The Power of Rest - Part 1
“The Power of Rest” might sound like a bit of an oxymoron. But if you want to be an overcomer, walk in your destiny, and fulfill all that is written about you in Heaven. You are going to have to learn the art of resting.
Apart from the cross, I believe rest is the #1 truth the devil wants to stop in our lives. I don’t know about you, but when I reflect on my past it feels like it I have been through one battle after another. Some battles in my life have lasted years, even decades. But the sad truth is the main reason these battles dragged on was because I wasn’t “resting.”
When I talk about resting, I am not referring to taking a nap or going on a vacation. There is nothing wrong with either of those, but the Word describes another kind of “rest.”
Now if this promise of “rest” was fulfilled when Joshua brought the people into the land, God wouldn’t have spoken later of another “rest” yet to come. – Hebrews 4:8 TPT
The Old Testament wasn’t given to us to be just a history book. In its pages are stories that are not only true, but describe and illustrate powerful truths. The book of Hebrews refers to the story of Exodus when speaking about the necessity of entering into God’s “rest.”
The same people who were delivered from bondage and brought out of Egypt by Moses, were the ones who heard and still rebelled. They grieved God for forty years by sinning in their unbelief, until they dropped dead in the desert. So God swore an oath that they would never enter into his calming place of rest all because they disobeyed him. It is clear that they could not enter into their inheritance because they wrapped their hearts in unbelief. – Hebrews 3:16-19
At this point I think it is important to revisit the story of Exodus. Remember, this is not just a historical event. The story of the exodus is an amazing prophetic picture of the church and lesson for every believer. Take some time to meditate on the story of Exodus, and as you do keep in mind the following:
· The Israelites are a type and shadow of the Church, people in bondage (sin) and then set free (Passover/The Cross).
· Egypt is a type of the world and sin
· The crossing of the Red Sea is a picture of water baptism
· God’s promise to lead “His people” to a land flowing with milk and honey is a picture of God’s perfect plan and purpose for our lives. Our inheritance purchased back by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
· The desert is a type and shadow of every believer’s journey in growing into the image of Jesus so we can fulfill all that God has planned for our lives.
In part 2, I will go over some of these points in greater detail and show what the story of Exodus as to do with rest.
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