According to Walter Brueggeman, “Recovery of the Sabbath is the most crucial and most demanding covenant command (spiritual discipline) now to be faced in the technological society.”
Leviticus 23:3 states “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.”
How serious is it to keep the Sabbath holy?
And what does it mean practically to keep the Sabbath holy?
Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. We must address the serious problem of busyness in our lives to experience a great awakening. The devil doesn’t have to get us to do anything bad to be at work in our lives. All he has to do is keep us busy.
It is not easy to take a Sabbath. You’ve got to decide to do it. A regular Sabbath puts a brake on overwork. In order to practice Sabbath, you must learn one powerful word, “No”. That little word creates the hearth in which the fires of our calling can burn brightly.
Sabbath is … an attitude of the heart which recognizes the need for regular soul care within the rhythm of daily life… Sabbath is the gift of rest, reflection, and renewal – a time of preparation at the beginning of the week, not a restoration from exhaustion at the end of a long busy week. – David Steffenson, First Lutheran Church, Little Falls, Minnesota
- Sunday Inspiration: Be holy for I am holy! (November 17, 2013)
- Sunday Inspiration: Pray and Obey (January 16, 2011)
- How to keep the Sabbath (several outstanding videos) (July 5, 2006)
1) On Wed Jan 5, Lynne Lee and I recorded our first webinar for a 4-module coaching program titled “How To Hear God Speak.” The purpose is to teach you how to hear God’s voice every day. Stay tuned for our e-blast coming out on Tues or Wed of this week with details how to access that.
2) On Wed Jan 12 at 8 pm EST, I’ll be hosting a free webinar with Charles Robinson titled “Taking Your Company To The Next Level Spiritually.”
Charles and his wife Liz are co-founders of WISE Ministries, providing intercession and spiritual coaching for businesses in the USA, Canada, and U.K. for more than 5 years.
About two months ago, I hired a paid intercessor and subsequently experienced at least 5 major breakthroughs, including elimination of a $100,000 debt.
Father, we praise You as the LORD of the Sabbath. It’s clear from numerous scriptures that You take the Sabbath seriously. Forgive me for the many times I have disobeyed You by failing to keep the Sabbath holy. You teach that obedience is more important than sacrifice. Help me to understand and apply your command to keep the Sabbath holy! In Yeshua’s name, I pray. Amen.
Blessings to keep the Sabbath holy!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
The Time Doctor
Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
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