Most Christians aren’t experiencing real rest, and it shows.
With the levels of anxiety, overwhelm and burnout we experience, is it really a surprise that most Christians aren’t really “doing rest right?” I know it just feels like one more thing to “worry” about, but when we get this rest thing “right,” it’s going to change *everything.* I promise!
In this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast I’m sharing the kick-off message of a series of messages I’m bringing this month at my home church — REVIVE Church of Tampa — on real rest, the kind of rest we find defined and demonstrated by God in the Bible. Are you ready to understand what real rest is and then to be empowered to step into it? If so, I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Join the Conversation Inside The REVIVE Online Campus Community: Are you ready to join the conversation around the kind of rest that God talks about in the Bible? You’re invited into our online community — The ROCC. Head to revivetampa.org/ROCC to join the community. Inside you’ll find access to weekly messages, discipleship opportunities and more. You’ll find the current podcast episode pinned to the Featured section of the group so you can join the chat in the comments. Hope to see you there!
Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:
Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:1-3
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and wall the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Hebrews 3:16 – Hebrews 4:16
And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 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.”
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.