Its Time to Rest 23 December Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Ephesians 2:6 says God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. And in Hebrews 3 and 4, we are commanded to enter Gods rest. The literal translation says we ought to be afraid of getting out of Gods rest. Afraid of it? We havent even heard of it! Religious doctrine has told us to get agitated, sorry, bawl, squall or beat the altar with our fist. Yet all the while, Gods Word is commanding us to enter into His rest…and then stay there. Now Ill be the first to admit that entering Gods rest has been the hardest thing for me to get hold of since Ive been in the ministry, though I have done it more on a personal level. I have taken the Word, stood on it, believed God and entered into His rest when Ive been faced with an attack of the devil, or the like. But Im seeing that God intends for us to rest over the whole thing, over every situationparticularly with all that we have facing us in this end time, this sliver of time. When those hungry people came up to Jesus in Matthew 14:19-21, He didnt fall on His face and start sobbing and kicking the dirt, saying, Oh, God! Oh, God! I just dont know what Im going to do. There are 5,000 of themand thats just the men. We dont have enough money. Besides, were out here in the middle of nowhere. And that thief Ive got for a treasurer.
No, Jesus just rested in God. He trusted and rested in His Father. Today, as men and women of faith, our goal is to walk in the promises of God with such faith that, no matter what challenge or need comes our way, we do just like Jesus did when that multitude came to Him: We just smile and say, Bring the loaves and fish here to me. Then we take our seed, look to God, give thanks for it, bless it, break it and expect the abundance. Then we just rest. We are living in the last little sliver of time, a time of great harvest, a time when we can laugh, and a time when we can rest.Haggai 1-2; Psalm 140I believe, therefore I have entered into rest. Hebrews 4:3
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:7; Hebrews 3-4