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Get Some Rest, Part 3

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll
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May 28, 2021 7:05 am

Get Some Rest, Part 3

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll

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May 28, 2021 7:05 am

The King’s Kingdom: A Study of Matthew 8–13

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Feeling tired today. Get ahead for you would be to get some rest for us to exchange our unfruitful and constant over the and to turn our attention to all the Christ continues to do for us. Praise for his constant is in our corner for giving us the instant we bring before him are wrongdoing, but was calm. Exhaustion has many causes. Sometimes it's physical. Other times, mental but there's another source of weariness that comes from spiritual striving and working overtime to impress God with our good deeds today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll reminds us that our self-inflicted fatigue, while well-intentioned, is better served when we simply give up the fight and submit ourselves to God. Jesus said come to me all the world-weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Let's turn now to Matthew chapter 11 as Chuck continues his message titled, get some rest will be inviting 28, would be one of them. Next verse take the word inviting us to do something take something from them and learn word for me see it right here in verse 29 so calm and take and learn would be words that invite words that expose said by this I mean expose our condition for would they be look again at verse 28 come to me all who are weary and heavy leaving you carry heavy burdens. These are followed by words that describe look at this statement I am gentle and humble in heart, and in their words, the promise I will give you rest and later you will find rest, and finally, there are words that relieve my yoke is easy, my burden is light. First are words that invite come. Verse 28 begins. Jesus said, come to me.

So once we have come. Please observe there's something we take any invites us to do it. Take my yoke upon you when you have come to him.

Be ready to be fitted for the yoke that leads me to the third word of invitation and that is learned from me. Don't miss the whole statement.

Learn from me, accepting Jesus as invitation to come and then having him fit us with a tailor-made yoke invites us to begin a lifetime of learning from him and growing.

When we learn from Jesus, we learn about ourselves.

He says all who are weary and heavy laden, those carrying heavy burdens. I think I would first describe those who have never met Christ in their living under the weight of sin, the feeling of being unforgiving. The disappointment in oneself the inability to accomplish what one desires the sense of satisfaction that's never gained and the way that brings to us. But there's more there.

I think in our case, and certainly in the case of the crowds would be those who had to cut their teeth under teaching that was laborious and demanding. The Greek reads come to me all the laboring, having been burdened come to me all the laboring, having been burdened is a perfect description of those still working for their salvation still laboring under the legalistic demands of the wall knowing nothing of grace only knowing there's more and more and more.

You must do. You must turn you must achieve to win God's favor. Fourth words the promise I give you rest. In fact, interestingly, verse 28. Rest is a verb it's been added. I will give you, but literally the verse reads, I will rest you the ability to rest is in him and he will cause that to occur in us will gain an ability to live our lives at rest, not not striving not neurotically connected to the demands of life we can rest through life.

It doesn't mean we spend our lives leaning back doing nothing or sitting alone contemplating infinity is not this kind of rest. It's a risk that is free of worry and tension.

It's the synonyms will be to refresh and revive. I will refresh you. I will revive you me show you something to show you life beyond the grave. Look at Revelation 1413. Please turn ahead. Revelation 1413 and I heard a voice from heaven saying write this down and then there's a beatitude.

Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their labors that a beautiful description for their good deeds follow them. Trust me, all of those who have gone ahead who have passed through the gates of death gone through the grave or at rest is no striving, there's no worrying. They rest from their hard work their good deeds follow them.

But those of the dead Hebrews forces there remains now rest for the people of God. Different verb but is nevertheless the same concept here we read you will find rest, I will rest you, you will enter into a world of rest.

What a magnificent promise, heredity, we get a phone call and someone says to us hey what are you doing and we answer I'm resting. I can remember the last time I said that it's a concept that's foreign to us now. Again, you can be actively engaged in what you do but it rest within, that's the idea.

It's a thought of being tranquil at peace, relaxed, confident in Christ's plan by coming to Christ yoking up with him learning from him and what is the tedious we will enter into a rest like we never could know otherwise. Fifth and finally doesn't mean I'm through the fifth and finally the words that relieve my yoke is easy, my burden is light. Sounds almost oxymoronic, doesn't it. How can a yoke be easy to get a burden it's a bird I can it be like. It's true because we exchange all of the irksome. This, of humanity, and we rely on him is a nonsensical doubletalk.

This is a true and actual relieving statement apart from the finished work of Christ. You cannot know what it is to truly handle the burdens with these and pulled me yoke and find it easy. My burden is light. All of the way Doug Webster wrote about this.

You being easy to his book the easy yoke. His yoke is neither cheap nor convenient. The surprising promise of the easy yoke was meant to free us from self-serving meritorious performance based religion.

It is easy in that it frees us from the burden of self-centeredness liberates us from the load of self-righteousness and frees us to live in the way God intended us to live. He goes on, apart from the grace of Christ in the saving work of the cross.

It would be impossible to convince people that the easy yoke is doable, but who in his right mind would go back to the gods of self money lost in power who would return on bended knee to the shrines of pious performance and judge mentalism is not love better than hate, purity better than lust reconciliation better than retaliation and is it not better really easier when measured in character rather than convenience rest for the soul. Rather than selfish pride. So true now. So much for the words ancient and true, but now it's our turn.

If we want to emulate these things must take them personally is time for you and me to get some rest for us to exchange our unfruitful and constant activity, and to turn our attention to all the Christ continues to do for us, prays for us constantly.

He's in our corner for giving us the instant we bring before him are wrongdoing, but we must come notice the invitation, one man admits this in his testimony. I was a freshman in college and I was full of myself think anyone at the time would've said so, and I didn't think so, but now, in retrospect, I know it was so every choice I made revolved around pleasing me. Pride was my mother. If you will, and I did whatever she said to do.

