REST IN JESUS - PART 3

By: Mike Walker
From: January-February 2011
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
Many Christians are stressed-out, and Jesus’ rest may seem so far away. Is it really possible to enter into this rest that Jesus gave us?

We, who are in this New Covenant that God has given us through Jesus Christ, have available to us the opportunity to live a restful, stress-free life with God.  For many people this truth seems so far away because of the chaos in and around their lives.  Jesus still brings peace to the storms of life.  There is a genuine, tangible rest for the people of God!  Unbelief brings stress and restlessness but believing in the finished work of Christ brings rest.
Hebrews 4:1-4 – “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.”

There is a genuine, tangible rest for the people of God!

The Kingdom of Heaven is Ours

Our life with the Lord should be restful and not storm-tossed with the winds of adversity blowing us in all directions.  We can live and operate in an atmosphere where we have ceased from our own works (Heb. 4:9) and know that every promise of God is ours because Christ fulfilled every requirement and sat down at God’s right hand.  We can say with confidence that we know in whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him (2 Timothy 1:12). 
The kingdom of heaven is ours through Christ – it has been given to us.

2 Peter 1:3 – “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”  Our God is a good God and He has given us every good thing required for life and godliness through Christ Jesus.  We have wisdom, peace, righteousness, and all the exceedingly precious promises in the Bible bestowed on us.

Run the Race Without Getting Tired

Hebrews 4:11 – “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”  There are many stressed-out people in Christianity who have failed to understand and grasp that when we have Jesus, we have everything!  Jesus is with us every minute of every day and He is enough for our tomorrows and the future ahead of us.  Some people need to have hands laid on them with a word of prophecy, but we need to believe in the Jesus in each of us – the one who will never leave or forsake us! 

Some people need to have hands laid on them with a word of prophecy, but we need to believe in the Jesus in each of us

Isaiah 40:29-31 – “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  There is a place where we can run the race set before us without getting tired and faint-hearted.  In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul states that he “laboured more abundantly than they all” but it was the “grace of God which was with me.”  His approach to ministry was in a place of rest where the work was enabled by the Lord.  Jesus completed the “works which the Father hath given me to finish” (John 5:36).  He said and did what the Father told and gave Him to do and rested on that reality.  He knew the path the Father had for Him to follow and rested in the outcome of everything laid before Him.

Yoked With the Lord

Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  We need to be going forward in the things that are prepared for us.  We need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and stay in the plan of the Father.  Give everything we are and have to the Lord and He will guide us without the stress and indecisiveness of our own making.  If we don’t have the assurance to move ahead in a decision, don’t move!  Jesus is Lord of our lives and we need to be listening to what He is saying.

Give everything we are and have to the Lord and He will guide us without the stress and indecisiveness of our own making.

Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The Christian life was intended to be a restful, stress-free life.  There is no room for burnout in ministry and serving the Lord.  When we are truly working for Jesus, we can never get burned-out because we are not operating in our own efforts.  We are doing the work that the Lord has prepared for us; the work He has laid out for us.  What a difference when we are yoked with the Lord – He is the one who pulls the heavy load, not us!  This is the stress-free, abundant life that Jesus came to give.  The answer to stress is this:  Come and learn of me!

 

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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