Rest In Jesus

By: Mike Walker
From: October 2009
Found in: Grace and Faith
There is a place of rest available for every New Covenant believer: We can cease our own works and enter into the life Jesus has given us through the cross.

Rest – a word that often seems beyond the grasp of people living in a hurried, ever-pressing, stressful world.  The demands of daily life consume our time and energy, but God has assured us that there is a place of rest for the people of God.

Hebrews 4:1 – “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.”

The demands of daily life consume our time and energy, but God has assured us that there is a place of rest for the people of God.

There is a rest for God’s people; a place in the Spirit where we can live with knowledge of the abundant life and supernatural power that Christ has given us.  There is a place of rest where we stop from our own works and enter into the life Jesus has given us through the cross.

The Promised Land

Hebrews 4:2-3 goes on to say:  “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…”
This text is speaking about an account in the Old Covenant found in the book of Numbers chapter 13.  We can read how the Lord spoke to the children of Israel and gave them this “promised land.”  The Lord told them to go explore and see the blessing.  So they chose twelve spies who were sent in advance to look over the land that God had promised. In their journey they discovered walled cities and giants, but also found abundance of blessings!

Ten of the spies came back with a fearful report; they did not believe the Lord had given them the land. Only Joshua and Caleb refused to believe the evil report and later entered into the land of promise – a land flowing with milk and honey or in New Covenant terms, abundance and prosperity.  Those were the two of that generation who entered into rest!

Do not believe the evil report, but believe the Gospel and enter into that place of rest, peace, prosperity and health.

This “promised land” is available for every believer; it is a land flowing with health, prosperity, and every good thing.  This “promised land” is not a location on a map, but a state of being.  It is a place in the realm of the spirit world that literally affects how we manage “life” and our state of being through the challenges that life hands out.  The life that Jesus came to give surpasses a basic, maintenance level existence that so many Christians settle for.

Believe the Gospel and enter the place of rest

This place of rest is total peace and victory in every area of our life and it is found in believing the Gospel – the news that is too good to be true, yet it is true!

John 6:28-29 – “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”  To enter into that place of rest we must believe the Gospel.  Believe Jesus is the Savior, the healer, the deliverer, the provider.  Believe He is our Great Shepherd leading and guiding us in every area of our daily life.  To work the works of God, we must believe!  Believe He has conquered all the powers of the enemy and that we are seated with Him in heavenly places.

There is a place of authority - a position of knowing that we know that God is with us.

We fight the good fight of faith to believe as the winds and waves of adversity rage against our life.  There are so many voices speaking in the world today - the voice of the media, the voice of circumstances, the voice of broken relationships, the voice of addictions, the voice of fear and many more.  All of them can have some kind of effect on our lives.  Some can even become so huge in our thinking that it is as though a giant is looming over our lives.

That is why it is so important to hear the voice of the good news of the Gospel! It is the news that reveals God’s incredible and immeasurable love for man in that He sent His only son, Jesus, to come from heaven to be the Redeemer of man.  As man, Jesus became the perfect, acceptable offering for the sin of mankind.  All the wrath of God for sin was poured out on Jesus!  We can rest in that reality.  Jesus paid the full price for our sin, for our peace, for our healing, provision, for our friendship, wisdom, and gave us complete and total victory over all the powers of the devil!

Seated with Him in a place of rest

There is a place of authority - a position of knowing that we know that God is with us.  We understand that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word, so once we hear the “news that is too good to be true yet it is true for my life,” embrace it, hold on to it, believe and declare it – then rest in that truth!  Do not believe the evil report, but believe the Gospel and enter into that place of rest, peace, prosperity and health.

As Joshua and Caleb entered into the land of promise with the next generation, their own generation, who did not believe and did not enter into rest, died in the wilderness.

We are seated with Him in a place of rest where we have overcome the world by faith in His finished work.

Hebrews 4:9-11 – “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Enter into what Christ has accomplished for us.  He is seated in heavenly places; He has won the victory and given it to us!  We are seated with Him in a place of rest where we have overcome the world by faith in His finished work.

Sometimes it seems like the answer is beyond our reach and that there are huge walls between victory and us.  Those giants can loom large and we feel like grasshoppers before them as our life is weighed down with problems, but that is the time to enter into the place of God’s rest. We can settle down in heart and mind and reach beyond the veil of unbelief and rest in what Christ has done – we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus above all principalities, all powers and every name that is named!

Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Embrace the promise of God and declare that, through Christ, that place of rest is ours. 

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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