Beloved, have you been inexplicably worn out? Has your motivation disappeared, and you're having a hard time figuring out what's wrong with you?
Well, if there is nothing physically wrong with you except that your motivation and energy feel depleted, perhaps you're participating in a spiritual season of rest. (Ask the Lord about this, remembering that Jesus said those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick DO–so be sure you go to the doctor if you have something actually physically wrong with you, okay?) 🙂
I heard the Lord speak to me about an “enforced” season of rest recently. He said:
“I told you that 2020 is the year of hearth and home, in which I am healing you through rest. However, you keep trying to leave the hearth, depart from your home, and stop resting!
Therefore, beloved, you give Me no choice.
I have hemmed you in behind and before and laid My hand upon you to REST. Because you have a heart toward Me, and have given Me permission to do whatever I like in your life, I have limited your options and your motivation to do anything other than obey Me–even when you don't realize that you are trying to get away from obeying Me.
I am enforcing a period of rest. This period of rest will last through the end of December.
The calendar year 2020 is a period of rest, all year. You will feel the switch at midnight–the moment between December 31 and January 1st. And late in that midnight hour, I WILL turn things around for you,” says the Lord, “but by that time you will be cured from the disease of busyness.”
“My treatment plan to cure you from busyness is for you to rest,” says the Lord. “Therefore, I beg you to stop trying to escape My rest.
You are not doing anything wrong by resting. Indeed, ask Me to show you a sign and a wonder–two things, one sign and one wonder–to confirm and affirm that you are indeed right where I want you, even though it looks like you are accomplishing nothing at all.
My rest is holy. My rest is pure.
And when you enter into My rest, you show that you trust Me better than at any other time. All the striving you do at other times does not please Me at all,” says the Lord. “Your labors please Me, for you are a faithful and worthy servant whom I love. But more than that, you are My child–and children do not need to strive.
Your status as My child takes precedent over your status as My servant, beloved. And although I would never want you to put your hand to the plow and then look back, I want you to learn to discern the difference between laboring and striving.
You can labor and rest at the same time, but you cannot strive and rest at the same time.
My rest is holy, but your striving is not. And it is not the striving to know Me that I am talking about here; it is your striving to provide for your own needs, instead of trusting Me. You have been doing your utmost to be sufficient outside of Me while all the while claiming to trust Me!
To remedy this, follow My order:
- Seek Me first every day.
- Hide My Word in your heart every day.
- Rest in Me every day.
- Then take the instructions I have given you when we were alone together, and carry them out.
This, and only this, is My divine order for you. And this is the only way to live that works.
My beloved child, I love you.
I am wildly in love with you and My love will never change. I am proud of you–so proud:
- Proud of how far you have come;
- Proud of what we have accomplished together;
- Proud of how much you love Me.
I see your heart and I know it is genuine, for you are functioning out of My heart. But your carrying out of My heart is not perfect yet, and I am helping you get there through REST.
Beloved friend, is the Lord speaking directly to you through this word today? If so, please leave a comment below and let me know what the Lord is saying to YOU!