REST WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

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GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE A COMPLETE REST.

ALL THREE PARTS NEED REST.

Matthew 11:28-29  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Many have never experienced anything except the world’s concept of rest and vacation.  As a result, they don’t get all God wants them to have !

 1. PLAN FOR YOUR PHYSICAL REST.

A. GOD’S PLAN IS FOR ONE DAY OUT OF THE WEEK TO BE A TIME OF PHYSICAL REST.

—GOD DID IT.

Exodus 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

B. RECOGNIZE THAT YOU WON’T GET PHYSICALLY RESTED UNLESS YOU ARE SPIRITUALLY RESTED FIRST. IF ONE PART IS NOT RESTED, IT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT UPON ALL THE OTHER PARTS.

 

2. PLAN FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL REST.

A. GET THE ISSUES THAT TROUBLE YOU REMOVED IF POSSIBLE.

Many times, the phone, email, or mail can pull you down. Try not checking on them for a day or two. The world won’t collapse.

Psalm 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

B. WHAT IS IT THAT CAUSES THE SPIRIT OF MAN TO WORK HARDER ? FOR THE CHRISTIAN, IT IS BATTLING TEMPTATIONS. AVOID UNNECESSARY TEMPTATIONS.

1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

THERE ARE SOME PLACES OF TEMPTATION YOU NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM. STAY OFF THE iPOD, THE PC, THE PHONE, THE STORES, ETC. ANYTHING WHERE YOU BATTLE TEMPTATIONS, STAY AWAY !

3. PLAN FOR YOUR MENTAL REST.

A. CONSIDER JESUS. HE GOT AWAY WITHIN HIS OWN AREA.

Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as He was alone praying, His disciples were with Him: and He asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

Luke 22:39-40 And He came out, and went, as He was wont, to the mount of Olives; and His disciples also followed Him. And when He was at the place, He said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Matthew 14:23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone.

MANY SEEK TO REST THE MIND, BUT WEAR OUT THE BODY IN THE PROCESS. FOR INSTANCE – GOING ON LONG, TIRING TRIP, BUT DON’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE BODY AFFECTS THE REST OF YOU.

JESUS WAS ABLE TO DO IT–GO THROUGH TROUBLES, THEN BE RESTED–SO CHRIST IN US CAN DO THE SAME.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

B. SOME FAIL TO RENEW THEIR MINDS BY TAKING CLEAN WATER ALONG.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

C. MEMORY CAN HURT YOUR RESTFULNESS.

GET YOUR MIND OCCUPIED ON OTHER THINGS. YOU WON’T GET REST THINKING ABOUT ISSUES THAT YOU HAVE TO BATTLE ALL THE TIME. TAKE A BREAK FROM THE THINGS WHERE YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF THINKING.

***Obviously, you don’t stop thinking. BUT, you need to rest from the areas of mental troubles. If you are mentally fatigued at thinking about someone in your past, quit thinking about them. remove yourself from their thoughts.

–GET YOUR MIND ON THINGS THAT ARE HAPPY, LOVELY. PLAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC, FIND SOME GOOD CLEAN COMEDIES, WATCH SOME EDIFYING CHRISTIAN MOVIES.

NOT FOREVER. JUST AS A REST FOR A TIME.

 

3. THE FINAL REST—WILL IT BE REST, AT ALL ?

A. MEMORY IS NOT DESTROYED WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN.

WILL THERE BE PAINFUL TIMES, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PAST, AND YOUR FAILURE TO GIVE TO GOD WHAT HE HAS COMMANDED YOU TO DO ?  WHEN UNDER CONVICTION, THERE WILL NOT BE MUCH REST, UNLESS YOU HAVE BECOME INSENSITIVE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Jeremiah 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

B. THE “REST” OF SOME WILL CONTAIN NO REST WHATSOEVER.

Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

C. THE ONLY TRUE REST BEGINS WHEN WE STOP TRYING TO WORK OUR WAY INTO HEAVEN, AND RECEIVE GOD’S PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS.

Hebrews 4:9-11 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.

 

”Rest Without Leaving Home”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
101815

RESTORING ALL THINGS

 

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RESTORE – God has the power to do it in all types of things

THE PROBLEM WITH THE LEGAL SYSTEM TODAY IS THAT GENERALLY, PEOPLE ARE NOT MADE TO RESTORE WHAT THEY HAVE STOLEN OR BROKEN IN A CRIMINAL ACT.   

 

1. RESTORING THE MATERIAL THINGS.

A. GOD’S LAW REQUIRES THAT THINGS INJURED OR TAKEN SHOULD BE RESTORED.

Exodus 22:1  If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
Exodus 22:4  If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.
Leviticus 6:4-5  Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,  Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

2. RESTORING PHYSICAL HEALTH.

This comes at God’s discretion. Not everyone gets healed. Even those with faith, such as Paul and others did not get healed. If everyone got healed, no one would be in Heaven except God and His angels ! But, there are times when God desires to show His might and do things which man cannot do, a miracle ! These are things which must point to the power, wisdom, and grace of our Lord Jesus.

A. PHYSICAL RESTORATION IS A TEMPORARY THING.

There are miracles where Jesus restored sight or physical health. Yet, those people eventually died. Restoring does not mean it was permanent.

YET, THIS IS THE MOST COMMONLY REQUESTED ACT OF RESTORING.

–RESTORING THE KING’S HAND.

1 Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

–RESTORING A MAN’S HAND.

Mark 3:5 And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

–RESTORING SIGHT.

Mark 8:25 After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

B. RESTORING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

–JESUS CAME TO RESTORE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THE FATHER WHICH WAS REMOVED WHEN WE SINNED.

