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Nov 18 2015

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Lie Down In Green Pastures

Jesus Invites Us To Rest

Green Pastures

 

Psalm 23 is one of the most memorized and quoted Scriptures in the Bible.  The second verse of this psalm says that God lets us lie down or rest in his green pastures and leads us to quiet pools of water.

The sheep in this photo are resting.  They are not fearful, anxious, or worried.  We learn in the the book of John in the New Testament that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are the sheep of His pasture.  He takes care of us.

As I was worshiping the Lord on Sunday, the Lord gave me a mental picture of two large doors, like a gate, made of bright light.  The doors of the gate swung open, and I could see that beyond them was a beautiful bright green pasture, filled with multi-colored flowers.  Jesus was giving an invitation, “Come on in and lie down and be refreshed.”

I  pictured lying down and letting go of all anxiety about what needs to be done and how it will get done, letting go of fear and worry, and just relaxing and falling asleep.  Then I pictured Jesus, the Great Physician, doing surgery on me while I slept, bringing both spiritual and physical healing.

This message from Him has been on my heart all week.  Every time I sense that I am starting to get tense or feeling overwhelmed with things that need to be done at work or at home, I think about entering that pasture and just letting Jesus take it all.  I also call on His Spirit who lives within me to rise up inside of me to reveal any causes of negativity that I need to submit to Him and to fill me with His peace.

God is so willing to give us peace and rest.  In the book of Hebrews we are invited to enter into His rest.  It’s always a choice that we have.  He has the gift of peace and spiritual rest waiting for us.  Let’s allow Him to fill us each day and to let his rest take over instead of letting our overactive thinking and emotions to take over.  Let’s follow Him to the green pastures!

If you are struggling with how to let Jesus bring you to this peace and rest, I recommend the book Releasing the Divine Healer Within: The Biology of Belief and Healing.

 

 

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