You know, God is so interesting. I have found that when I rest, He works, and when I work, He rests. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “Their remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest….” That means God wants His children to operate in His rest by refusing to engage in works of the flesh.
Entering into the Rest of God
If you want to enjoy life, one thing you must be aware of is that God doesn’t work unless you rest in Him. If you are working, He is not going to help you become more self-sufficient. How do you know when you are resting? Resting involves the following:
- Doing only what He tells you to do.
- Depending on Him to make the difference in your situation.
- Allowing Him to take responsibility for the outcome.
- Believing He will do exactly what He said He will do in His Word.
- Feeling peaceful and tranquil.
How do you know if you are working? Working involves the following:
- Implementing any old idea that pops into your head without prayer.
- Depending on your own intellect and skills to get the job done.
- Believing that the responsibility for all outcomes rests solely on you.
- Performing activities with doubt and unbelief about what God said.
- Feeling anxious and fearful.
The question you need to ask yourself is this: Are you resting in Him, or are you working?
Rest Requires Spiritual Labor
In the book of Hebrews, the Apostle Paul says we must labor to enter into the rest of God. That’s interesting because labor and rest are total opposites. The labor God is talking about is not physical work, but spiritual work. We must labor in the spirit to enter in to His rest. That means:
- Reading the Word and renewing your mind so that your faith is strengthened.
- Speaking the Word out of your mouth on a regular basis.
- Meditating on the Word as you go through your day.
- Listen to teachings and read books on the topic of faith.
In other words, you must make a concentrated effort, and do your part to build your faith to the point where you can easily trust God and enter into the rest that He says you can have in Him. If you want to enter the rest of God, it will NOT happen automatically. You will have to work spiritually and be determined to not give up until you get there. So let’s get committed to entering into the rest of God. Life is so much more enjoyable when you are where He wants you to be.
Are you resting or are you working? What changes (if any) do you need to make? Leave a comment below.
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