“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9)
Numerous events and experiences are coming our way. Some events and experiences will try to bring confusion, some stress, and anxiety, and some will seem very terrifying. These events and experiences will shake scores of God’s people to their core ─ IF ─ they are unable to abide in His Rest and Grace. Scriptures reveal to us that, “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:26 & 27) “Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26) When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27) This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. 28) Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.” (Hebrews 12:25-28 NLT bolding mine)
Rest and Receive
In John 5:1-16, we read about the healing of the paralyzed man of 38 years, at the pool of Bethesda. He was literally unable to do anything for himself or others.
In Luke 13:10-13, Scripture tells us about a woman oppressed with a spirit of infirmity. For 18 years, she had been bowed over unable to look anyone in the eye. She could not visit with anyone face to face. Sadly, she was missing the beauty and splendor in life. Her only view of the world was the ground beneath her. She probably recognized people by their feet and sandals.
Luke 6:6-10 tells us of a man with a withered hand. Jesus had been a carpenter. Therefore, He knew from experience how a useless hand could affect this man’s sense of self-worth.
Because God created mankind in His image, all three of these examples must have attempted with great determination to do something about their situations. When you and I have trouble and experience difficulties in our lives, we always try to make things better. We try to change our circumstances; only to be disappointed each time we fail. Many people have been told that Scripture tells us that God will help those who help themselves. These words are NOWHERE in Scripture!!! Because we have believed this lie, we often get so frustrated with striving to improve things that we give up on ourselves and feel guilty or condemned.
I submit to you that it was only when these three examples, gave up on themselves that Jesus came and presented His proposal to turn their situation around. When they welcomed and accepted His offer, they all three received The Miracle that they had sought after for so long.
Perhaps you have been struggling with a current situation or with something you fear will happen in your future and it is weighing you down. You have tried to do everything you know, hoping things would change, but you have been left feeling frustrated, helpless, and possibly even hopeless. Father Desires for you to stop struggling and accept The Offer He has extended to you through His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue and deliver you from that situation.
One more thing, all three received their Miracles on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of rest for the Jews. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9) The day we, the children of God, cease from our own laboring and struggling with a situation and choose to rest in The Finished Work of Jesus Christ on The Cross at Calvary, that is the day we will begin to experience our Miracle. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has done all the work. Whatever we need has already been provided for us through our Lord, Jesus Christ. He said, “… It is finished…” (John 19:30) Therefore, be at rest and receive from your Father, Who Loves you Unconditionally.
Working Out Of Rest
In the natural, when we rest, we do not work. So, what does ‘Working Out Of Rest’ mean? “For only we who believe can enter his rest. …” (Hebrews 4:3a)
Years ago, when I first answered the call on my life and started teaching and preaching, I was taught to diligently prepare for my teachings and sermons by writing them out, word for word. As I prepared, I remember thinking to myself, “This is a good point, I’ll share this.” However, I found that it was challenging for me to stay with my script. After the sermon or teaching was delivered, I would realize I had not mentioned certain points and would be filled with regret and sometimes anger with myself that I had failed to remember to share this or that point. Through His Unconditional Love for me, Father Revealed that I was teaching and preaching out of memory, not out of resting in Him. He said to me, “If you will read My Word every day, and spend time with Me, you will never be without a Word.”
I am not saying that you can be lazy and do nothing. There must be preparation whether it is a teaching, a sermon, a presentation for your employer, working retail, or staying at home living everyday life, etc. You need to prepare. I caution you ─ do not be governed by your preparation. Rest in Father’s Unconditional Love for you, because He will Provide whatever you need to say or do. Simply humble yourself and trust Him. Speak aloud to yourself that whatever you forget, Father would like it to be forgotten. And whatever you did not plan to say, but said, it is because Father needs it said. Do not be stressed out and lose Father’s Rest by thinking, “I have to know everything! I have to remember everything! I have to do everything. I have prepared!”
Believe in Father’s Unconditional Love and live in His Rest. As a result of being prepared, when it is time, whatever you need to know, Father will let you know. It will feel like a God Idea just came to you because it did! Whatever it is that you do not need to know, you do not need to know it. Do not worry about what you did not say — believe that Father did not need it said.
