In my experience with healing from depression, I met many well-meaning Christians that were intent on spiritualising every aspect of my condition… everything was a stronghold or a soul tie, and yet most days I clearly heard the Lord say ‘rest is the most spiritual thing you can do today’.
It is true our battle is not against flesh and blood, there is a spiritual realm in which we must contend for healing (see Ephesians 6:12).
However if we are to contend for healing, I believe it is not to give the enemy so much ‘air time’ that we become paranoid and look for a demon under every rock. Rather I suggest we must embrace what needs to be addressed for spiritual health (prayer, deliverance, repentance etc.) alongside applying some practical steps towards healing our physical bodies.
Recently I read a daily devotion penned by L.B Cowman Streams In The Desert, she writes on the issue of confounding physical weariness with spiritual weakness:
And what did God do with His tired servant? Gave him something good to eat and put him to sleep. Elijah had done splendid work and had run alongside of the chariot in his excitement, and it had been too much for his physical strength, and the reaction had come on and he was depressed. The physical needed to be cared for. What many people want is sleep and the physical ailment attended to. There are grand men and women who get where Elijah was- under a juniper tree! And it comes very soothingly to such to hear the words of the Master: “The journey is too great for thee, and I am going to refresh you.”
Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is rest, along with spiritual laws we also must address the natural laws of ‘something good to eat and a good sleep’… today, give yourself permission to rest and have something good to eat 😉 X
October 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Lovely post! Encouraging and refreshing.
October 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Be still…have a wonderful night.
October 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm
Thank you… yes you also have a wonderful night X
October 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm
You know it is often when I stop fighting the wars in my heart and mind and rest that I find Jesus comes and meets with me. It is in these intimate moments with Jesus that He touches the struggles of my heart and mind and takes me on a journey of healing.
October 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm
Yes such a peace to be found in God’s truth “Be still & KNOW that I am God” – bless ya xx
October 26, 2013 at 4:39 am
Such a refreshing post! Sometimes that is the easiest anecdote; get some rest. We tend to stay up stressing over our cares instead of casting to Him as he never sleeps or slumbers. Then we can get the much needed rest. Thanks for the post.
October 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm
Hi Jacqueline! Yup so important to lay our burdens down… and remind ourselves to not pick them up again 😉 Bless ya xx
October 28, 2013 at 6:23 am
Amen! God Himself rested when creating the world so we should as well. Getting caught up in the busyness of the world and the the things thereof even if they are for God can get us burnt out. We need to listen to Him when that small voice if not louder calls us to a place of rest.
Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you today and the coming week. 🙂
October 28, 2013 at 10:15 am
I have praying for days the right words to share with a friend. Thank you for being courageous enough to live transparently and write the post good work.
October 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Bless bless bless you x
October 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Rest. Ahhh. God Himself rested. So it is valuable and important. This is a lovely post to remind us … We are made in His image in so many ways, including needing rest.
Bless you dear heart!