An example of this is how The Keswick Convention began. Canon Battersby a godly man who was a clergy and evangelist of the Church of England for more than twenty years, even though his whole life was in service to God, he couldn’t find rest and victory over sin. It broke his heart that his life was one of sin and failure. When he heard about the possibility of victory in Jesus, he wanted it in the worst way, but it just seemed beyond his reach, no matter how hard he tried. Then he heard a sermon on Rest and Faith” from the story of the nobleman who came to Jesus asking Him to heal his son. In this sermon it was shown that the nobleman hoped that Jesus could help his son, but he just wasn’t sure. When Jesus said, “Go your way, for your child lives,” it was then that he truly believed what Jesus said; he rested in the words of Jesus. He had no proof that his son was healed, and he had to walk back seven hours to Capernaum. On the way he met his servant with the news that his son was healed at one o’clock the day before, the exact time that Jesus had spoken the word, the fever left. That father rested on the word of Jesus and he was not disappointed. He then praised God and his whole household became followers of Jesus.
Friends, that is faith! When Jesus comes to me with the promise that He will hold me in His hands, and humanly speaking it is an impossible situation. I can’t make it happen! But when I go to God and say; “Your word is enough; I am kept by Your power Lord.” That is faith, that is rest.
When Canon Battersby heard that sermon, he went home that evening, and alone in the darkness he found rest. He finally rested on the word of Jesus! The next day he found a friend and cried, “I found it!” He went and told others and asked that the Keswick Convention get started so they could testify what Jesus had done.
It is a miracle and a wonderful thing when we finally rest in Jesus and allow God’s almighty power to fill our lives with the Fruits Of the Spirit, and in that power we are able to rest every moment of our lives. It is then that Jesus begins to live in our lives and we are no longer controlled by our tempers, by our anger, and lust, and pride. It is then that we become loving and caring and self is not the driving force in our lives. It is then that we can truly say, “It is no longer I who lives, but Jesus lives in me.”
It is an amazing thing when we come to rest upon God’s almighty power for every moment of our lives. It is a great day in our life when we can Covenant with the ruler of the universe, not because of anything we have done, or even anything that we feel. But it is on the strength of God’s Word; “Kept by the power of God through faith.”
Let’s not be afraid to prove that God is true. To say, we ask for all You can give, and we want nothing less! Then to be brave enough to say: Lord I give you permission to prove in me what the omnipotent God can do.
We are children of the King of the Universe; let’s rest in His hands!