Part 2: Rest in Jesus

By: Mike Walker
From: November 2009
The rest in Jesus is for every New Covenant believer. Let’s lay hold of this promise of God.

With so much instability in the world and all the voices that speak into our lives, it is so amazing to receive the abundant grace of God in the area of rest.  At the cross Jesus paid the full price for our peace, so in our redemption we have the promise of rest.  By faith in the finished work that Jesus did at the cross, this place of rest, in reality, is total peace and victory in every area of our life and it is found in believing the Gospel!

Don’t let the enemy deceive you

Hebrews 4:1-3 – “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.  For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest.”

There is a rest for the people of God.  There is a place where we can live and know with an awesome assurance that God will do what He said He would do.  Everything we need for life and godliness is found in Christ and His finished work of redemption.  But because of unbelief, many people either don’t believe or can’t accept the good news of the Gospel – peace, victory, healing, prosperity, deliverance and every good thing.  The only power the enemy has over our lives is to deceive us into believing that the Gospel is not true!  Religion tells us we have to earn it, but the Gospel tells us to simply believe!

At the cross Jesus paid the full price for our peace, so in our redemption we have the promise of rest.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 – “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 
Ephesians 4:17-18 – “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

We don’t want to become alienated from the abundant life Jesus came to give, but we want to rest in the finished work of Christ.  Believe that He is everything necessary for complete victory in our lives because He has already won the victory, finished the work and is seated in heavenly places.  Also, he has raised us up to be seated together with Him – now that’s good news!  We have all the weapons of heaven at our disposal to capture our minds and believe the Word of God, the Gospel – “the news that’s too good to be true, yet it is true.” 

Lay hold of the promises of God

Hebrews 4:6 – “Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief.”  As I brought out in the first teaching on “Rest,” Joshua and Caleb believed the good report of the land of promise and entered in with the next generation.  But because of unbelief, there was a generation that did not enter in and died in the wilderness.  There are many disappointments that will come to fill our minds, but we fight the “good fight of faith” and lay hold of the promises of God.  We can have peace with God that passes all understanding and move forward in victory because we know the devil is under our feet.

Believe that He is everything necessary for complete victory in our lives because He has already won the victory, finished the work and is seated in heavenly places.

Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:12-13 – “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation….”

The Word of Truth is the good news of our salvation.  First we hear the news that is too good to be true – we are saved and victorious in every area of our life – and then we have to believe it.  It’s done, and we are resting in the finished work of Christ - free from sin, sickness, anxiety, bondage, poverty, and all the works of the devil.  This is the abundant life that Jesus came to give, and we are seated far above all principality, power, dominion, and might and every name that is named! 

Sealed by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 goes on to say “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”  When we believe the Gospel, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.  A seal is a mark or stamp or private mark.  For example, depending on the nation we visit, when we travel overseas we have a passport that may require a visa. If we don’t have a passport, then we are not allowed to enter or leave that country. A few years ago, my wife Jane and I were on our way to Nigeria, West Africa, via London. As we came through customs at Heathrow Airport in London, a young American man had somehow misplaced his passport.  Although he argued and raised a disturbance, he was not allowed to enter but was sent back to the United States. 

Likewise, Jesus is the passport and believing is the visa!  When we hear the promise and believe the Word of Truth, we allow the seal to be put on us – forgiveness of sin, healing, provision, guidance, peace, friendship, and total victory over all the powers of the enemy!  We carry the mark of heaven on our lives by believing the Word and by believing the finished work of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 declares that “all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen.”  We have been sealed “…and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”  God has set His seal of ownership on us and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come! We can rest in the fact that the promises of God are for us and for now.

 

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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