By Apostle Tonya
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Hebrews 4:10
There was a time when the Blessed Holy Spirit began guiding me to study the life of Saint Teresa of Ávila, a life dedicated to the Lord Jesus in suffering, sacrifice and prayer. The study about her life of service unto the Lord became most rewarding to me and the trajectory of my life increased in hunger and fullness for holiness. In the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Ávila, she recounted her suffering of debilitating headaches and her desire for an ordinary life with Jesus. Most dear to me was an account of her kneeling in prayer when the Holy Spirit came upon her and she suddenly began to ascend. In this account of the Comforter using St. Teresa of Ávila for His glory, she recorded that ofttimes she would plead with Him to cease using her body and would ask the sisters to sit on her. I wonder what the Blessed Holy Spirit may have thought as His precious Daughters tried to overpower Him! For His glory is not ours.
It is written that our Risen Lord stood in the midst in the Book of John 20:26:
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Quite like St. Teresa of Ávila, I have pleaded with the Holy Spirit to cease using me in this manifestation of His glory. I am hopeful that His grace for me to accept it Swill rest upon me for my lifetime.
The Father is kind. A few weeks ago, He gifted me with an experience of His rest at a special place wherefore I am most grateful to have enjoyed. It is my heart’s desire to give to women who are preparing for ministry a holy place to rest in Him. I am in awe that the Lord answered my hearts prayer to experience a rest on the grounds of a convent; generations of sisters offering the sacrifice of righteousness to our Beloved Father. The Rose of Sharon’ blessed fragrance filled my days of rest as I enjoyed quiet walks with Him and sitting alone in an marvelous chapel filled with His precious glory. I am grateful.
The pandemic has left many of us fatigued, desiring rest, seeking thy Lord for direction in our lives, marriages, churches and ministries. I encourage you who are weary from the pandemic’s affect on your lives, and intercessors who have been in a season of warfare to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading to cease from your works and enter into His blessed rest. For our Father reminds us, it is good for us to draw unto Him, put our trust in Him to declare all His works.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9
May the Lord strengthen you. Amen.
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