Jesus Ways To Find Rest.

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

28 Come here to me, all who are growing weary to the point of exhaustion, and who have been loaded with burdens and are bending beneath their weight, and I alone will cause you to cease from your labor and take away your burdens and thus refresh you with rest.
Matthew 11:28 Wuest

The weariness Jesus is talking about is weariness of the soul (mind, will and emotions). If it is just physical tiredness in your body, just go to sleep. Don't rebuke the tired, go to sleep. Weariness of the soul may cause physical tiredness but is rooted in the soul. This is when you find yourself tired when there is no physical reason to be. Here are a few facts about weariness:

  • Weariness was instrumental to Esau selling his birthright. We must be cautious making decisions in times of weariness.
  • The weary are prime targets for the enemy, so we need to undergird them in prayer.

how he (Amalek) met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.Deuteronomy 25:18 NKJV

  • Weariness can cause you to not see your harvest when it comes (Galatians 6:9).
  • We have to be watchful of opportunists lying wait to deceive, seeking their own agenda in times of weariness.

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and NOT TO PLEASE OURSELVES. Romans 15:1 NKJV

  • Weariness tries to come against all, even giant-killing-faith-heroes like David.

15 When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. 16 Then Ishbi-Benob, who was one of the sons of the giant (Goliath), …, who was bearing a new sword, thought he could kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.” 2 Samuel 21:15 NKJV
Jesus is the answer for weariness. "Come to (Greek-"pros"- face to face with) Me." Face to face communion with Jesus in the secret place of the Most High is vital to finding rest for your soul.

This Greek word pros is the same Greek word that describes Jesus' relationship with the Father even before His incarnation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ("pros", face to face with) God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 NKJV
Come to Me, all…

Like every promise, Jesus’, promise of rest works for anyone who will come to Him.

Two lies of the devil:

1. Not you.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 NKJV
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11 NKJV
2. Not this time.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor… and I will give you rest. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The word labor is “kopiontes” which describes the most wearisome type of labor. The Greek tense describes without pause for a long time. This describes a person who is at the end of their rope. Whether you are laboring to be free from sin, with disappointment, or just struggling to do the will of God, come face to face with Jesus and He will give you rest. In His presence you will progressively assume His strength. Jesus will take the labor out of the work of God.

Come to Me, all you … are heavy laden...

“Heavy laden” in this verse comes from the Greek word “pephortismenoi”. It speaks of the portions and bag that a Roman soldier would carry. According to Rick Renner, the “heavy” is significant to indicate the length of the trip the soldier was taking. In other words, the further the trip, the heavier the provisions. So the next Jesus key to finding rest in your soul is: you must be willing to go with God for the long haul. Many experience weariness because they get shortsighted in their goals and faint when it does not come to pass by next Tuesday.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4 NKJV
The word “patience” is the word “hupmonay” in the Greek. It comes from two words “hupo” which is “under” and “meno” which means to “stay and abide”. We have to stay under Jesus’ Lordship and make His Word final authority no matter how much satan tries to pile on you. We also cannot leave the place where God has called us in tough times. If you will do these things you have God’s promise that you will come out perfected and completed lacking nothing, including rest for your soul.

Take My yoke upon you…

When a disciple joined himself to a rabbi in Biblical times, it was called taking up his yoke. When I take Jesus’ yoke, it’s no longer my will but His will, it’s no longer my plan but His plan.
16 Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16 NKJV
The first thing to check if you are experiencing weariness is to see if you have gotten off of God’s path for you. Many have worn themselves out trying to do what God has not called them to do. Faith, grace, and strength follow embracing God’s vision for your life.
18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is for one to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which he labors under the sun all the days which God gives him—for this is his [allotted] part. 19 Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God [to him]. 20 For he shall not much remember [seriously] the days of his life, because God [Himself] answers and corresponds to the joy of his heart [the tranquillity of God is mirrored in him]. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Amp
…learn from Me…

If you read the King James Version of this passage (“learn of me”), it lends to the idea that we are to read about Jesus in the Bible and find out what He did (that is important but that is not what this verse is talking about). But the Greek literally says “mathete ap emou”. “Ap” (a derivative of “apo”) means out from. So the next Jesus principle for finding rest for our souls is that we have to learn out from our relationship with Jesus. Our job is to follow Him and He makes us.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 NKJV
Our job is to abide in Him, the fruit is a result of that relationship.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:4-6 NKJV
We have to be sure every thought we have and everything we say and do is born out from Him.
16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority(“ap”). 18 He who speaks from (“ap”) himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. John 7:16-18 NKJV
Both “on My own authority” in verse 17 and “from” in verse 18 are the same word “ap” that means out from. In other words, we cannot interpret the Bible out from our own preconceived ideas. We cannot make ourselves self-appointed authorities on the meaning of scripture that is not derived from the Biblical context or original language (Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament).
But you must understand this at the outset, that no prophecy of scripture arose from an individual’s interpretation of the truth. No prophecy came because a man wanted it to: men of God spoke because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20 J.B. Phillips
Many are tired and weary because the grace of God is waning off of their life and ministry because they are seeking their own glory and are not using integrity in their preaching. Don’t get me wrong, we always know in part (1 Cor. 13:9). But, if we get further light on a scripture we are obligated to make corrections accordingly even if “we have always taught it that way”.
…for I am gentle and lowly in heart…

The next way you can find rest for your soul is to understand that Jesus is gentle and lowly. You will have a hard time approaching Him if you think He is angry at you. Some religions of the world portray Jesus as an angry ogre that you have to employ other mediators to approach. Jesus is the only mediator to God the Father (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is approachable.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. Psalm 18:15 NKJV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NKJV
..God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Amp
who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty J.B. Phillips
You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Message
He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. The Voice
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 NKJV
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity). Amp
The wisdom that comes from God is first utterly pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions, with no breath of favouritism or hint of hypocrisy. J.B. Phillips
-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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