Sermon Notes- Pastor Jason, 10.20.19: Soul Care- Part 3
Creating a rhythm of rest for your soul
Pastor’s appreciation in two weeks- 1 Tim 5:17 NIV
- Week 1- How is your soul?
- Week 2- Dr. Dada: Anxiety and Depression
- “Five Pillars” slide from Dr. Dada’s message:
- 1. Spiritual support
- 2. Social support
- 3. Doing fun things with others
- 4. Exercise and healthy diet
- 5. Medications and mental health counseling
- Week 3: Creating a rhythm of rest for your soul: Rest and Sabbath
- What is Sabbath and what does rest mean?
- Rest: to cease from work or movement in order to relax, refresh ones-self, or recover strength.
- What rest isn’t: Rest is not watching T.V. all day. This is “vegging” or disengaging.
- Rest is: spiritual, practical, physical, emotional and mental. Learning to disconnect in order to connect with God. To enjoy Him and learning to lean into Him.
- Rest is: an intentional pursuit
- Do you practice a Sabbath day? What does it look like?
- Go to Mygoodnews.church: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/sabbath
- We are fighting to reestablish something we have lost as Christians, church and culture. It feels foreign and yet it is also a familiar desire.
1. Sabbath is resting in God’s sovereignty and honoring His kingship.
- God is in control and we honor that.
- The word Sabbath is the Hebrew word meaning “to cease”.
- Sabbath is a reset. A remembrance of who He is and what He has done. It is a very intentional and spiritual acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and provision.
- Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)
- God rested to enjoy His kingship.
- Similar to a musician enjoying the work of what they have written by sitting back and listening to their piece of art.
- We should be intentional about a day designated to remember His Lordship, provision, character and faithfulness. The Sabbath is practicing mindfulness of His kingship.
- I am setting aside this time to honor God, connect with God and enjoy what God has given us. “I acknowledge you, Lord, and what you have provided by your hand God”.
- It is a heart decision not a legalistic decision.
- To know God and be known by God.
- It is a practice of thanksgiving.
- What does it mean/look like to trust and honor His kingship?
2. Sabbath is an intentional decision to settle your soul.
- Isaiah 58:13-14, emphasis on verse 14:
- The people are doing all the external things that look right, but inwardly it’s all for the wrong reasons. It is selfish and driven by appearances.
- God wants His people to find delight in Him.
- Realignment, refilling and reordering our world.
- Sabbath is a decision for us to rest internally, and not just with external behaviors.
- Connect with God and with others. Connect with what refreshes you, and do what allows you to recharge.
- In order to connect you will have to disconnect.
- A Sabbath is about:
- Doing a hobby, or sleeping.
- Gathering with people, and others may spend time alone.
- Don’t be legalistic, but be intentional.
- Don’t get caught up in the legalistic requirement of a day; a full 24 hours.
- The goal is not to give you a list of rules to make it right or wrong. Or to set how many hours it has to be, ALTHOUGH it may help do that…
- Sabbath is about resting from overwork, anxiety, and choosing to separate yourself from worry.
- That rest is an overflow of God being in control.
- It is choosing and practicing an inner rest of the soul.
- Take a deep breath in and release. Add thanksgiving. This is Sabbath.
- An underlying root of not being able to let go and honor the Sabbath is that we struggle to trust God fully.
- If God can be trusted to provide everything we need when we obey, and give our 10% tithe (even when the budget doesn’t make sense to do that). Then can He not be trusted to help us get it all done? If we trust Him with the “tithe” of our time, can’t we trust Him with our obedience of Sabbath?
3. It is the intentional decision to make Jesus Lord on your Sabbath.
- Mark 2:27-28:
- The Sabbath was created for us.
- Jesus did many of his healings on the Sabbath.
- Jesus is: the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord of healing, the Lord of rest, the Good Shepherd, and the restorer of your soul.
- Invite Jesus to be the healer and the rest over your family, life, and issues. God wants us to pray from His rest, to work from His rest, and to live fromHis rest.
- Sabbath and rest:
- Honor God by celebrating His kingship.
- Settle your soul by disconnecting where you can and connecting to what matters.
- Declare Him Lord over your rest, and the healer of your life.
- Enjoy God, family, friends and what God has provided. Enjoy what you enjoy, and be intentional about enjoying it with God.
- Let Him be the restorer of your soul, and anything else He wants to heal.
- Pray: “God, today this is for you. I want to honor you. You are the Lord of my health, family, mind, job, soul, business, ministry, children….”
- Good News, I want this to become part of your life. I want you to be refreshed. I want you to ask God to help you make a Sabbath, to lead you in it, and to give you a simple plan.
- Make a list of things you are thankful for.
- Think back to where you have come from.
- Look up scriptures about His character, and meditate and pray on them.
- Step away from media, and from artificial connection to actually connect.
- Some may feel God’s pleasure by serving someone else.
- Some may experience God’s pleasure by being alone, or creating, or cooking.
- Whatever you do, enjoy God in it.
What is God saying to you about the Sabbath?
What is your response?
What practical response can you have this week?
How about for the month of November?
How about the year 2020?
How do you think your life would look different if you started honoring the Sabbath?
Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Isaiah 58:13-14 (NKJV)
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words,14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Mark 2:27-28 NLT 27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
Jesus is the Lord of rest