"In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him...that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him - totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence." Chuck Swindoll
PRAY: God, I thank You that if I am ever persecuted because of loving You, I am blessed. May the one who insults me or persecutes me realize how much You love him or her and chooses to embrace You and experience Your blessings. Lord, let all the people I love who don't know You come to believe in Your Spirit and feel You resting on them like a warm blanket. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen
REFLECT: Have you ever been teased, insulted, or even persecuted because you believe in Jesus? Did you know that because God's Spirit rests on you, that He blesses you, especially in those moments of standing up for your faith? You never need to worry that you are different or not liked or weird because of your faith. Stand with confidence knowing that you are blessed and that the Holy Spirit is resting on you. What a beautiful visual that is!
ACT: We think of resting in God, but have you ever thought of God resting on you? Think of the times that you have been awkward, shy, or even afraid of being a Christian. Then imagine the Holy Spirit resting on you, comforting and protecting you. Isn't that a warm, peaceful thought? Realize that at any given moment, you can rest in God and He is resting on you. Let that truth give you confidence and power in all circumstances.
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