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Seek your rest in Christ
Seek your rest in ChristPhoto credit: Joy Magee (c) 2002

A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”– Psalm 91:1

Many of God’s children are weary. Today, I am calling forth a release of God’s rest upon His sons and daughters. This day, I am calling on a move of God’s Holy Spirit to breathe refreshment on the people of God.

Are you tired, my brother? Are you tired of being tired, my sister? Then be released into the Father’s rest this day.

The Hebrew word for “abide” as used in this verse is liyn (pr. leen), which is to “stay permanently, dwell, lie all night, lodge, remain (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “abide” as “to stay or live somewhere, to remain or continue;” and defines “lodge” as “to deposit for safeguard or preservation, to have residence, to come to a rest.”

Where are you lodging, my brother? How are you resting your head, my sister? Are you lodging in the world’s hotel, family? Or are you taking up residence and leaning in the everlasting arms of the Father? (Deuteronomy 33:27). Let the confession of our mouth be that of the psalmist King David, who rested in the Word as he decreed “I will abide before God forever; He will appoint loving-kindness and truth that they may preserve me” (Psalm 61:7).

Let us come into agreement with the Psalmist’s 91st Psalm. Personalize it, and rest in its eternal promise:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Father, thank You for Your gift of rest—Your blessing of abiding. Teach us how to rest in You, Most Perfect Father. We call on You to refresh us, and to release us to Your rest. We cast our care upon You, Most Thoughtful Father, because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we lodge permanently in You, and that we walk in Your times of refreshing. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to call on the Father’s peace to wash over you and to consume you. Forsake the restlessness of the world for the rest in the Father. Learn to abide in the Creator by walking in His Word each and every day. And continue to fight the good fight of abiding in the Almighty; for God, your Sweet Sleep from Heaven Divine, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.