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9/14/16 - You must believe to enter God's Rest

Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Life-Changing Verses

 

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.  By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  Genesis 2:1-3

 

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.  Hebrews 3:12-14

 

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”  Hebrews 4:3

 

When we grow tired from work, we all need to rest. We also would like to have a good long nap (usually on Sunday afternoon).  Everyone likes to have a good rest.  These are examples of worldly rest.  The Biblical concept of rest does not fit the worldly idea of rest.

 

The first Bible passage above talks about a “Sabbath” rest.  This rest is when everything has been completed that was planned.  On the seventh day God rested as a sign that all of His Creation work was complete.  He was not tired or worn out.  He was satisfied with His Creation work; therefore, He rested.  The observance of the Sabbath by the Jews became a major strife between the Jewish leaders and Jesus.  So many rules and laws had been added to define “work” so that a Jew would not work on the Sabbath.  Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man.  God intends for you to set apart one day out of seven to spend time with Him.  His purpose is for you to grow spiritually, and that His relationship with you is stronger and healthier.

 

 

The other definition for “rest” in the Bible is that Believers enter God’s rest.  This is described in Hebrews and the two Bible passages above.  This rest is a total belief, faith, and trust in God.  It is for Believers.  However, even Believers can sometimes fail to enter God’s rest.  If you think about this for a moment, you will understand that God desires you to have total dependence on Him regardless of your circumstances.  This requires a complete faith and trust in God.  When you place your life in His hands, you can enter into His rest and experience peace that passes understanding.

 

However, the world will want to steal from you the rest that God can give you.  The only way the world can do this is to introduce unbelief into your life.  You may be a believer, but do you believe God will always and in all circumstances take care of you?  There is work involved to avoid unbelief to enter your life.  Your prayer life must be continuous and strong.  Your reading and studying of God’s Word must never end or be interrupted.  You must understand that God will give you the faith needed to carry you through any worldly circumstance.  Let your faith grow in the little things so that when the trials and tribulations of this world come against you, your belief will not be shaken and you can truly rest in God.  You will have no doubts, no worries, no anxieties, and no unbelief.

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