June 6th Message - Points to Ponder

Biblical Principles

Live by principles, not by pressure

To be proactive (not reactive) requires a clear mind and rest.

Shabbat – “cease, rest”

Shabbat, or Sabbath in English, is a weekly time of rest. The Sabbath is from sundown on Friday evening to sundown on Saturday evening. Despite the many rabbinical regulations surrounding Shabbat, its primary purpose has always been to afford us a time to rest, to make us whole, and to calm the frayed nerves and tired muscles which come from a week’s work. God makes allowance for our weakness through Shabbat rest. God himself sanctified the seventh day immediately following Creation, as recounted in Genesis.

Old Testament teaching about rest: Genesis 2:1 – 3

· The word used for rest is “shavat” = cease, rest

Exodus 20:8 -11:

· The word used for rest is “shabbat - sabbath”

The “rest” described in Exodus and throughout the Bible is above all a state of peace and fellowship with God.

· Sabbath rest is meant to be not just a stop in work, but a time of fellowship with God. Renewal of mind, body and spirit. A time to enjoy both Creator and Creation.

The complete Serenity Prayer written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Principles taught:

1. Accepting God’s direction

Proverbs 20:24

2. We cannot control everything

Psalm 31:14 – 15

3. Take courage from God

Joshua 1:9

4. Ask God for the wisdom to guide our thoughts, attitudes, and actions

James 1:5

God enables us to truly rest by empowering us to harmoniously accept all our capacities and passions of heart, mind, and soul and all our circumstances and situations.

Jesus offers true peace

Matthew 23:4

True Sabbath worship: Isaiah 1:11 – 20

Jeremiah 31:25

Jesus’ invitation is to rest in Him; renewal in Him; refreshment through Him.

Psalm 91:1

Acts 3:19 – 20

Isaiah 40:30 – 31

Romans 12:2

Psalm 51:10 – 12

2 Corinthians 4:16

Jesus’ teaching about rest

Matthew 11:28 – 30: When we are weighed down with the burdens of life, Jesus invites us to come.

What makes Jesus yoke easy, His burden light?

We share Jesus’ virtue

2 Corinthians 5:21

Psalm 103:10 – 12 “God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is His love to those who fear Him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear Him.” (The Message)

Jesus enables us

2 Corinthians 12:7 – 9

“My yoke is easy, My burden is light”.