We’ve been sold a definition of rest by this world that just isn’t accurate.
The kind of rest the world pushes is insufficient. Have you realized this yet? The more you religiously engage with the self-care rituals, the more you aggressively disappear for “me time,” the more you pursue products that promise to curb your anxiety and bring you balance, the more you worship at the altar of “margin” . . . the more real rest you’ll actually need. The world’s rest is actually consumptive. It’s a demonic plan, straight from the pit of hell, designed to wear you out. See Daniel 7:25, friend. It’s a strategy!
Kingdom rest, however, is completely different. God wants to “bake rest in” to our everyday lives. He doesn’t want us to have to vacate our lives to find rest, recovery and recharge. He wants us to live in His rhythm of grace where we are constantly full, and being filled, because we abide in Him. Are you ready to make the switch from the worldly rest that robs into Kingdom rest that redeems? If so, I want you to dig into this week’s Positioned to Prosper podcast episode. Grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Grab the Accompanying Rest Worksheet: Would you like a two-page worksheet that has the four questions of rest we’ve been discussing in this rest series along with spaces to pray through the questions with God and journal out the answers? Click here to download (yep, you’ll be getting on my email list when you opt-in to receive the worksheet, but you can always unsubscribe at the bottom of the delivery email).
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:
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.”
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
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.
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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.