Too Busy to Rest?

If you’re constantly driven by ‘what needs to be done’, you’ll burn out, and fail to do what God has assigned you to do.
So here are some practical suggestions for pacing yourself:

  1. CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS. The Bible says that it’s not smart to stuff yourself with too many sweets (Proverbs 25:27). You wouldn’t put sugar into your petrol tank, so be wise; educate yourself about good nutrition.
  2. BE CLEAR ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT TO GO. Set specific goals, and have a plan and timetable for reaching them. Don’t be controlled by mindless routine.
  3. INSTEAD OF IGNORING YOUR PROBLEMS, RESOLVE THEM. Act before they become chronic and start sapping your energy.
  4. DON’T ‘VEG’ ON TV. Too much television dulls you mentally and lulls you into lethargy. “But they that wait upon the Lord….renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31).
  5. IF YOU’RE OVERLOADED, DON’T TAKE ON MORE. Don’t say “Yes” out of a sense of guilt, false responsibility, or the need to be needed.
  6. TAKE A BREAK. When did you last take time to get away? A change of pace and fresh scenery are great battery-chargers.
  7. GET TO BED EARLIER. When you burn the candle at both ends, you are the one who burns out. You say, “But I’m doing it for the Lord”. Notice what the Lord says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, sit up late…for so He gives His beloved sleep”.

The following Devotion was the very next day:
“My Yoke is easy and My burden is light.”..(Matthew 11:30)
His intention for you is to discover His will for your life, unlock and develop the gifts He’s given you, draw daily on His power, use your commonsense, and don’t live stressed out.

  • CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE – you can’t always control what happens to you, but can decide how you’ll respond to it.
  • GET PHYSICAL TOO – physical exercise has value too! Feed your mind with Scriptures too – meditate on them until they take root and grow within you.

A few days ago, I saw this Bible verse – Jesus said, “Are you TIRED? WORN OUT?… Come to Me. GET AWAY WITH ME and you’ll RECOVER YOUR LIFE. I’ll show you HOW TO TAKE A REAL REST. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
The Devotion: “Too busy to rest?”, in www.biblegateway.com is worth looking at also –
http://www.gospel.com/blog/index.php/2010/07/15/todays-devotional-too-busy-to-rest/

The “Blessed” Man and Woman

Dr Bob Grass wrote this, printed in “The Word for Today” for Sunday 24th March 2013:

Here’s a key (in the Bible) to being blessed:

“BLESSED is the man who WALKS not in the counsel of the ungodly… But his DELIGHT is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he MEDITATES day and night. He shall be LIKE A TREE planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its FRUIT in its season, whose LEAF also shall not wither; and whatever he does SHALL PROSPER (Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV)

A BLESSED man or woman tends to STAND OUT because

  • their CHARACTER is deeper,
  • their IDEAS are fresher,
  • their SPIRIT is softer,
  • their COURAGE is greater,
  • their LEADERSHIP is better,
  • their CONCERNS are wider,
  • their COMPASSION is more genuine, and
  • their CONVICTIONS are more concrete
  • They’ra JOYFUL in spite of difficult circumstances, and
  • show WISDOM far beyond their years. And
  • they are FULL of surprises;
    you think you have them boxed in, but they turn out ot be UNPREDICTABLE
  • When you’re around them you feel slightly off-balance because you don’t know what to expect next.

Over time, you realise that their IDEAS and ACTIONS can be trusted. And why is that? Because they have a SPIRITUAL ROOT SYSTEM that goes down to STREAMS OF LIVING WATER. Consequently, what they put their hand to PROSPERS.
And you can live this way. How? By setting your SPIRITUAL PRIORITIES in concrete. The arch enemy of spiritual growth is BUSYNESS, which is closely tied to something the Bible calls WORLDLINESS – getting caught up with SOCIETY’S AGENDA to the neglect of WALKING WITH GOD.
Whichever way you look at it, a key ingredient to prospering is – TIME.
Not leftover time, not throwaway time, but QUALITY TIME.
TIME for MEDITATION (thinking, pondering on God’s Word that you’re just read);
TIME for COMMUNICATION (praying to god, letting Him talk to you through those versus; talking to HIM how your day has been, your hopes, visions, and dreams, what His desires are).
Unhurried, uninterrupted TIME with God.
from rhema.co.nz WORD FOR TODAY

The 10 Commandments

Monthly Central/West Auckland Joy Ministries service.

