Jesus has got this. God has made you promises, and through Jesus, you will receive them. But it’s by aggressively resting in Him.

Learn more in Andrew’s teaching The War Is Over. He taught on it all last week and will be continuing to do so next week. If you have a testimony of how this has worked for you, please share in the comments below.

Written by David Moore II

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Reader Comments (6)

Boy this just gets better. I thank God for this revelation. Reading through it was like excitement and at the same time confusing but interesting. Struggle to rest? Jeez I tried that and I noticed it was getting me lazy but I remembered how I pass all my tests in school and tried this everywhere else and I’m starting to see results. I simply rest even when I know I did somethings wrong in the tests results always come out with a testimony of Christ. And now I’m ready to apply this in every other area . #testimony loading. Thank you so much

December 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlvin K

@Alvin

Thank you so much for sharing with us! It is great to know that you are choosing a life of rest in the Lord. We'd like to encourage you with Andrew's notes on Heb. 4:11:

"This sounds like an oxymoron. Why labor to rest? If you understand clearly what the rest of the Lord is, then it takes effort to rest in the finished work of the Lord. Our human natures want to do something to be worthy of the Lord’s blessings. But the truth is that we can never deserve the goodness of the Lord. We have to cease from trusting in our own works and rest in what Jesus has freely provided by grace. That takes effort. It will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done to quit relating to God on the basis of your own works and start trusting totally in what Jesus did for you. You have to labor to rest."

- Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary

What an amazing truth! If you would like to hear Andrew speak more on this topic, we encourage you to visit our website and listen to his free audio teaching "Our Sabbath Rest" here: https://l.awmi.net/2SaH7tC. Be blessed! - AWMI Team

January 3, 2019 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Thank you for a life giving article! I have been listening to Andrew's teachings for a number of years and this has been the one the Lord has held before me over and over again - it's so important. The seeds of this message are finally starting to bear fruit in my life, after 10 years (I'm a slow grower it seems!). In that same book of Hebrews, the author talks about encouraging one another daily, because it's easy to let the truth slip subtly away from us. Thank you for all your encouragement, every day. Keep going!

January 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAC

@AC

Thank you so much for sharing how much you enjoy listening to Andrew's teachings! We appreciate the opportunity to connect with you and hear your testimony! It's also great to hear how the Holy Spirit is leading you and giving you revelation in the Word of God. Praise God that we can enjoy a life of resting in our Father's provision and protection each day. If you'd like to be encouraged even more, you can watch our testimony videos that we have available on our website at https://www.awmi.net/video/healing/. We hope that you enjoy, and please let us know if you have any questions. Be blessed! - AWMI Team

January 29, 2019 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

So happy to hear you are building a Christian Village in the rocky mountains! Your word is sound, and I like to get lots of wisdom from it on TBN.com and DaystarTV.com! Its always very wise and a good word! Thank you for that! I want to help out with your building of the Christian Village in CO! How do I go about connecting with someone regarding this? I am available to relocate to help work and build your vision Christian Village of love! As I feel we are in the end times, and that peace agreement just got signed! Time is short now! If you need my help to build? Please feel welcome to contact me, I can leave this month? I would like to offer my services for your building project like a short or long term missions opportunity! I may need some help with housing and meals if possible, but would be willing to stay at the church and work there? Please let me know if you need my help? I would like to help you!

February 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGoofey Loves GOD!

@Goofey

We appreciate your interest in working for Andrew Wommack Ministries. We believe God has an amazing plan for your life.

You can find opportunities for employment on our website here: http://www.awmi.net/more/jobs/. You will be asked to create an account before you can apply for a position. We encourage you to apply for the job(s) for which you believe you are most qualified.​

We pray that you would continue to abound in the blessing of God as you accomplish everything He has put on your heart to do!

If you have any further questions, you can contact us at info@awmi.net. God bless you! - AWMI Team

February 25, 2019 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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