Google+ 08/03/13 Practice Restoration!

2 Thessalonians 1:6-8

 

In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted

And also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven.

He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire,

Bringing judgment on those who don’t know God

And on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus.

 

There is a huge misconception by many Christians about two very important subjects in the Bible.  Be careful of the difference between the words "rest" and "restore."  Paul tells the Thessalonians today that God will provide them "rest" from their persecution.  Please look at what that means.  Paul is speaking of a place where we will never be faced with persecution again.  God will come with His angels and judge those who don't know God.  We don't have to do that!  God will handle being God and He is so much better at it than we are.  Notice that Paul also includes an admonition about Jesus.  All of the Jews believed in God.  In some cases, they were ridiculed because of their faith in God.  Paul tells us that believing in God is not enough.  We also must accept and obey the Good News of Jesus Christ.  To accept God and not His Son, is completely unacceptable!  Now for the confusion that people have.  When the Bible refers to "rest," the authors are most often referring to the time when we will all be in heaven.  "Restoration" is the daily process of resetting our bodies to optimum efficiency for the purpose of working in God's Kingdom.  Frankly, telling someone that you need "rest" for several hours, in isolation, could not be more wrong.  We are meant to be together with our Family of God.  Spending time with believers "restores" us to the "joy of our salvation!"  Isolating ourselves, and being lethargic, takes away our joy and, more often than not, makes us feel much more tired.  This is why Jesus was always preaching and teaching.  From all Biblical accounts, Jesus didn't sleep much.  The human portion of Him was "restored" by fellowship and conversation, not by massive sleep cycles!  We need to look at our lives and determine what needs to change.  Many of us simply don't work enough hours in God's Kingdom to be effective at anything.  For this reason, rejoicing in the Lord and basking in God's ultimate joy often eludes us.  When this happens, frustration sets in and we have invited Satan to take over.  Our human vessel can be indwelled by God or Satan.  It is our choice.   Rest will come when Jesus comes back for us.  Until then, practice restoration in your life, daily! 

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