OBTAINING REST IN THE FAMILY (3)
OBTAINING REST IN THE FAMILY (3)
I welcome you to another exciting time in God’s presence. In the first week of this teaching, I taught on the place of rest. I said when you come to Jesus, you have rest. Last week, I also taught on rest in time of unrest. Today, we shall be looking at Relaxing At Home.
Peace of God is what brings about relaxation. When you are peaceful, you can be said to be relaxed. God is the Author of peace. He is not a partial God; He will give you when you ask Him and if you allow Him to be the Lord of your life, He will. His Word says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
Too many people are going through one form of tension and stress or the other at home, work, with their spouses or children. Life doesn’t seem to be treating them well. For such people, relaxation is like an impossible task. In this “age of anxiety,” where humanity is threatened with nuclear bombs, natural disaster, incurable diseases and uncertainty, everyone is looking for one form of escape or the other. Those experiencing family pressures may turn to drugs. While others opt for money making ventures, others may find solace in another wife, thinking that would offer a solution. Children are not left out: some may join bad gangs with their peers, while relations seek diabolical solutions. In a bid to rid themselves of their burdens, they end up compounding them. But despite all these, the Word of God says: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
With all these seeming escape routes, many are still left empty, unfulfilled and finally worse-off than before. Everywhere, people are looking for something to relax their nerves from a world of stress, tension and pressures. Countless people and even Christians, after their salvation experience, carry burdens and go through life with yokes around them. This just goes to show that there is no permanent solution for man in those seeming escape routes. It is possible, however, to live above the regions of pressure and stress.
Anyone who is experiencing turbulence in the home can enjoy peace and rest by discovering the solution the Word of God offers to troubled homes and obeying them. It may not look like the solution, but God is a marriage expert. He ordained and instituted the family unit and knows how best to make it work. Just by following instructions, my home and family is a place to relax. Pressure can’t find its way in, stress is non-existent and tension can’t survive there. God has made it a place of peace for all the family members and me. Yours can experience the same too, if you can practise what it takes.
I don’t know the kind of burden you have been carrying about, but today, as you continue to read God’s Word, it will show you what to do in order to live stress-free. You can relax at home! If you are willing to do what it takes, God’s presence will be with you even where you are now. If you agree with His Word right where you are, He will take every burden off your life and every yoke off your shoulder. The Bible says: COME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
If you are tired of being burdened at home and you need to relax, Jesus Christ says, “Come”. Imagine a man running a race with a bag of cement on his head. He wants to win but the weight on his head is a hindrance. This illustrates what many families are experiencing. Burdens, weights, cares and worries have robbed them of reaching that goal of a peaceful home. I want you to know that absence of peace in the family does not make for relaxation. Relax yourself in the arms of the Lord Jesus and lay your burdens at His feet. Until you do that, you can’t lay hold on the rest that God has for you.
No one else can carry your burden except the Lord Jesus. It doesn’t matter what the burden is, whether it is bad examination results, financial hardship or childlessness, Jesus says, “Come unto me…and I will give you rest”. In other words, Jesus is determined, set and ready to give you rest if only you will let Him. You have a duty to perform by coming to Jesus. The Bible describes Jesus Christ as “The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). Therefore, coming to Jesus simply means coming to the Word of God as the final solution to every problem. Look at this sister’s testimony:
“My marriage technically broke down on the wedding day, at the reception table! But I stayed on in it for almost a decade. It was a thorn in the flesh. Eventually, I had to leave. Right inside my matrimonial home, I got a SAN to prosecute the divorce.
I got born again after then, but the Word never came to me till I heard a teaching on forgiveness in the church, which made me realise that I had been living in self-righteousness all along. I forgive but don’t forget. I got this corrected in my mind and through the anointed book, Marriage Covenant, preaching of men of God and anointed counselling, my marriage got miraculously healed. Right now, I’m having a honeymoon.” (Olaleye)
There is hope for your home! Someone said talking with God is the prescription for anxiety. As you communicate with the Lord and He communicates to you through His Word, tension and worry will be a thing of the past. With the exit of tension and stress, your home will be a place to return to and relax after the days work or activities. To have a home of relaxation, you must get connected to God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That is what being born again is all about. Now is the best time to be born again; so, please do not postpone or procrastinate because tomorrow might be too late. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer and you shall be born again: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I believe you died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me my sins, take my life and make me a child of God today as You plant Your rest in my life.”
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).