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Greetings, Victory Family.  

This past Sunday, Pastor Oscar Ortiz preached at the OKC Campus and Pastor Matt Wood preached at the Edmond Campus.  Both of them did a fantastic job, and I am thankful for them.  

I am looking forward to being back with you this Sunday.  This week I am away with my family taking some time to rest.  I will admit, sometimes I am not the greatest at taking time to rest.  I am like many others out there who have a relentless drive to “never stop.”  This has become commonplace for those of us in the western world.  In fact, this drive to “never stop” is celebrated in our culture and is seen as heroic in some regards.  However, I am learning more and more the importance of escape and rejuvenation.  Scripture is very clear on this subject.  It does not take a theology degree to figure this one out.  

REST.  This one simple word can be the difference between a fulfilling, joy-filled life versus a stress-induced life that will affect your marriage, job, kids, health, and every other aspect of your life.  

 
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
— Genesis 2:2-3
 

 Did you catch that?  It says He blessed the seventh day “because on it He rested.”  The day of rest was a blessed day.  Jesus was continually challenging His disciples to rest.  

 
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’
— Mark 6:31
 

Not only are we to rest our physical bodies, but God offers us rest for our souls.

 
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
— Matthew 11:28-30
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
— Psalm 62:5
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
— Psalm 116:7
 

 You see, God understands us because He created us.  He knows how we stress and overdo it and chalk it up to “hard work.”  Yes, God wants us to work hard; however, He also wants us to rest and recharge.  If you’re reading this post finding yourself stressed out to the max, I encourage you to simply…REST.  Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you back up.  If God rested, how much more do we need to?  I believe when we do, God blesses our day of rest!

 

DO NOT MISS THIS SUNDAY AT VICTORY CHUCH.  IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW CHRIST, OR ARE IN A SEASON OF UNCERTAINTY OR QUESTIONING THEIR FAITH, PLEASE BRING THEM THIS SUNDAY!  I AM PREACHING A MESSAGE WITH A NEVERTHELESS TESTIMONIAL VIDEO THAT WILL AMAZE AND INSPIRE.  IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!

 

It is an honor to serve alongside you.

 

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