The Rest of Faith 2

23 June 2013


1.    Introduction

·         Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus invitation and promises “I will give you rest” “You shall find rest for your souls”

·         So many people today are in turmoil – anxiety, stress, anger, fear, striving

·         Jesus invites us into a lifestyle of learning how to handle life – have rest in our soul.


2.    Intimacy with the Holy Spirit is the Key to Rest

Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…..”

·         The activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to produce the fruit of peace.

Peace = NT1515 = to join, rest, prosperity, quietness, set at one again.


(a)  Example of Samson

Judges 16:20 “He did not know that the Lord had departed from him.”

·         Over a period of time Samson continued to grieve the Holy Spirit.

·         He felt nothing when the anointing lifted from him but the impact was devastating.

·         The consequence of the Holy Spirit being grieved was that he lost his strength to prevail in life.

·         The result: loss of vision – bondage to his enemies – daily grinding in slavery.


(b)  Example of Jesus

John 1:33 “….. upon Him whom you see the spirit descending and remaining on

            Him, the same is He that baptizes in the Spirit.”

·         The Holy Spirit remained on Jesus empowering Him each day to live in victory.

·         The Holy Spirit is gentle and sensitive:

(1) Sensitive to the needs and emotions of others

(2) Capacity to be hurt and grieved.

·       The Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove – symbol of peace.

·         Turtle doves are very sensitive animals – symbol of the Holy Spirit: Dove not Pigeon.  E.g. Never fight, don’t like noise, can’t be trained, mate for life, not territorial, afraid of people.

·         The Holy Spirit felt at home on Jesus – values and lives in agreement.        


3.    Don’t Grieve the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:29-32 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit by whom you were sealed…..”

·       The Holy Spirit is sensitive, has feelings and can be hurt and quenched.

·       Grieve = NT3706 = To distress, to make sorry, cause grief and pain.

·      Grieving the Spirit occurs when our attitudes and actions hinder Him flowing.

·       When He’s not grieved we experience the fruit of His presence within us.


(a) What grieves the Spirit?

Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice”

·         Holy Spirit is grieved and withdraws presence when we are filled with bitterness, hold grudges, refuse to forgive and allow sin and uncleanness in our lives.

·         The lack of peace (rest) is an indication that something is wrong (Colossians 3:15).

·         Each of the sins mentioned is a response to failing to address the pain and hurts that arise in relationships.

·         Hurt = anger = resentment = bitterness = malice = evil speaking.


(b) Why Are You Angry?

Ephesians 4:26 “ Be angry but sin not, neither let the sun go sown upon your anger.

·         It is ok to have feelings of anger but must manage them or it becomes a disease of the heart and grieves the Holy Spirit.

·         Angry – we get angry when we don’t get what we want or think we deserve.

-   when we feel our rights or entitlements have been taken away.

·       Anger – Somebody takes something, somebody owes me!, Payback!!

·       When there is anger in the heart it will always find a way of expressing .

Internalise Anger – person suffers depression, sadness, apathy, withdrawn.

Extending Anger – tend to want payback, revenge, explode, tend to talk to others to justify feelings and causes.

·         Anger is a contagious heart disease that is destructive – become angry with all.

Proverbs 22:24 “Make no friendship with an angry man and with a furious man you shall not go lest you learn his ways and set a snare to your soul.”


4.    Dealing With Your Anger

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in   Christ forgave you.”

·       There is the remedy! But how to apply it?

(1)     Identify who you are angry with

·  Need to address the source of anger.

·  Who do we hope we never see again?

·  Who do we hope to payback?

·  Who do we hope will severely fail?


(2)     Determine what they owe you!

·  Cannot be general, must be specific.

·  What do you want, feel entitled to?

·  What did they take?

·  Until you know what’s lost you’re unable to relax
- What does this person owe you?

- What did they take?

- What do they need to do to put the matter right?


(3)     Grieve the loss.

·  You cannot just override feelings.

·  How do you feel about the loss?

·  Express grief constructively.

·  Acknowledge the feelings that you have harbored in your heart.


(4)     Cancel the debt, forgive.

Ephesians 4:32 “……., forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.”

·  Jesus endured the pain and forgave, He released us from all debt.

·  Make a decision – speak it out, release them from the debt.

·  Have you made any bitter judgments?

·  Renounce and cancel the judgments.

·  Ask the Holy Spirit to forgive you fro holding wrong attitudes and for grieving Him.


(5)     Pray for the person to be blessed.

John 2:14 “We know we have passed from death to life when we love.” 

Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies……pray.”         

·  You are not free until your heart is free.

·  Picture the person as you pray and release blessing over them.

·  Jesus said “Come to Me and I will give you rest”.