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Entering God's Rest
‘’ Therefore since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it’’
Our entire duty as God’s children is to locate the finished work of God and join Him therein. This is the rest He has for us.
Ruth the Moabitess, by the instruction of Naomi (a type of Holy Spirit) located God’s rest in marrying Boaz, and thereby became the grandmother of Jesus.
We would do greater exploit today, and impart our generation more, if we can follow the leading and the instruction of the Holy Spirit. The writer of Hebrews advised us to ‘labor to enter His rest’ (Hebrews 4:11). What then does it mean to ‘labor’ so as to enter His ‘rest’? These words are contradictory to a natural man; since the opposite of labor is rest.
Howbeit, another Bible translation says, ‘make every effort to enter that rest’. Labor then means, making effort. However, when an effort is not directed towards a set goal, the result is always fruitlessness. Therefore our efforts (labor) should be directed towards knowing God’s finished work (rest).
God’s rest was first mentioned in Genesis 2:3. This is the Lord’s Sabbath, the seventh day! It speaks of perfection, the prophetic time – clock of Jehovah. The Sabbath day is not any 24 hours days of the week, but a realm of God’s finished work. Ruth located this realm by the instruction of Naomi. Jesus said, I could by myself do nothing, what I see the Father do that I do also. For three and half years, here on earth, Jesus entered God’s rest. This is the same testimony of the company of sons who have overcome the flesh at this end time. May yours not be different.
‘For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; ‘– Deuteronomy 12:9 - 10
The Israelites were told that they have not come to the ‘rest’ the Lord is giving them. But they will come to the ‘rest’ when they have passed over Jordan. Jordan is a type of Flesh or Self. The carnal realm we must overcome, before we can come into the realm of God’s rest. Jordan signifies death –to- self, whereas the Promised Land is the realm of the fullness of the Spirit. This will take a determined patience and process.
The loudest noise today is coming from our flesh through the environment. As God is searching out a ‘resting place’ for His children (Numbers 10:33), only the company of sons, who have passed over Jordan can hear clearly what the Trumpet’s sound in the camp of Israel implies. Our emotion, will and intellect are dictating to us how to serve God ‘better’, in sharp contrast to the leading of the Spirit.
Is it Flesh or God that leads us all to the traditional Friday night vigil? The flesh sees Friday night as being convenient, since many offices do not open on Saturday. Is it flesh or God that handpicked innocent little children away from the congregation on Sundays, boxing them into a corner called ‘Sunday school or Children department’? Do you think Jesus would subscribe to this, if He (Jesus) should be our Pastor? Is it flesh or God that designed tithe cards, so as to monitor the income of members in a church? Is it flesh or God that promotes the idols of Self as seen on Billboards and Banners on our major roads, all in the name of religion?
God did not allow David to build Him a temple, because he was a man of war, but gives Solomon ‘rest’ and gives him the honor of building the Temple. This speaks volume to us, in that as long as the war continues in our members (the flesh against the spirit), we can not enter God’s rest or join Him in His finished work for our lives.
May you labor, as you pass over Jordan, so that you can enter God’s rest.
This is your own Sabbath!
Preparing the Bride,