The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:
REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth
I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:
BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke
If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).
God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!
We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)
Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:
- Reliance (dependence on God)
- Rooted (in Christ)
- Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
- Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
- Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
- Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
- River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38
“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)
- Revelation (of God and who we are in Him, of His truths) – Ephesians 1:17-21
“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)
Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!