Rest in Him
Posted on 12/31/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
TRANSCRIPT: (does not contain everything found in the audio above)
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A REASON TO REJOICE
by Benjamin R. Faust
I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am
I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control
For you have set my feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost
You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire
and Melt me Lord 'til
only you remain!
FAIREST LORD JESUS
lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.
I SURRENDER ALL
by Judson W. Van DeVenter
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
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Father God, Thank You for this time in your presence, to sing to You and to focus our attention upon You and all that You are to us. I ask that as we continue this service that the words that are spoken would bring glory to Your name. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.
Please be seated.
Today's fireside chat is titled “Rest In Him.” I want us to think about that as we go about this time as I share what I believe God has placed on my heart.
As we look towards the new year, the time when the Christmas busyness becomes the new year busyness, I want us to slow down. To rest in Him. I will say a bit more as we go.
As I sit here typing away at my desk, our Christmas tree is still up and lit. The living room curtains are open so people outside can see the tree. Looking at the Christmas tree and the beautiful ornaments, makes me peaceful. It reminds me of the Christmas season. What we celebrate.
On my facebook status today I posted this:
Knowing Him Who created all things, Who came in flesh, Who died for my sins, Who rose from the died....is here with me...through all things....all I can say is...Hallelujah...
Knowing that if I allow myself to rest in Him...I will be calm even if I'm in a storm. I can know that I know that I know that God is with me...that all things will work out...because I am resting in Him. In Him that made the birds...the birds that now have migrated south...for the winter...the One Who made the bears, foxes, deer, whales, fish, all creatures great and small...Him Who made mankind. If I but rest in Him all will be made well.
There are times when circumstances are out of our control. For example what happened on December 27, just four days ago. Yes, I'm talking about this past Wednesday.
I'm going to tell you. I know it happened because it happened to me.
I was at work, sitting at my desk waiting for my next caller. I started feeling unwell. My chest hurt a bit, my hands were clammy. I just didn't feel well. When have an instant messenger system at work and I told my fellow co-workers I did not feel well. One asked if I was okay. And I typed back no. A good friend nearby asked me again if I was okay. I turned towards her and said no, starting to cry. She said “It's okay, Jen.” She gave me her pillow to hug and called for our supervisor. All kinds of things started to happen at once. I started to hyperventilate. I was so scared. Someone called 911. The manager called my husband so he could meet me at the hospital.
When the ambulance came, I was a bit more calm. At the hospital, they did all kinds of tests on me. They all came back normal. Which of course was good...and yet what had happened? I have a scheduled appointment on January 11th to see my doctor so I will talk to him about it then.
The very first call I took that day, the member yelled at me. I think it may have triggered something and I may have had a panic attack.
I do not share any of this lightly or to get sympathy. This is my example of something that can put you in a situation that you are NOT calm, you are NOT resting. It is not something that can be taken care of easily. But once I was able to be calm...to breathe normally...to be myself again and not so panicky, I was able to rest in Him.
Even though I have bruises where they stuck me with needles, I can rest in Him. I can rest in Him Who was close by while I was in a panic....not understanding what was going and not even able to really voice very much.
And when I got to work on Thursday, so many people asked me how I was. A co-worker who I haven't talked to very much said I scared everyone. They were worried about me. This is how family feels like. They want to know how you are. They want to know that you are okay and that you really and truly ARE okay! It isn't just pretend, but the truth!
I haven't told my mom because I want to wait until the doctor tells me what happened. I don't want to worry her. She's in PA and I'm in KY. That's about a 13 hour drive without stopping. So yeah, I want to wait and tell her about it.
But we all have experiences where we can rest in Him...or times when we know we weren't, but realize we should have rested in Him. And He is not going to punish you for being a bit panicky. He may call you to Him and tell you to rest in His arms. He is always there waiting...waiting for us to rest in Him.
Altar call. During the altar call, I want us to rest in Him, rest in His arms. Allow Him to bring comfort and peace to you.
Father God, I ask that You would bring us peace and rest as we go about this day and the rest of our week. Help us to seek out Your rest in our lives, so busy as they are. Bring us to a point where we are so exhausted that we need to rest in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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May God bless you this week.
May you rest in Him...Who created all things...Who loves you very much...Who brings peace and rest to weary souls. Rest in Him, my friends. Rest in Him.