The Power of Rest - Part 2
If you have been around John and I for any period of time, I am sure you have heard us stress the fact that God has an amazing purpose and plan for your life. If you have been a regular to any church service, I am sure this message has come up more than once. And rightly so, this is no small thing.
So, why is it that most Christians are just living day to day, like a ship with no destination? We find our little corner of the Earth between “Just Getting by Street” and “Little Old Me Avenue” and we do nothing. The problem is unbelief, too many doubts that God truly has anything special assigned just for them.
We can allow the trials and disappointments of life to keep us out of God’s promises. Instead of using them as a tool to enter into the realm of resting.
Let’s look again at the story of the Exodus and the versus below:
And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty] – to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. - Exodus 3:8 AMP
This entire story is a wonderful prophetic picture for the Father’s redemptive plan for us through his son Jesus Christ. Let’s look at the parallels, “And I [Jesus] have come down to deliver them [the cross] out of the hand and power of the Egyptians [sin].” But that’s not all! God also came down to “bring them up out of that land [the world] to a land [the Kingdom] to a land good and large [God’s purpose and plan for your life], a land flowing with milk and honey [the desires of your heart].
As soon as the children of Israel were delivered, they were faced with one trial after another. At the Red Sea, they were convinced they were about to die. They survive, just to find themselves in the desert with no water. Then they have nothing to eat. At this point in their journey, the land they were in looked nothing like the land God had promised them. However, every one of them saw the Lord deliver them out of every situation. But sadly, this is what scripture says about most those who were delivered and set free from Egypt.
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 TPT
What a sobering thought! After all they went through, all the miracles they had seen, many of them still missed the very best of what God had planned for them. All because they chose to doubt rather than to trust and rest in the promise of God.
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. – Hebrews 4:1 TPT
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. – Hebrews 4:11
I want to pause here and I give you time to meditate to the verses above. God’s word gives us a stark warning, “we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise.” As I said in the beginning of this article: We can allow the trials and disappointments of life keep us out of God’s promises. Or at the very least, delay them.
Have you let some of your “desert” trials cause you to doubt the love of God and his amazing plan for your life? Are feeling the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart? I invite you to pray the follow prayer with me:
I repent for all the times I have doubted your goodness, your mercies, your loving kindness, and your promises over my life. Forgive me for my unbelief. I no longer want to allow the circumstances of life dictate how I see my future. Lord please help me with my unbelief. Jesus enlighten the eyes of my understanding, let me see every situation from your point of view. Holy Spirit teach me and lead me into the Lord’s realm of resting in confident faith.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen and Amen!
In Part 3, I want to talk about how to enter into this faith-rest life. Read part 1 and my other posts here.
Kevin Eskew is a co-founder of Testimony House ministries. He is a gifted teacher and encourager. To contact Kevin e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on facebook
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