Monday, October 31, 2016

Enter God's Rest...

Hebrews 4:10-11 “…for anyone who enters God’s rest (peace/communion with God) also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”

The Hebrew writer here is reflecting back to the Israelites in the wilderness--they had been delivered from slavery and God had made His covenant with them -- to be with them and give them peace in a Promised Land of blessing.  But in stead of focussing on God's ABILITY they focused on their own weakness and failed to trust God... they failed to enter the rest God had promised to them.

So, the Hebrew writer says to us--Learn form their example---don't be like them--trust God and press into the rest He offers you!

What is this "rest"?

It's salvation-------which includes forgiveness of sin, redemption, adoption into the family of God, peace for our hearts--no matter what circumstances try to dictate.  Joy that this world can't touch... etc... As a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul puts it this way...

Ephesians1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

EVERY spiritual blessing...

Life, peace, joy, strength, hope, assurance, vision, direction, purpose, patience, comfort, etc... I could fill a thousand pages with the list---God gives us ALL of Himself in Christ.  That is mindblowingly awesome!

So, like the Hebrew writer says... don't just say you believe this stuff... "...make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”   I.e. press into Jesus today--trust, surrender, obey, walk with, fill up on Him and allow Him to be your ALL & ALL!

Hope this encouraged you.  Remember to share!  And if you are looking for an awesome daily resource for quiet time with Jesus---definitely check out Streams In The Desert (below my signature).

Blessings,
Brad