THE HEALING POWER OF SABBATH REST
Sabbath is the time when heaven touches earth. When we take true Sabbath rest we step out of time for a while, and touch eternity. Sabbath is a gateway place.
When Jacob dreamed of the ladder with the angels ascending and descending on it, his declaration afterwards was:
How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.’
[Genesis 28: 16]
Sabbath is the time for miracles: we read that many of Jesus’ miracles of healing and deliverance were done on the Sabbath. The religious folk didn’t like it – it upset all their ideas of appropriate behaviour! For them the Sabbath was a time for rules and proscriptions, for hedging people in, for worshipping a far-off God. But Jesus was God was in their midst, and He saw the Sabbath as an opportunity for His realm to invade ours, an opportunity for the powers of darkness to be driven back, an opportunity for people to be set free.
As we develop a Sabbath lifestyle (see last post), let’s expect it to be a time when we profoundly experience the presence of God, a time when we see Heaven touch earth. In the Lord's presence, needs are met, prayers are answered, bodies are healed & souls are restored. Let's come to Him with expectant hearts, receiving from Him all the blessings He has for us; and giving to Him our praise and adoration.
And let’s become people through whom the power of Sabbath rest flows, people who bring Sabbath rest in all its wonder, into a very needy world.
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