I had reason to be proud. I was an honor student straight A's.

Mr. Smart smarty-pants is a better way to put it.

I had a nice looking girlfriend. She was tall, blonde and athletic. I was also athletic. One of two freshmen playing on the varsity basketball team in the Division III school on a team that was so good it would finish second in the nation. The other freshmen on varsity so skilled that he would transfer in a year to a Division I school.

I had all that going for me. I had the grades the girl the prowess and I believe Jesus was, who the church said he was. That's just how I was ready religiously son of God. Sure rose from the dead find God for my sins. Very good.

I believe in my brain, but not that deep in my heart because I didn't believe. Down there.

I played by my own rule. No need to put some yoke on this boys back. I wanted freedom. Freedom that comes with me deciding what's right and what's wrong you know what my yoke lists, and Christ's lists living never brought it never brought rest. This is an honest man and never brought rest. However, when Christ chose to befriend me by his gracious will. First, destroying all my idols and then pressing down my peacock feathers. I lost everything that made me proud when he made me humble enough to see straight. I was then willing to put Jesus yoke on there was a new yoke in a new burden and not carry but you know what, for the first time in my life I felt rest. There are always new ways of thinking and speaking and living. Each time I walk forward in faith. It felt surprisingly light, even easy, even today. It still feels like my body and soul are designed to carry this so take him up on it.

Unserious EAX come on how heavy is all that junk you're carrying on your back has sexual immorality brought you rest has partying every weekend brought your rest has that perfect girl or guy brought you rest has your grade education brought you rest is climbing the corporate ladder brought you rest is any of that stuff you keep buying the house the car the vintage sports car. The vacation home. The home entertainment center. The hot job the box of Twinkies knew that brought you rest is any of that brought you rest following Christ is the hardest thing you will ever do. There is a yoke, you must follow his rules.

There's a burden. The stuff he wants you to carry like persecutions and trials and tests, but I tell you it works.

This Jesus is right, he brings the rest.

Every human being longs for that comes only by being in the right relationship so get rid of the pride under the sun and find that rest you've been longing for now and in the life to come, that describe anyone listening right now.

Years ago I learned it in these words I walk lives way with an easy tread on traveler pleasures and comfort led until one day in a quiet place them at the master face-to-face was stationed in Rankin well for my goals much thought from a body none for my soul had entered to win this life's mad race when I met the master face-to-face. I built my castles and reared them high sugar towers. It appears the blue the sky I'd sworn to rule with an iron mace. When I met the master face-to-face I met him and I knew him and I blushed to see that his eyes full of sorrow faltered, and fell at his feet. That day while my castles melted vanished away melted and vanished, and in their place.

Nothing else could I see but my master's face.

My thoughts are now for the souls of men. I've lost my life to find it again.

Ever since the day in a quiet place. When I met the master face to face ancient words ever true changing me changing you must bow our heads and close our eyes just for a moment, let's just rest.

Let nothing else interrupt noumenal soul-searching. You've heard the words. Words that invite and expose and describe promising relief. What you do about I suggest you go back to that very first one, and you come to him. Just don't try to fake it any longer.

I know you strong. I know you think you can make it on your own when you breathe your last, you will be on your own.

So let's get ready for that now before you stand before him who made you set off a good idea that you prepare for that by trusting in Jesus just turn to him, take issue you'll find yoke is easy and the burden is light. You'll be forgiven will be given a holy purpose for living, and you will for the first time in your life. Be at rest now's the time come to him. Let us hear from you if you choose to do that. Let's give this belief a moment to take root. Let's make certain your you really mean business.

I just words, but you really mean and let us hear from you tell us you want to start a whole new life will help you get there. Thank you father for these words that don't seem to be so ancient that it seems as though they were written yesterday are spoken today address whatever maybe need to be addressed to stop us right now to turn our attention to you. We do, warts and all scars and all the mess we've made of things and all become confident that these statements you made our thank you for teaching us today. Now, help us to learn what from the Lord Jesus himself in whose name we pray. Once paraphrasing the words of Jesus. Chuck Swindoll titled today study, get some rest and he has some important closing comments to add so please keep listening.

To learn more about this ministry. Please visit us and Insight for living. We understand that some of your best moments with God occur when you're alone and have some rare quiet time to read and reflect. In these moments of stillness. It's easier to hear God's voice and feel his presence well.

In addition to your Bible reading may recommend a helpful book. Chuck is written the complements our studies in Matthew 11. This week we're confident the biblical teaching in this book will cultivate calmness and renewed confidence that God is with you.

The book is called finding God when the world's on fire if you're looking to rekindle your passion for God even in the midst of unsettling circumstances. The Bible teaching in this book will guide you again is called finding God when the world's on fire and you can purchase a copy right now by going to or give us a phone call if you're listening in the US dial 1-800-772-8888 and Insight for living. We remain committed to bringing hope and rest.

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It's a mission to bring the hope in light of the gospel to all 195 countries of the world that were calling vision 195 check. Thanks Dave personal holiness is rarely the result of legislation. Now don't get me wrong, I truly believe our country should establish and enforce laws that uphold biblical values, but genuine transformation in the heart sweeps across the country. When Christians began to think and act biblically, the Reformation, for instance, was ignited by Martin Luther in Germany, but the torch was carried by the zealous believers who burn with passion for the unadulterated truth of God's word for that very reason. Insight for living ministries is fully devoted to making disciples and equipping listeners just like you to think biblically so that you are prepared to act biblically in this culture with its back, turned against God in his letter to the Romans, Paul put it this way.

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