–RESTORING THE SOUL. WHEN A PERSON SINS, THEY NEED TO HAVE THEIR FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS–WHICH HAD BEEN BROKEN–RESTORED.

Psalms 23:3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

WHY DOES GOD RESTORE OUR SOUL ? FOR HIS OWN NAME’S SAKE. NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME SO GOOD, BUT BECAUSE HE DESERVED TO BE EXALTED AND PRAISED.

–RESTORING A LOST JOY. Some people lose the joy they had when they first trusted Christ as their savior. 

Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

3. RESTORING THINGS BY GRACE.

THIS IS THE HARDEST PART OF ALL FOR US TO DO. WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE OWE GOD. WE RECOGNIZE OUR NEED FOR RESTORATION PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. BUT, DO WE EXTEND THIS GRACE TO OTHERS ?

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

–RESTORING THAT WHICH IS NOT OWED. [remember what GRACE is=”giving something good when a person does not deserve it.”] NOT REPLACING SOMETHING THAT YOU OWED, BUT TO KEEP PEACE, GIVING SOMETHING THAT YOU DIDN’T OWE. THIS RESTORED A PEACE WHIC H EXISTED BEFORE THE ENEMY CREATED A DIVISION BETWEEN YOU.

Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

4. RESTORING WHATEVER WE OWE TO ANOTHER.

A. OUR GREATEST DEBT IS TO GOD.

Ezekiel 18:5-7, 9 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; . . . Hath walked in My statutes, and hath kept My judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

B. WHAT DO WE OWE TO OTHERS ? JUST DEBTS ON PAPER ?

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

WHY do we owe each other love ? Because we have not done it before we were saved with the fullness of God’s love, and therefore we shortchanged each other before we got saved.

After salvation, we should have a different, more powerful love for spouse, children, relatives,. friends, the church.

C. RESTORING TO GOD THE THINGS WHICH ARE HIS.

Ezra 6:5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.

NOT JUST MATERIAL THINGS, BUT SPIRITUAL THINGS, AS WELL. He gave us our very life. We owe that to Him. What did you do with the life God gave you ? What do you have to show for it ? God will require it one day. We need to restore our faith and obedience to Him. We don’t deserve salvation, but He offers it to us. You can have your relationship with God restored today !

YOU OWE GOD YOUR LIFE. YOU OWE IT TO HIM TO LIVE FOR HIM. IF YOU DON’T, YOU FAIL TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE.

YOU SHOULD PAY YOUR DEBT TO GOD AND GIVE HIM YOUR FAITH AND TRUST FOR SALVATION TODAY.

 

”Restoring All Things”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
080915

 

GOD’S REMEDIES

GOD’S REMEDIES

 

EVERYONE FACES SITUATIONS AND CONDITIONS THAT WE NEED TO CHANGE.  IT MAY BE THE WAY WE TREAT OTHERS.   IT MAY BE THE WAY WE TREAT OUR FINANCES.  IT MAY THE THE WAY OUR FAMILY WORKS.  IT MAY BE THE WAY WE SEE OUR COUNTRY GOING.   SOMETIMES IT’S HARD, BUT THOSE THINGS OFTEN INVOLVE US BEING INVOLVED.   HOWEVER, TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION, WE CANNOT LEAVE GOD OUT OF THE EQUATION.

GOD CAN FIX THINGS THAT LOOK PRETTY BAD IN UNLIMITED WAYS.  LETS EXPLORE SOME SO YOU CAN WIDEN YOUR FAITH AND BELIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE WITH HIM.

1. HE CAN TURN THINGS AROUND.
     ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. BUT THE PROMISE IS CONDITIONAL.

  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

          WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE OF YOUR LOVE ? IS GOD SOMEONE YOU TURN
TO WHEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS ONLY ? HOW ABOUT YOUR FAITHFULNESS ?
CAN PEOPLE SEE THAT YOU LOVE THE LORD BY YOUR ACTIONS ?
Do you tell people about your relationship with God ? Do you give
Him what you have left over from all your spending, or do you
give Him your best ? These are outward indicators of love.
True love is not just a feeling. It is action that can be seen.

A. HE CAN TAKE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS, AND
TURN THEM AROUND FOR GOOD. NOT ONLY DID THEY HAVE
A SON, AS PROMISED, BUT THE WHOLE WORLD BEGAN
TALKING WHEN IT CAME AT THEIR AGE.

  “And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.”  Genesis 18:10
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”   Genesis 18:14

   B. WHEN YOU INNOCENTLY GO IN THE WRONG DIRECTION,
AND GOD STOPS YOU. YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD
SUDDENLY INTENSIFIES.

  “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.”   Genesis 20:7

2. HE CAN MAKE CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONDITIONS CHANGE.
HEALING IS THE MOST DESCRIPTIVE WORD FOR THIS.

A. THERE IS HEALING OF THE MIND.

  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”   2 Timothy 1:7

        CAN THOSE WHOSE MINDS HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BE BROUGHT
BACK TO CORRECT THINKING ?

  ” And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled”   Colossians 1:21

   B. THERE IS HEALING OF THE HEART.

  “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”   Psalm 147:3

   C. THERE IS HEALING FOR THE SPIRIT AND SOUL.

  “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”  Acts 10:38
“And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.”  Luke 6:18

3. HE CAN WORK YOU THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES
TO THE AMAZEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO OBSERVE.

—EVEN PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT YOU COULD NEVER CHANGE.
NEVER LIVE FOR GOD. NEVER HAVE A CHRISTIAN HOME.
GOD IS ABLE TO DO GREAT THINGS THROUGH PEOPLE
WHO SUBMIT TO HIM IN FAITH.

  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   2 Corinthians 5:17