Four Enemies of Rest – Part Two | Selah Leaders Podcast | Episode 5

Finding Rest in a Busy World: Overcoming the Four Enemies of Rest

In today’s fast-paced world, finding rest can seem like an impossible task. However, rest is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity designed by God. This week, we delve into the four enemies of rest and how to overcome them, based on insights from our latest sermon. Whether you’re a leader, a follower, or someone seeking peace, these lessons are for you.

Why Rest is Essential

Rest is a fundamental part of God’s design for our lives. Genesis 1 and 2 show that even God rested, not because of the fall or sin, but because it was part of His perfect plan. Rest is an act of trust, a way of saying, “God, I trust you to take care of the world without me.” When we rest, we acknowledge God’s sovereignty and our dependence on Him.

The Four Enemies of Rest

1. Living a Hurried Life

A hurried life is one of the biggest obstacles to rest. We often feel the need to be constantly engaged, thinking that if we just work a little harder or longer, everything will fall into place. However, this mindset reveals a lack of trust in God. Jesus was always busy but never in a hurry. He knew the importance of taking time to rest and connect with the Father.

2. Anxiousness

Anxiety can rob us of rest. When we’re anxious, we’re essentially saying, “God, I don’t trust you to handle this situation.” Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us to bring our anxieties to God in prayer, and He will give us peace. Surrendering our worries to God allows us to find the rest we so desperately need.

3. Team Conflict

Team conflict is inevitable when working with people. Whether it’s personality clashes or spiritual warfare, conflict can disrupt our peace. Jesus Himself faced team conflict with His disciples, yet He didn’t let it rob Him of rest. Understanding that conflict is part of the journey and addressing it with grace can help us maintain our peace.

4. Paralysis

Feeling stuck or paralyzed can also hinder our rest. When we don’t know what to do next, we often stop doing what we know we should be doing. This paralysis can lead to a lack of spiritual disciplines, like daily time with God. In these moments, it’s crucial to remember that God is with us and to go back to the last thing He told us to do.

Overcoming the Enemies of Rest

Trusting God

Trust is the foundation of rest. When we trust God, we can let go of our need to control everything. Trusting God means believing that He is capable of handling our lives and the world around us.

Surrendering Anxiety

Bring your anxieties to God in prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 promises that when we do, God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds. Surrendering our worries allows us to experience true rest.

Embracing Conflict

Accept that conflict is part of the journey. Address it with grace and understanding, knowing that even Jesus faced team conflict. Don’t let it rob you of your peace.

Taking Action

When you feel paralyzed, go back to the last thing God told you to do. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Trust that God will reveal the next step when you’re faithful with the current one.

Applying These Lessons This Week

This week, challenge yourself to identify which of the four enemies of rest is most prevalent in your life. Take practical steps to overcome it:

1. **Living a Hurried Life**: Schedule intentional rest periods in your day. Reflect on how Jesus managed His time.

2. **Anxiousness**: Spend time in prayer, surrendering your worries to God. Meditate on Philippians 4:6-7.

3. **Team Conflict**: Address any unresolved conflicts with grace. Remember that conflict is part of the journey.

4. **Paralysis**: Reflect on the last thing God told you to do and take action. Trust that He will guide your next steps.

Questions to Reflect On

1. What is currently robbing you of rest?

2. How can you better trust God in your daily life?

3. Are there any unresolved conflicts that need your attention?

4. What was the last thing God told you to do, and have you done it?

By addressing these questions and applying these lessons, you can find the rest that God has designed for you. Remember, rest is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity for a balanced and fulfilling life.


Rest is a gift from God, designed to refresh and renew us. By overcoming the four enemies of restā€”living a hurried life, anxiousness, team conflict, and paralysisā€”we can experience the peace and rest that God intends for us. Take these lessons to heart and apply them in your life this week. Trust in God’s plan, surrender your worries, embrace conflict as part of the journey, and take action on what God has called you to do.


Nick Newman

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