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Relaxing in God's Goodness

It’s no secret that people in our culture love to work. Often, we can feel guilty when we try to relax or take time off. But the Bible tells us God considers rest equally as important as work. So why don’t we do it more often? In this message at Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren reveals the 5 reasons people overwork and don’t get enough rest. You’ll gain valuable insight into your own work habits and learn 5 practical ways to relax. If you’re tired of burning the candle at both ends, this message is for you.

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"The Lord is my Shepherd so I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures, and he leads me beside quiet water." Psalm 23:1-2

These images represent: Rest and Refreshment

TO GIVE GOD MY BEST REQUIRES REST!

WHY DO PEOPLE OVERWORK & NOT GET ENOUGH REST?

  1. MISPLACED IDENTITY: BASING MY WORK ON MY WORK

    "Only someone too foolish to find his way home would wear himself out with work!" Ecclesiastes 10:15 (TEV)

  2. MATERIALISM: ALWAYS WANTING MORE THINGS

    "Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich; Have the wisdom to show some restraint! Your money can be gone in a flash as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle!" Proverbs 23:4-5 (NIV/TEV)

  3. ENVY: WANTING TO BE LIKE OTHERS

    "I've learned why people work so hard to succeed; it is because they envy the things their neighbors have."  Ecclesiastes 4:4a (TEV)

  4. VALUING ACHIEVEMENT OVER RELATIONSHIPS

    "Here's another thing I've seen on earth that makes no sense: Some people don't have any kids or family or even friends, yet they work obsessively, never taking a break. There's no end to their toil and they're never content with what they've done or earned. They never ask 'Why am I always working to do more?' And 'Why don't I let myself enjoy life?' And 'Who cares? Who will get what I leave behind?' What a senseless and miserable way to live! You're better off having someone to enjoy and share the rewards of your work." Ecclesiastes 4:7-9 (Mes/CEV)

  5. INSECURITY: WHEN I'M AFRAID I WON'T HAVE ENOUGH

    "We work to feed our appetites, but meanwhile our souls go hungry." Ecclesiastes 6:7 (Mes)

    "It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing and worrying that you won't have enough, for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest." Psalm 127:2 (LB)

HOW DO I RELAX IN GOD'S GOODNESS?

  1. REMEMBER MY VALUE TO GOD

    "God decided to give us life through the word of truth so that we might be the most important of everything God has created . . ." James 1:18

    God says, "I have engraved you on the palms of my hands." Isaiah 49:16a (GW)

    ACTION PLAN: Write down "It's not what I do that gives me worth but who I belong to!" on a card and keep it in your purse or wallet. Pull it out whenever you need the reminder. Did you memorize Psalm 28:9 from last week?  If not, this would be a good time to start.

  2. ENJOY WHAT I ALREADY HAVE

    "A little food eaten in peace is better than having twice as much earned from overwork and chasing the wind." Ecclesiastes 4:6 (CEV)

    "All of us should . . . enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift." Ecclesiastes 3:13 (TEV)

  3. LIMIT MY WORK TO SIX DAYS A WEEK

    "You have six days in which to do your work, but the 7th day is to be a day of complete rest dedicated to Me." Exodus 20:9-10a (TEV)

    "Sabbath" means: A DAY OF REST
    "The Sabbath was made to benefit man . . ." Mark 2:27 (LB)

    ACTION PLAN: Choose a day each week that you will take as your Sabbath.  Tell your spouse, your family, and your friends so they hold you accountable.  Determine beforehand how you are going to relax and recharge.

  4. ADJUST MY VALUES    what is really important?

    "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"    Mark 8:36 (NIV)

    ACTION PLAN: Does your daily life reflect what is of value to you?  Write down what you do each day for 1 week.  Is Christ first each day? What else appears to be priorities?

  5. EXCHANGE MY RESTLESSNESS FOR GOD'S PEACE

    Jesus said, "Look at the birds in the air. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth so much more than the birds. You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. And why do you worry about anything else?  Look at the beauty of the wildflowers in the field . . . They don't worry or overwork . . . but God takes care of them, so you can be sure that will clothe you too!" Matthew 6:26-30

    Jesus: "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me! Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-30 (Mes)

 

Living in the Goodness of God
January 29 - June 11, 2017Watch Series
  • Is God Really Good All The Time?
    January 29, 2017
  • Relaxing in God's Goodness
    February 12, 2017
  • How God's Goodness Restores you
    February 19, 2017
  • The God Of My Valleys
    March 5, 2017
  • Tests of Faith
    March 11, 2017
  • Hope in the Valley
    March 19, 2017
  • How Jesus Treats His Sheep
    April 23, 2017
  • Living By God's Promises
    April 30, 2017
  • How God Lifts Me Up When I'm Worn Down
    May 7, 2017
  • From Overwhelmed To Overflowing
    May 16, 2017
  • Living An Anointed Life
    May 21, 2017
  • Living in the Spirit
    May 28, 2017
  • Why You Don't Need To Fear Your Future
    June 4, 2017
  • Heaven: God's Eternal Goodness To You
    June 11, 2017