Setting the Tone for 2019 – Part Two

Supernatural Rest
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
When we begin to practice supernatural trust, we receive an outpouring of God’s supernatural peace. Within God’s supernatural peace, we discover supernatural rest.
Notice that God’s peace actually guards our hearts and our minds, in a way that exceeds – goes far beyond – anything that we can understand. Our natural minds can’t understand supernatural peace, but through God’s Holy Spirit, we can experience this peace that passes all understanding. God makes his supernatural peace available to us, through his Spirit, as we trust in Jesus Christ: “Don’t worry about anything.”
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3 ESV).
 Listen, Beloved Sister, Beloved Friend, God’s word is full of manifesting power. Remember, God is the one who spoke the heavens and the earth into existence. The first verses of Genesis tell us that “God said…and it was so,” until all of creation was full of life, and it was very good.
The Light-Speaker cannot lie. God’s word is so powerful, so complete-in-itself, if he were to lie, even once, all of creation would instantly disintegrate. Listen to what the Message translation says about the word of God:
By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! (Hebrews 1:3)
The New Living Translation says the same thing this way:
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.
Here’s the English Standard Version:
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
Jesus, the exact image of the Father, holds everything together, sustains everything, upholds the universe by the word of his power.
So when the One who can not lie says to us through his servant Paul, “Do not worry about anything,” he means exactly what he says, and he has all authority on earth and in heaven, to back it up.
Can you imagine what it would feel like not to worry about anything? If you could possibly, even for a moment, experience that feeling, wouldn’t it be a level of rest that you’ve never experienced before?
The natural world is constantly telling us to worry about everything. Jesus tells us not to worry about anything. What will we allow to set the tone for us in 2019? Natural worry? Or supernatural rest?
Listen to what God tells us about rest:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done (Genesis 2:2-3 NIV).
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it, God rested from ALL work that he had done.
God did not make the day holy so that he could rest. God made the seventh day holy because on that day he rested. To God, rest is holy. Rest sanctifies. Rest blesses.
God does not bless us because we worry. God does not bless us because we work so hard. God does not bless us because we struggle. God blesses us when we rest.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31 NIV).
Hear Jesus’ invitation:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).
We are weary, and we are burdened. Jesus is speaking to us. Today, right now. He knows that the very first thing that we need is rest. The more we learn from him, the more we find rest for our souls. And listen, Beloved, when our soul is at rest, our mind, our heart and our body follow.
Rest glorifies God, because supernatural rest is based on our supernatural trust in God’s power and authority.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
His peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus. As we live, in Christ Jesus. As we live, in him.
Let 2019 be the year of supernatural trust and rest, in our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we can declare, like King David:
 Lord, my heart is not proud;
    my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
    or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
    like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
    Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
    now and always (Psalm 131 NLT).
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