Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psalm 116:7 (KJV)
We are at rest when we are confident that God is handling everything that concerns us. We rest in our confidence that God has already made available what we need, and out of this assurance will we see His goodness showing up in our lives. God works when we are at a place of peace.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
To walk in the Spirit is ultimately a mindset. It is to identify with who we are in Christ rather than with who we used to be in the flesh. When we remember who we are in Him—redeemed, healed, blessed, forgiven and righteous—we gain victory over the fleshly mindset and walk in the good that Jesus has already made available.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)
When we make it our practice to keep our attention and focus on God through His Word, we will find ourselves being more receptive to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. When we acknowledge God in all things, He will direct our paths into the good He has already prepared for us.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
We can come boldly the throne of grace independent of how well we have been performing. We know that when we have missed it and fallen short, God’s attitude towards us does not change. Our boldness comes out of our confident assurance that God is not dealing with us based on our performance, but that God is dealing with us based on the perfect performance of Jesus on our behalf.
Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (AMPC)
There is strength and empowerment that comes when we no longer rely on our own sufficiency or ability, but instead put all our trust and confidence in God. We succeed, not because of our efforts or qualifications, but because it is God who has called us and who makes us well able to do what He has called us to do.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 12:28 (KJV)
Jesus gives us rest because when we enter into Christ, we enter into a finished work. The moment we put our faith in Jesus as Lord of our lives, all things pertaining to life and godliness are made available to us. Our task as born again believers is not to struggle and to work hard to try and get God to bless us, but to live each day open and receptive for the blessings we already have in Him to manifest in our lives.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Isaiah 59:21 (KJV)
God’s Word is to never depart from our mouth because our words release spiritual authority. Whatever we say long enough we will ultimately see. And so let us boldly say what God has said about us in His Word—He has already called us victorious!