Rest vs Anxiety

Rest vs Anxiety

Friday, 27 May 2022

“Remember the LORD your GOD. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.” – Deuteronomy 8:18 NLT

In 2020, there were 2024 billionaires that were referred to as self-made, while 207 inherited their wealth. We live in a world where people are obsessed with being multi-millionaires. There is even a school of thought that believes the universe gives you what you confess, and if you work very hard the universe will reward you. As a result of these beliefs, most people who’ve made it attribute their success to their own input and ability, hence “self” made. This is why most of them are of the opinion that poor people are lazy. If they were able to make it on their own, what’s stopping everyone from doing the same. One thing that has always puzzled me is why is it that you can have two individuals doing the same type of business, putting in the same amount of effort yet one succeeds and the other doesn’t. I suspect that there is another element at work here, it’s not all dependent on the individual (there is a 3rd force here, as politicians always say).

When GOD found us at our worst we realized that we weren’t worthy of His sacrifice and as a result, we were very humble. We knew that our salvation was a gift, and not earned. Yet somehow that’s the extent we think grace operated in our lives. We started in the spirit and now we want to proceed in the flesh. We feel worthy when we’ve prayed for a whole week or fasted for days. After these praying or fasting marathons, we feel super spiritual and attribute this to our own efforts, in the same way, the “self” made billionaire gives credit to himself. As a result, we start to judge those who fall because if they were as “strong” as us (eg. able to pray for hours and fast), they too would still be standing. Some time back I was secretly judging a man for having marital problems as I attributed his problems to him not putting in the effort to make his marriage work. It’s at this very moment I was reminded that I must not think I’m happily married because of my own ability, but because of the grace that has been availed for my marriage. The same way I’m standing I can easily fall if I’m not humble. This rebuke made me realize that I’m not special or unique, it’s all GOD (the humble pie wasn’t palatable at all). 

In the above Scripture (Deuteronomy) we can see that you can labor and plan all you want, if GOD hasn’t decided to bless you you’ll be laboring in vain (Psalm 127:1).In the same way, our fruitfulness and effectiveness in the kingdom aren’t directly proportionally to our ability, but indirectly proportional to it (thought I should drop some algebra in there). The more your flesh elevates itself, the lesser the Holy Spirit manifest or operates. GOD will never share His glory with anything or anyone. So if you attribute your success to yourself He’ll remove Himself from the equation.

“Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Galatians 3:3. This is the very same reason why some Israelites died in the wilderness. They left Egypt through the enablement of the spirit, now that they were free from their oppressors they’ve let their flesh take over and wanted to be in control. Unfortunately, this is the same trap we still find ourselves under to this very day. After having conceived our walk of faith through the spirit, we now want to sustain and continue it in the flesh, while also still expecting the LORD to be there to pick up the pieces. This is really witchcraft. We need to surrender our will and our obsession for control to the LORD and enter into His rest, seeing that the invitation to enter it (rest) still stands to this day. This will lead to less anxiety and less antidepressants. Let’s just take a leap of faith and jump in, He hasn’t forsaken us this far. 

We need to surrender our will and our obsession for control to the LORD and enter into His rest

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