Live your life trusting God and resting in His Unconditional Love for you. You will find that you are living a life that is peaceful, calm, and collected. When you are peaceful and at rest in Him, what you do prospers! That is His Grace!
Unforgiveness and Rest
Unforgiveness will prevent you from entering Father’s Rest. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
I have heard people say, “I can forgive, but I can’t forget.” You have probably heard that as well. Perhaps you have even said it. Nowhere in God’s Word, The Holy Scriptures, does God tell us to forgive and then forget. That is NOT in the Bible! Our enemy, satan, is adding something here to make us feel like forgiving is difficult and sometimes even impossible.
When we forgive, we do ourselves a huge favor. The Word teaches us to forgive. Our Father, in Christ Jesus, has forgiven us a debt we cannot pay. It has been proven that holding on to bitterness and unforgiveness can often damage our health and destroy relationships with those we truly care about and love. Unforgiveness affects The Rest and Grace our Father has Provided for us in Christ Jesus! I encourage you, if there is unforgiveness in your heart, forgive and let Father take care of the overflow.
It could be that when you forgive, Father allows you to forget. However, it has been my experience that the hurtful event, which was a significant thing in my life, is no longer painful. Now, when I look at it, I remember the hurtful event, but the sting of pain and the bitterness are gone.
We read in Genesis 50:15-21, that even though Joseph had forgiven his brothers, he still remembered what they did to him. However, he remembered the event without pain. You may remember the hurtful event, but the pain and bitterness will be gone because you put The Cross in the situation. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 bolding mine) I encourage you, choose today, to believe and state aloud, “Because God in Christ forgave me, I choose to forgive __________, (state their name or names).
When you forgive, forgive through faith, not by your feelings, “For we live by believing and not by seeing.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT) All too often, people are waiting for the right feelings to come. They may say things like, “Father, I am waiting, for the feeling to come on me so I can forgive __________.” That “right feeling” you are waiting for, may never come!
Forgive by faith, and do it once and for all. I urge you to spend time in The Word and prayer. If you journal, write down something similar to this: “Father, I bring __________ before You. You know what __________ did to me. Father, as You forgave me through Jesus Christ, Your Son, on The Cross at Calvary, even though I did not deserve it, by faith, I now forgive __________ and I let my anger against __________ go. In The Name of Jesus, Amen!”
When you forgive by faith, you will experience the sting of pain and bitterness removed from your heart. You will experience The Rest and Grace of Father filling your mind. I believe you will also experience a new measure of wholeness in your body and your relationships!
Rest and Grace
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8) This is the first time we find the word “Grace” in Scripture. Noah’s name means, “Rest.” The Principle we learn from this is, when you Rest, you find Grace! Rest found Grace.
“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:40) Grace was upon Jesus because He lived His life in rest and trust in His Father. “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
The same Grace that was upon Jesus comes upon you and me when we rest and trust God our Father. If one of your children is causing you problems and heartache, please stop badgering him or her. Rest and trust God to handle the problem. Pray something similar to this, “Jesus, I commit my child ____________ into Your hands. I cannot control ____________. However, You can.” Likewise, if you have an unrelenting pain in your body, bring it to The Lord. Pray, “Jesus, I hand all my worries about this pain to You. You work on the pain.”
What If Nothing Happens?
If after giving the problem to Jesus nothing happens, what can you do? If our Lord, Jesus Christ, Himself, cannot do anything about your problem, do you think you can do something? No, you cannot. Praise be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that once you give the problem over to Him, He can and will do a Perfect Work. He will take care of it for you! It is essential that you continually remember, He is NEVER early, neither is He EVER late. You can rest in your Loving Lord’s timing, as it is ALWAYS PERFECT!!!
Live your life in His Rest, and tell The Lord, “I can do nothing in myself. However, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) Therefore, I choose to rest in You, Lord. I choose to trust You.” It is then you will find yourself living in His Rest. You will see, and experience The Grace of God upon you in every situation of your life just as Grace was upon Jesus in every situation of His life!
Be aware that all attributes of The Most High God are capitalized out of love, respect, and reverence for The Trinity. Also, be aware that the name satan, related names, and attributes are not capitalized. I choose not to acknowledge or exemplify him even to the point of going against grammatical rules.