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Faith and Rest (5 of 6)
INTRODUCTION: What is a "resting faith," one might ask? A resting faith is a faith that simply rests in God. A resting faith is undisturbed by outward circumstances. It is a faith that knows no matter what happens today, I know that God is in control.
HYMN: In 1876, Jean Piggot wrote the song, "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting."
Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!
I have two things about Faith and Rest:
I. A RESTING FAITH IS AN UNDISTURBED
The best way to find out if you have a "resting faith" is see how you respond when things don't go right. It is at times like this we become vulnerable. The devil will do what he can to disturb our faith...just don't let him do it.
A. Learn to Resist the Devil:
1. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." If we are to resist the devil, then it follows that he will attack us. He will touch our health; he will discourage us; he will cause people to rise up against us. You will remember that Paul had a lot of trouble with people. In 2 Tim. 4:14, he wrote about Alexander the coppersmith: "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works." 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." The word "sober" means "to be sober-minded," to be in control of our thoughts or to be alert. In 2 Cor. 10:5, we read, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivi ...
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