How are you getting on remembering them, and which NUMBER goes with which COMMANDMENT? Maybe there is a fun way to remember them – a song, a poem, actions, a story perhaps?

Did you notice that?

That these “Ten Commandments” can be divided into 2 groups – our relationship with GOD – and our relationship with MAN (People). Our relationship with God is up-and-down (vertical), and our relationship with Man (People) is side-to-side (horizontal). And the 2 together form the shape of a Cross.
Jesus summed up “The Ten Commandments” in the same way, didn’t He, in Matthew 22:37-40, when He was asked in v.36, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He replied: …………….>

Jan Bridgeman

Jan Bridgeman

Do you remember what it was that Jan Bridgeman spoke about in our September service? It was Commandment #8, wasn’t it, “Do not Steal”. We’ll never forget it – as someone dressed up as a robber stole Jan’s handbag, and ran off with it.
We can get used to stealing – such as:

  • Taking a piece of fruit without paying for it
  • Eating a block of chocolate in the fridge that’s not ours
  • Not giving back someone’s pen after borrowing it
  • Turning up late for work
  • Taking extra time for our lunch break
  • Being on Facebook during work time when we are on the computer [unless it’s part of our job]
    – God calls all of these Stealing.

But then Jan made it really personal – bringing it back to Commandment #1 (God wants to be #1 in our lives) – not giving God the best of our day (praying, and thanking Him, and reading the Bible early in the morning), or failing to meet with His people, and keeping the Good News of the Gospel to ourselves. LET’S SEE HOW TO.

What is in the Offering?

We have all heard offering calls. This week I had to deal with my own. I had $20 credited to my personal account. That meant I had to tithe $2. But the account it went into charges $2 if you make more than one withdrawal in the month. I just gave $5 from another account.
Then I read this week in First Samuel about Eli’s two sons and how they stole from the offering that which was theirs but they took it in a wrong manner. God killed both of them in the same day and the family was cursed with no atonement for that sin.

God was not really interested in my $2 it was my heart. He was happy to wait until next month. It is not just our finances. We bring an offering of praise and worship to God. That also has to come from a right heart. I got a new insight into how the Lord looks on our offering and the value that He places on it. If it is not right He will let it go for a time. Then He sends a warning as He did with Eli and then if it doesn’t change, suddenly we are destroyed.

When you next give an offering make it a true one. Realise it is important to God. He places a high value on it and it is not to be taken lightly. God bless you as you give.

Geoff

Reminder

I have a word from God for you. It is one that Paul spoke to Titus to tell his people and I believe it is good for us as well. Paul said “remind them”. So I am reminding you.
We are to be:

  1. Subject to rulers and authorities. You will know who is in authority over you and we need to give them the respect the Bible instructs us to give them. It saddens me that often we whine about unbelieving authorities because they don’t behave in a Christian manner. Surprise they are not Christians. Our sad protest won’t help them become one. I believe we need to be creative and constructive in our efforts to bring change.
  2. To obey. Jesus in the Great Commandment told the disciples to “teach them to obey”. In judges everyone did that which was right in their own eyes. I see that today. So obedience is a good reminder.
  3. Be ready for every good work. I believe that we need to prepare for every good work. We have an evangelistic event coming with Greg Laurie. Lets prepare and be ready to help and invite someone.
  4. Don’t speak evil of anyone! Full stop enough said.
  5. Be peaceable and gentle. We know what that looks like and we just need to do it. Examine your actions and tones and ask yourself the question.
  6. Show humility. Be a sermon walking. Remember it is God that does the work through us. Give glory to Him.

Blessings Geoff