The Rest of God
Hebrews 4:1-4, 9-11 (TPT) Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in confident faith. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they (the children of Israel) did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest! For he has said, “I was grieved with them and made a solemn oath, ‘They will never enter into the calming rest of my Spirit.’ ” God’s works have all been completed from the foundation of the world, for it says in the Scriptures, And on the seventh day God rested from all his works. So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.
Among many of the promises from God, one of the best promises is resting in Him. As we allow this promise to take root and allow it to become a deep conviction, we will experience:
peace through any storm
confident trust during trials
a sense of relaxation even when the schedule is booked
the ease of casting your cares upon the Lord
a supernatural calmness
When we enter God's rest, we are saying "I can do all things through Christ," because it is not our strength and ability we are relying on. We admit that God's ways are best and we don't have to have all the answers to move forward. Living in faith means stepping out into the deep waters - the unknown - and not being afraid because Jesus is our life preserver. We aren't given complete instructions when on assignment from God. We receive pieces of information and as we go, He reveals what to do next. Just like someone on a mission in the military. They are given direct orders where to go, but oftentimes they won't know what to do until they arrive. This is our faith walk. Doing what God tells us to do even though we don't have the resources at the moment.
We receive and learn as we go - as we walk in faith. We can live in His rest as we work, as we do our daily duties, we can be in a state of rest. Some people may work from a seated or a rested position every day, yet on the inside, they are anxious, full or fear, doubt and worry. They are busy on the inside trying to figure everything out. Even though their physical body is rested and not active, they are living a life full of stress. God is asking you today, to let go of all that burdens you - give it ALL to Him - trust Him knowing He is a great Father and enjoy living in His rest.
Matthew 11:28-30 (TPT) “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”
Psalm 91:1 (AMP) He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].