Your Rest Will Be Your Reset

While spending time with the Lord on September 16, 2021, in reading His word, prayer, and worshipping Him, I heard the following in the Spirit, “Your rest will be your reset.” This occurred during Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s important to understand that while we are no longer under the law but under grace (Romans 10:4), we need to appreciate that atonement for our sins came through Jesus’s death on the cross. 1 John 1:9 reassures us that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This prophetic word, “Your Rest Will Be Your Reset,” is encouragement for the weary. Envision yourself sitting by the still waters as you read this week’s blog post.

Next, I received a prophetic vision wherein I saw someone standing in a completely dried-out pasture. There wasn’t a sign of green vegetation anywhere. Since I was raised on a farm, the Lord will oftentimes speak to me via agricultural terms or pictures. I heard an invitation in the Spirit, “Come into the lush green pasture that has a secure fence around it.”

In the next scene of the vision, I saw a new, human heart. I heard in the Spirit, “A fresh heart will give you a new restart.”

Rest, Reset, Restart, Renewal & Reassurance

#1. Rest

In the Old Testament, after Israel left Egypt and headed toward the promised land, they were required to rest at various intervals in the desert. God decided when they were to rest and when they were to be on the move. He did this through the cloud of His glory.

“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and the fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” (Exodus 40:36-38)

Genesis 2:1-3 informs us that God rested on the 7th day of His creation foreshadowing how to keep the Sabbath day holy.

In the New Testament, we’re under grace, so we don’t necessarily have to adhere to the strict Old Testament rules and regulations about keeping the Sabbath Day exclusively. Our Sabbath doesn’t necessarily need to be on Sunday. We have the luxury and invitation to rest with Jesus Christ our Lord any time on any given day.

Jesus rested on different days at different times during His earthly ministry. And, if there was ever anyone Who needed rest, it was Him due to the sheer demands upon His life and ministry.

After Jesus sent out His twelve disciples who preached, cast out demons, anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them ((Mark 6:12), they gathered to Him and told Jesus what they had done and taught. His response was, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31) In the disciples’ rest was their reset to go back into the highways and byways to advance the kingdom of God among them.

Are you in need of rest?

#2. Reset

At the advent of the worldwide pandemic, reset became quite the buzzword regarding a reset of world governments, economies, institutions, regulations, practices, and on rolls the proverbial Reset River. Despite what imposed effects and results all of this will happen to be as we progress through the end of 2021 and into 2022, our omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God has His own type of reset in Him. This comes through His Son, Jesus Christ, who spoke these words in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Contextually speaking from the above-referenced verses in the book of Matthew, Jesus was describing the Jews who were suffering under a heavy load of religiously dictated responsibilities laid on them by the Pharisees, rabbis, scribes, and priests of their day. The rest Jesus spoke of meant relief from these unrealistic and burdensome tasks and way of life. The Greek word for rest is anapauo, Strong’s G373 which has three basic meanings:

“I. to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength;

II. to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest;

III. to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation.”

In John 8:31-35, Jesus addressed those Jews who made the correct choice and believed in Him. He reassured them in verse 36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) His invitation still stands to everyone on the planet today. It’s as if time has stood still with respect to this.

Suffice it to say, a spiritual reset will help us to navigate the imposed, physical resets in our lives.

Is there anything in your life that needs reset?

#3. Restart

“A fresh heart will give you a new restart.” Through the daily grind even absent a worldwide pandemic, our hearts can get weighed down with many things.

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. other than Jesus Christ, gave this sage advice, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV) Considering all the king had going on in his life, he most certainly wrote this from wisdom’s lofty vantage point.

Borrowing King David’s poignant words in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” He continues in verse 17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”

Psalm 139:23-24 starts the restart:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”

This calls for vigilance on our part and a yielding to allow God to search our hearts to show us if there’s any evil in it. Daily Bible reading helps us to be “washed with the water of the word.” (Ephesians 5:26) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

There’s the mention of God promising a new, undivided heart to the Israelites in Ezekiel 11:20. The result of this will be obedience to the commandments of God. The fulfillment of this prophecy will occur during the millennial reign of Christ when Israel is restored to faith. (Romans 11:26)

For New Testament believers, our hearts were transformed when we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9-10) Keeping them in a fresh state of renewal will definitely aid with a restart in applicable areas of our lives and spiritual walk.

Sometimes, things need to be reset before they can be restarted.

#4. Renewal

Is there anything that you need renewing in your life today? If so, what is it? Have you tried doing it in your own strength? How’s that working for you?

Joshua renewed the covenant with Israel by reading all the words of the law, including the blessings and the curses. (Joshua 8:30-35)

When we wait on the Lord and rest in Him, our strength is renewed.

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31)

Isaiah 30:15, “In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

The more the world spins out of control, the less we are to be conformed to it. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post regarding waiting upon the Lord. Here’s the link for it if you’d like to read and revisit it.

#5. Reassurance

The completely dried out pasture in this prophetic vision followed by the lush green pasture invitation reminds us of the comforting psalm of King David portraying the Lord, the Shepherd of His people. There’s so much reassurance in the 6 verses of Psalm 23. It’s one my husband and I’ve chosen to memorize and pray aloud on our daily walks.

If we contrast the two pastures to the verses, it would be as if none of the benefits of Psalm 23 were present until the woman chose to enter the new pasture with the secure gate. John Chapter 10 highlights Jesus as the good and true shepherd Who knows His sheep, and He is the gate or door for them.

The symbolism for pasture is ultra-obvious which is a feeding ground; however, what we eat will manifest in many areas of our lives.

The present reality and state of our nation and world demand a reassurance of Jesus’s presence in all that we are and do. Many of the old church hymns were borne as a result of the trials and tribulations of saints who have already graduated to heaven and are among the great cloud of witnesses. (Hebrews 12:1) They most probably drew strength and inspiration from reassurance in Jesus while they walked the earth.

Prophetic Insights For Daily Living

  • Which of the 5 “R’s” speak to you the loudest, i.e., rest, reset, restart, renewal or reassurance? Or perhaps there’s more than one that stirred your spirit.

  • Do you find it difficult to carve out time to rest amidst your daily schedule?

  • Rest can come in many different forms. It doesn’t always have to be reclining in a chair or sleeping in a bed. Some examples would be: cease from striving with anyone or anything; turning off a constant news feed; or saying no to things we know we don’t have time to do or that God has not assigned us to complete.

  • What are your “rest thieves” that rob you consistently or from time to time?

  • Do you feel you need a reset in any area of your spiritual or physical life?

  • I deem this prophetic word is not only encouragement for the weary, but for all of us as we embark upon the new Hebraic year 5782.

Fellow saints, rest in God, so He can reset whatever you need!

Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.

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