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The Resting Place

By Evelyn Timmons

 

May 28, 2018

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Scripture reference:

Ecclesiastes 10:18, Psalm 24:3-6 Revelation 1: 5-6 Isaiah 66:1

Acts 7:49 Isaiah 1:18 James: 1:27 Revelation 3:20

 

My husband and I have an old house about 110 years old. When the house was first built back in 1909 it was a lovely little home ready for the hopes and dreams of the families that would live in it over the generations. But as the years passed and different families owned the house it began to look less and less like the lovely little home built to be a resting place for the family who built it. At some point the house was even abandoned and began to weaken due to neglect and lack of interest. It had fallen into tremendous disrepair. What was once a lovely little home had become a shadow of what it once was. No longer was it a resting place but a place of abandoned dreams. Ecclesiastes 10:18 says, By much slothfulness the building decayeth, and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. Not only is this true of a physical house but it is also true of our spiritual house.

When I think of the this little house I am reminded of the Body of Christ. When you look at the body of Christ today you see things, things you don’t want to see, things you wouldn’t have seen in previous generations. I think about it a lot because I had the privileged of seeing and being in the Church decades ago when there was a true crying out for holiness, for righteousness. Back in the 70’s – 80’s and even early 90’s you could go into small churches all over the country and you would see and hear people seeking God. The Jacob generation – those who sought the face of God rather than His hands. Psalm 24:3-6 says, Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his Salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Back then people would pray together seeking the face of God, wanting to know God intimately. They would spend hours in prayer, seeking God and His will for their lives. They would shore up the weak and broken. But today most churches you go into you find very few seeking the face of God, most are seeking the hand of God. They want what God can give them more than a deep personal relationship with Him. Just as in our hundred + year old house many today have fallen into such a state of disrepair that they are a shadow of the house God made them into when they were first born again. God has not abandoned His dream for you – have you?

When you came to the Lord you came as a broken unclean house. The Lord swept the house – made you clean, washed you in His blood and made you white as snow. Isaiah 1:18 and Revelation 1: 5-6. You became a new creation. But that creation just like this old house does not stay in good condition by itself. Just like the house needs to be cleaned, repaired and maintained so do you. If you neglect the needs of your spirit and your spiritual house it to will fall into disrepair and the things that you were delivered from – the things that you once overcame will over take you again.

When we bought this old house the first things we had to work on were foundational, structural things. Things that held the house together. We could have gone in and put some paint on the walls, filled the house with nice furniture and pretty curtains and decorations and many people would not have known about the hidden things, the broken things. In this old house the hidden things, the things you don’t see everyday, the foundational things are what allow this house to be a home, a resting place and it is the same with our spiritual house. We knew the house had to be right if it was something that would be a blessing to our family. So the first things that had to be done were the foundational things that made the house strong and solid so that we could build on s solid, secure foundation.

Isaiah 66:1 tells us, Thus saith the Lord, The Heaven is my throne, and the Earth is my footstool, where is the house that ye build unto Me? And where is the place of My rest? Acts 7:49 also says, Heaven is my throne, and Earth is My footstool, What house will ye build Me saith the Lord. Or what is the place of My rest? The Lords desire is to rest in you to come and take His rest in you. But much of the Body of Christ are just like this old house. Many have just abandoned what they once were. They have let themselves fall away from the Lord and the resting place He was trying to build for Himself within them. Much of the foundation has crumbled – once straight walls have become bowed, twisted and weak, the foundations have broken down. Just as the foundation of the old house was weakened because of the roots of an old tree many in the Body of Christ have had their foundation destroyed by the roots of the world coming in and taking a place it should not have.

You do not have to be complacent, you do not have to allow your spiritual house to crumble. The Lord loves us so much and wants to take his rest in us. Just as Isiah 66:1 and Acts 7:49 tell us God is looking for a resting place in us, a place where He can be with us and rest in our presence. Have you ever been to someone’s house and there was all kinds of chaos going on and you couldn’t wait to get out of there? That is the way so many of us are with the Lord we are so full of chaos and turmoil that we are not a place where anyone can rest.

