Resting in God
Hebrews 4:11 NIV says:
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Community, please note that you must exert effort to walk in God’s rest. You will find rest in the word of God, being instructed by his Spirit. This peace, this confidence, this assurance in our God, is reserved only for those that believe in his Son Jesus Christ. The world cannot give you rest. It cannot give you peace. Only our Lord and Savior can.
John 14:27 NIV reads:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Matthew 11:28-30 says:
“And Jesus Said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Feel the love that our God is displaying to us from his written word! When you receive Jesus’ yoke, it means that you submit to his authority as the King of your
heart. However, this yoke from our Lord and Savior simply isn’t imparted to us by Him, He shares the yoke with us. What does that mean? He took, meaning born on his body, the sins of the whole world. He was sick for us, so you don’t have to be. He was bruised, battered, and broken for us physically and emotionally, so you don’t have to be. He knows the feeling of our infirmity’s scripture says. He delivered us from all the works of the enemy.
Within this yoking with Christ, you now have mind-renewing to participate in as well as instruction in righteousness as led by the Spirit of God. This will pave the way for you to fulfill the purpose he created you for. Friends, you must walk in gentleness or meekness, as one translation puts it, and humility from your heart. This is something that is taught to you by the Spirt of God, drawing on the divine nature of Christ you were a partaker of at your conversion. Operating in this Sprit led posture will bring rest to your souls. There will be an ease in which you operate. The sum of your actions will reflect rest, peace, and confidence in our God to do what he has purposed to do through you in his earth. Resting in God must be the humble, submissive posture for all who name the name of Jesus Christ.
The hosts of your favorite podcasts asked and answered:
- What does it mean to Rest in God, and how does that relate to knowing who you are in Christ? — 11:17
- How does resting in God allow you to fulfill his purpose for you in this life? — 34:20
- Name 2 or more disrupters of our rest in God (and why they are), and how do you keep yourself in God’s rest?— 48:38
In 1 Timothy 2:4,Scripture says:
“ Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Our part in this saving work is to rest in the fact that our God, before the foundations of the world called us to him, to work in his kingdom for a purpose and to aid Holy Spirit’s leading of unsaved souls to Christ. These are selfless positions that will not be undertaken by one who constantly worries or is in fear of things he or she cannot control or command. Our God cannot use a believer for Kingdom work that operates from this posture. Worry and fear are sin.
The latter part of Romans 14:23 tells us that whatever is not of faith is sin. We rest in God by faith. Faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. Faith in the fact that God with Jesus will return soon for us. Faith in the love he has for us and all of humanity. When we operate from a place of Godly rest, we know that we have a purpose and a place in his Kingdom, prepared in advance for us to engage in. There is no place for worry or fear. Friends, Rest in the eternal certainty that is yours through your belief in Jesus Christ, and walk in the natural and spiritual blessings that are reserved for those that rest in his love.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV says:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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