God is peace

Brady Boyd – God is our peace.

You can’t be out 3 nights a week or work more than 50 hours a week. Most of our problems in our church and in our churches is we are moving to fast for to long.

Marriages fail because they stopped having unhurried conversations. We have to be friends.

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters sons and daughters. – We all need three levels of relationships all those relationships take time.

We all stay busy
1. If we stay busy we feel important
2. If we slow we’ll have to be honest with what is really happening in our lives. You want God’s you have to have God’s presence in our lives.

Luke 5:15-16

15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and prayed.

In the church world more people are being killed by workaholics more than alcoholics

I can destroy the beautiful things

On my tombstone I want the following: Really good husband really good father and above average pastor.

Jesus often withdrew.

If you want God’s peace.

1. Honor the Sabbath – Sabbath is for rest. – Block off a space of time to focus on God and family.

There is a big difference between a day off and a sabbath. A day off is taking care of stuff. Sabbath is for the Lord and not for me. Sabbath is a protest and rebelling against our innate desire to trust and worship our self-sufficiency. God can do more in 6 days than we can do in 7.

Vacations are for recreation
– Work Martyr Complex – busyness has become a badge of honor.

If we would get back to those two places God could do amazing things.

2. To lonely places to pray – There are so few places to be unconnected. We have lost the art of disconnecting.

Are our kids tuned into their cellphone alerts than they are to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Divine conversations comes from quite places.

God’s peace is found in God’s presence. God’s presence is found in God’s rest.

Shabbat Shalom – May you find God in your rest and may you discover that you can only find rest in God.

In biblical times they would pour wine into a vessel the overflow of the wine on the saucer. Each member of the family would drink from the saucer as a reminder of a sufficient God. The overflow reminded them that God is not just a God who supplies what we need but he is a God who supplies abundantly.

My Thoughts –

Loved the practical aspect of Brady Boyd’s message. This is a message every pastor needs to hear. Those of us in ministry are often the worse offenders of the Sabbath. Our calling to save others is killing us. We self justify our busyness by saying it’s a season or by saying that the purpose of our call is eternal.

The reality of our business comes down to the whole understanding of Christ as both sovereign and sufficient. I think that I can do more in seven days that God can do with six. I think I can have it all and don’t need rest. My problem lies in the fact that I want to be an amazing Husband, amazing dad, an amazing friend and an amazing pastor. The truth is that in all of my relationships I am completely replaceable except two husband to my beautiful wife and father to my lovely children. Every other relationship I am replaceable. I live my life more fully aware of that truth.

Lastly I loved the way that Jewish people great each other as they walk home to celebrate the sabbath. They say Shabbat Shalom to each other as they pass each other on the street. Shabbat Shalom means – May you find God in your rest and may you discover that you can only find rest in God. That is powerful. That is my prayer for me and my family but also for you. May you find God in your rest and find that you only can find rest in God. Augustine of Hippo said it this way “Thou hast made us for thyself, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

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