Our old house is still a work in progress but pretty soon it will be a quant little home that we will be able to build many happy memories of our family spending time together there and resting in each others love.

I say in Jesus Name that the rest of this year will be a time of restoring old foundations for the Body of Christ, for you. A time of restoring and renewing, shoring up that that has been broken, cleaning out that that has been abandoned. All things that stand in the way of making you the resting place of God.

But my brothers and sisters restoration will not come without repentance. We have an obligation to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, James 1:27. Praise God for his mercy. His mercies are new every morning. Let this be the day that your foundations are restored so that that intimate relationship with the Lord has a place to become reality. Repentance will sweep your house clean. As you spend time in prayer seeking the face of God and not just what He can do for you, as you read the Word of God and seek His face, His ways, as you turn your back on the things of the world you will find that you have become a most beautiful resting place for God – a place where you can know Him like few ever have. There is no house as beautiful as the one you and the Lord build together. The place where He longs to rest with you. Forget the cares of the past. Lay them down. Take your spiritual tools, repentance, prayer, the Word of God and build your resting place for the Lord. As Revelation 3:20 tells us He is still wanting to come in and sup with you.

As I am writing this tonight I sense the emotions of the Lord for you. He desires so much to have this place in you. A place where He can reveal His love for you, a place where you and he can become one. Please make this the day that you give your all to Jesus. He is waiting with arms open wide….

Listen to the song below, “Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool” and let the Lord minister to you and begin a new work on your house….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
Gabriel Bosire on 05-02-2018 at 12:46 PM
Our God is indeed faithful. Have been following the teachings of Apostle J P timmons since last year July, and indeed have grown much spiritually. May God continue to use you more. As I end I would also request if possible you tell us something about dreams. Shalom
James Johnson on 01-03-2018 at 9:36 AM
Bless you sir,I have analysed this your teaching on Christmas but how can we reconcile the word of God on the birth of our Lord Jesus as recorded," while shepards watch their flocks by night all seated round below, the Angel of the Lord came down and glory came...Luke 2:8, is it possible for Shepard's to keep watch over their flocks in a cold winter? Yes the birth of our Saviour needs to be celebrated but not on a pagan date fixed by pagans who once ruled the whole world for 500 years. Our God is a God of all season,let's keep on waiting for His coming which shall annihilate completely all the false festivals enunciated so far
James Johnson on 01-03-2018 at 9:09 AM
How do we reconcile the celebration of our Lord with this date of December if we consider Luke 2:8 very carefully with historical and biblical evidence,is it possible for Shepard's to sit under a cold winter their flocks
Roxanne Evans on 01-02-2018 at 3:46 AM
Thank you. This teaching on Christmas has set me free I this area. I figured, if you celebrate Christmas, then it cant be a taboo for us. So many Christians are no longer celebrating Christmas because of the teachings that are going around that it is pagan; that putting up a Christmas tree is idolatry.

