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Today’s Truth

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11

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In today’s rush-rush world, do you ever wonder if the Lord’s ideas about the Sabbath are still viable?

For half of my adult life I lived as if this 4th commandment was as antiquated as the parchment on which it was written. Pressured by the demands of the upcoming week, I would use part of “my” Sabbath day to get a head start by food shopping, throwing in a load of clothes, finishing a house project, or working in the yard.

One day the Holy Spirit confronted me. He revealed to me that my misuse of the Sabbath was actually a sign of mistrust on my part. If I was honest, I had to agree with Him. My actions proved I wasn’t trusting God to empower me to get everything done in the upcoming week without me stealing part of His Sabbath day for my purposes.

After that albeit uncomfortable revelation, I decided to begin trusting God with my whole week, beginning with the newly honored Sabbath day—and guess what? Instead of becoming hopelessly behind in my tasks by the week’s end (as I had assumed), my other six days actually proved to be far more productive than normal. Undergirded with a day of Sabbath rest, I found new creative energy and I warded off burn out and illness, even under the weight of a heavy schedule!

Today’s Scripture tells us that after God spent six days creating the world, He paused on the seventh day to rest. Did the Lord Almighty need to pause to put His feet up? I doubt that was the case. Instead I believe the Lord was modeling a behavior He wanted us to follow. He purposed himself to pause on that day and consider the work He had completed—stating that what He had accomplished “was good.” The Lord enjoyed reflecting on a job (or week) well done. When was the last time you set aside a day to do just that?

You and I have been engineered with bodies that require adequate sleep, rest, and even recreation in order to function optimally and to feel well. Setting the Sabbath apart from the busyness of the rest of the week breeds physical, mental, and emotional health by allowing us the opportunity to reflect, recreate, and recharge.

So if you are experiencing burn out, lacking creativity, or struggling with frequent illnesses, perhaps you’ve been leaving the gift of the Sabbath Day unopened as I did for far too many years.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord of the Sabbath, forgive us for falling short of Your will and for disobeying Your command to honor the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. Please quicken our hearts to be Jesus followers in every way and on every day of the week. We exist to bring You praise.

In Your precious and Holy Name we pray,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

So here is my challenge for you this week—trust Jesus. Accept the gift of the Sabbath the Lord has given you. Spend time with God, enjoying His presence, His creation, reflecting on the productivity of the past week, and getting recharged for the upcoming week. I trust you’ll find that your Heavenly Father had your best interest in mind when He commanded the observance of the Sabbath.

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Lisa Morrone, PT is a physical therapist, professor, author of six books, radio guest and event speaker who encourages people to “Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake.” Visit Lisa’s website for more information and to sign up to receive her informative “Monday Morning Health Tips”!

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6 Responses to “Protect Your Sabbath Rest”

  1. Selina says:

    PRAISE THE LORD…At last.. .It is really about time (long awaited) that there is a true BIBLE Christian, sharing what the Bible actually says we must do & not whitewashing the 10 commandments & to be comfortable in sin.

    Thank you sister for that encouragement.
    Yes…Saturday (Sabbath) has been pushed aside for Sunday which is against God’s law. Yes…we can worship God any day (I am sure many of you will be saying..)

    But what does the 4th commandment say?

    Does the Bible say that to steer people away from God’s commandments is apostacy?

    I challenge those of you who are not Sabbath keepers to ask your pastor/reverend, priest vicar, etc what day is God’s Sabbath according to the Bible. Please watch their response carefully…ask them to show you.

    A very good resource is the following website:
    amazing facts.org
    There, you can access information that you can check against the Bible. You can ask questions & give your views……
    Again… Thankyou for the positive message.

  2. I do believe that the Sabbath rest is a continuous state of grace after the crucifixion. Hebrews 4 goes into great detail about it. I believe it is a daily rest as well. Jesus said He would give us rest.

    • Shaun says:

      The problem with that idea, is that the Sabbath is still kept during the New Heavens and the New Earth.

      Isaiah 66:22-23  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

      Yes, you can take a break everyday. But there is a difference between merely resting at night, vs. keeping the 7th Day Sabbath holy. Hebrews 4 doesn’t paint an image that rejects the 7th day Sabbath, but one that completely includes it.

      You will find that those who don’t want to keep the Sabbath sometimes ask questions about how will they pay their phone bills, or what if their employer doesn’t want them to take Sabbath off, or who will run certain services. This is actually a lack of faith in God, which prevents us from entering into God’s rest (Reread chapter 4 of Hebrews). He who took care of ancient Israel in the desert when their circumstances literally depended upon a miracle from God, will take care of us who obviously don’t live in a desert. What we need is more faith, to trust God that He will take care of us if we keep His commandments.

      And as always, the great principle to stick to:

      Isaiah 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

      Whosoever rejects, or teaches to reject God’s law, we should avoid, because the Word declares that such ones have no light in them. Therefore, the true saints of Jesus Christ both have faith in Him and…

      Revelation 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

      I hope this helps!

  3. Wow, how refreshing and amazing to read that someone has actually spoken to the topic of the “Sabbath”. The bible clearly states”remember” the Sabbath because he knew we would forget. God has not changed, we have. He NEVER asked us to honor Sunday due to his resurrection. He said the 7th day Sabbath was to be set aside and reverenced. Being a Sabbath keeper is very rewarding. I can’t imagine living without it. People argue that it is just for the Jews but God had instituted the Sabbath during creation before there was ever a Jewish nation or chosen people. I encourage others to seek out Sabbath keeping, bible based congregations and teachings. Seventh day Adventist are Sabbath keepers and are aesiting the advent or return of the Lord Jesus Christ as their name implies. Happy Sabbath and be blessed.b

  4. LInda Thomson says:

    Thank you for your wisdom!

  5. Tina says:

    Thanks a lot for this devotion, Lisa. Indeed we normally neglect the true meaning of Sabbath by doing a lot of things. This world has led us to work for 8 days (the tons of work and errands is fit for 8) instead of 6. Good reminder and I will definitely share this to my family and friends 🙂

    Blessings to you! 🙂

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