Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rest and A Clean Conscience

Rest....I'm continuing to chew on that one word. Throughout the Bible God calls His people to live life to the fullest within the boundaries of His Word and in healthy balance. When I think of the number one killer of rest it has to be anxiety and stress.

Guilty...whenever we feel guilty we are anxious, and there is no rest nor peace of mind. True guilt is covered in Jesus Christ and through His blood sacrifice on the Cross. But there are times when false guilt erodes our peace and rest. Setting up unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others can generate destructive guilt.

Recently I spent some time with a young person who has fallen into some serious sin. Listening to her I realized she has only faced part of her sin. As I prayed I sensed she cannot look at all of it; the seriousness of her sin could overwhelm her now. The court system will accommodate that chore if she doesn't come out of denial soon. As she told me of her day to day life I realized she has no peace. She never lets down from her anxiety to know rest.

Today as I reflect on "rest" I want to come clean in the presence of God. I want to see, confess and repent from anything in my life that is short of what God desires. Empathizing with this young lady showed me how serious my sins can be in robbing me of the "rest" Jesus Christ secured for me in the Cross. "Missing the mark" is the clearest definition of New Testament "sin." Can any of us believe we never miss the mark?

Got any ideas on sin and guilt in relation to rest and peace of mind? I'd love to hear your viewpoint.


Dorothy Champagne said...

I believe when the Holy Spirit lives within us and we have sin in our life - we cannot have peace of mind until we ask for forgiveness and get away from that sin. There is a constant tugging and uneasiness until we give it to God.

Red Letter Believers said...

I know what you are saying is true...but I want to resist it.

how many sleepless nights and restless days have I spent because my spirit is heavy with sin?

I pray for peace but i will never have peace in my mind and my body until I make peace with God.

Wonderful reminder.


Joyfulsister said...

As I study about Joy I know that without obedience there can be no joy. Sin like the picture you show on your post weighs one down, the spirit of anxiety comes into place as well. I know we still walk in the flesh and we constantly have to strive to walk in righteousness.. Great post sistah!!

Hugz Lorie

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Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.