1 John 5:4-5 NIV
…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes
the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
- Learn to trust in God’s provision.
Exodus 16:4-5 NIV
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for
you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that
day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my
instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in,
and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
• God miraculously provided the manna.
• If they gathered too much it would spoil.
• On the sixth day, they were to gather twice as much.
Philippians 4:19 NIV
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his
glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 4:6-8 MSG
Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More,
more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, more joy in one ordinary day
than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for
sound sleep, for you, God, have put my life back together.
- Learn the power of saying “no”.
Exodus 18:17-23 NIV
Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You
and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.
The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now
to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You
must be the people’s representative before God and bring their
disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show
them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select
capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy
men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over
thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for
the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to
you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make
your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this
and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all
these people will go home satisfied.”
- Learn to say “yes” to rest.
Shaabat – to cease, to abstain, to desist from, to end, to stop
Exodus 20:8-11 NIV
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall
labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the
Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your
son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals,
nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord
made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but
he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the
Sabbath day and made it holy.”
We Sabbath to stop and rest and connect and reflect.
Deuteronomy 5:12, 15 NLT
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God
has commanded you…Remember that you were once slaves in
Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand
and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded
you to rest on the Sabbath day.”
Understanding the Sabbath:
• Rest from your work.
• Rest from even the thought of work.
• Rest as if all your work was done.