Restful increase and commanded blessings

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Rest Before Increase And Commanded Blessings

Our natural minds tell us that if we want increase, we need to work and strive for it. The last thing we want to do is rest. But God’s way is rest before increase. God told the Israelites to rest the land for one year after they have cultivated it for six years. Some of the farmers must have thought: “What are we going to eat in the seventh or eighth year if we don’t work the land in the seventh year?” Maybe you are asking the same question: “How can there be increase if I rest?”

What is God’s answer? “… I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.” (Leviticus 25:21) God told the Israelites that He will make sure that they are so blessed in the sixth year that there will be enough produce for the next three years! My friend, when you observe God’s principle of rest, be it in your business, career, ministry or family life, you will not lose out. In fact, you will gain more than if you had not rested! You will have God’s commanded blessing. When He “commands” it, you will surely get it. Whatever is in the way will be removed!

Do It God’s Way

So rest brings God’s commanded blessing. With rest comes increase. That’s God’s way. Now, I am not talking about sitting at home and doing nothing. Remember that rest is simply being yoked with Jesus and flowing with Him. It is Spirit-directed activity, not inactivity.

Beloved, be yoked with Christ, flowing with Him in the unforced rhythms of grace, and find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29, The Message) The principle of restful increase you have learnt here will bless you in every area of your life. May 2010 be a year of restful increase for you!

This is an excerpt taken from Pastor’s post on restful increase.

i know that some of you have not experience the restful increase in terms of your academic grades. God’s Word for this year is simple and is still true despite that. 2010 is the year of restful increase for you and as you flow with Jesus, be yoked with Him, God commands the increase to manifest in your life.