Thank you!
Richard Barwick on 11-20-2017 at 9:39 PM
Blessed reminder of our Lord when He said if the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do, many of us forget about our basic foundation, and try to build a new one built on faulty ground, waiting to crumble and wondered what happened, deception cannot be built on truth.
Stacey Vogel on 11-12-2017 at 10:49 PM
There is so much truth in this teaching. It totally fed my spirit. Thank you.
Kathy Kelley on 10-13-2017 at 9:55 AM
Praise God! Thank you Brother Timmons for the Word of Truth. Glory Be To God
Scott Carney on 10-05-2017 at 11:08 AM
Excellent as always...Arise... let Prophets come to the surface as such as time as this .
Evangelist baafi Boateng Richison on 09-15-2017 at 10:58 AM
jp timmons God almighty bless you cuz my life has been a a lot through your books in the name of Jesus Christ Amen
Ps Samuel Gbormenu on 07-11-2017 at 12:04 PM
Rev. JP Timmons . I am so grateful for this great insight given me. I want to say I am a Police Officer, and a Pastor in Ghana with a Jesus Generation Ministries. I was led by The Holy Spirit to buy your book Mysterious Secrets of The Dark Kingdom about two months ago and since then I have given out as many as 15 which I had given out to pastors and church leaders. In fact I have not regretted buying same at all . My area of operation is deliverance and this book has enhance my knowledge on the subject. I am preparing to go into full time ministry and seeking direction from The Lord to do so.
Esme Louw on 07-03-2017 at 10:07 AM
Agree with you and thank you for this teaching.
david tamah on 07-03-2017 at 8:00 AM
God bless you sir
Felicitas on 05-30-2017 at 4:00 PM
Thank you so much. The teachings and your book Mysterious Secrets of the dark kingdom helps a lot as we prepare for the soon return of Jesus. Jn 2v5. Let's read the bible as much as we can
Christopher Agwuncha on 04-19-2017 at 5:31 AM
An eye opener for believers.God bless you man of God.
james on 04-17-2017 at 12:45 AM
From this day I pray God Almighty to bring you to Milan Italy in our church.I don't want to exaggerate the inestimable value of your teachings,publications and materials,once again may you be anointed stronger and stronger in the mighty name of JESUS CHRIST,amen
david tamah on 04-04-2017 at 9:08 AM
God bless you, sir.
Barbara Nelson on 04-02-2017 at 5:40 PM
Thank God for the word you gave my brother...We need to hear this especially in the times we are in. Praise God
Michael Clement on 04-02-2017 at 3:41 PM
I'm blessed sir
Ezeka Gabriel on 03-08-2017 at 12:40 PM
Am alway blessed! Does not being ordained makes one calling ineffectual?
pastor kemsian josephh on 03-07-2017 at 4:01 AM
help send everyting that will revive me
oluseye adeola oluwole on 03-06-2017 at 12:49 PM
Very informative. I will work on it. I have a question for you timmons. I am working on getting another job in a brewery. It later occurred to me that the brewery makes both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Does that not make me an enemy of God if I work there?
Stephanie Coetzee on 02-28-2017 at 5:00 AM
Precious teaching, how blessed are we to learn from you! We are living prayers, coming to see the truth of Ephesians 1 verse 18 ... how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints ... Be blessed!
Olumide Orisafeyijimi on 02-26-2017 at 11:29 PM
Thank God for the teaching gift and thank God for your testimonies and teaching ministry. It's almost calibrates your mind to comply with the word when you understand it. I'm gonna let the river of emotions flow even more in prayer And God help me to be a bit more repeated about prayer.

Question pls: Can continuous mean, setting a specific day of the week to prayer about an issue or it requires you prayer day after day over that issue...I recognise that the spirit of God can guide us in this matters on an individual basis (to avoid legalism) but what's your take Sir?

Also why do some prayers e.g. for healing happen almost immediately while others has to be long worn battle?

God bless Rev Timmons
Kathy Kelley on 02-26-2017 at 4:41 PM
Thank You Bro.T
I so enjoyed this and it was something I needed to hear at this moment and time. I am encouraged to not give up the good fight of Faith and to continue praying. God Bless
Rena TreviƱo on 02-14-2017 at 6:02 AM
Thank you for your teaching ! It rings true today in my area also.I thank God, He has been raising a select few who have been going into the churches to Pray these things down. May the Lord Abundantly Bless you !
Pastor Abraham Abiel on 01-25-2017 at 9:37 PM
May the good Lord bless and increase your ministry in Jesus name. You shall not fail God, may you remain rapturable in Jesus name.
james on 01-23-2017 at 2:03 AM
Your materials are highly anoited,I thank God for the Brother who reommended your book to me,I noticed a lot of positive changes in my life and ministry.What you you give out free of charge that some American pastors would place a cost on. My prayer is that God should anoint you more and more and increase His power on you,God bless you
Igwe Collinsmary on 11-18-2016 at 5:08 PM
Thanks bro Jp Timmons! You're indeed a blessing to me.
Joanna belmont on 07-23-2016 at 3:32 PM
Love the four 4 s. Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4. Two 4s are 8. New beginnings. Regeneration. Meditate on The Word more!
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