“And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but those who disobeyed. ”
Through obedience we can enter into Gods rest. This rest provided us with peace for each day. As trials of life come forth we know that it’s with Jesus we find our joy. So that when we have those trials we will not fall apart or be dismayed. Because we know the Truth we can stand our ground in the assurance that our God is faithful. He causes all things to work together for our good.
So stand firm in the Word of God and use it as your shield, rear guard and buckler! Then when the arrows fly by day and pestalines provoke at night you can truly say, “When I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in the Lord” (Psalm 56:3) and see the manifestation of His Truth abound.
“Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:25
We must not hold onto things, for it may be those very things that will cause a snare in our lives. Causing us to gravitate toward a sinful heart and departing a holy life with God. Although things such as cars, houses, money, etc. are great in their proper place, sometimes the very blessing that God has given us takes our focus off of the Gift Giver. He wants his children to live the abundant life, but not at the cost of abandoning Him. Our Father in Heaven is faithful to us more than we are to him. He is patient and is ever present for our needs. He desires a relationship with us beyond the prayer room. Allow him into your everyday activities, big or small, and share your life with your Father, Friend and Creator.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7
Cain disobeyed God in not giving a sacrifice of flesh, an animal sacrifice, as his brother Abel did which was Gods requirement of them. God gave the example to Adam and Eve after they were disobedient when he killed a sheep to cover their transgressions (their nakedness) in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:21) Cain knew and chose to be disobedient in doing things his own way. He was supposed to give a proper sacrifice, yet he chose to give God the lesser with a mere fruit offering. This offering was not pleasing to God therefore it was rejected (Gen. 4:5). Since God accepted Abel’s sacrifice it enraged Cain and he rose up against his brother in anger and killed him. When we are walking in disobedience it will open a door for the enemy (the devil) to come in who can easily manipulate us. This can cause us to have a distorted fear of God separating us from him and causing us to have no desire to fellowship with him whatsoever (Gen. 3:10). Eventually it can make it easy for us to lie, steal, cheat, and even kill in some cases with no remorse.
Imagine if God would have given us a lesser sacrifice for our sins instead of Jesus, where would we be today? We would be in the same position as the Israelite’s were. Each year they had to give a ceremonial offering to God through the high priest on the behalf of the people. This was to cleanse them of all their sins and transgressions by slaughtering the animals. Praise Be to God! We no longer have to do those things to please Him! Jesus was and is the only sacrifice we need. His atonement on the Cross was more than enough! He bridged the gap that separated us from God. The only requirement of God is to be obedient in accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He made it so simple yet many find it to be a hard task as Cain did in his offering. Simple obedience is what God requires of us. Are you ready to step out in faith and be obedient to His call? God is long suffering and patiently waiting because he loves you. Simply Obey.
“Because of this we believe that you (really) come from God. Jesus answered them, do you now believe?”
Although the disciples were with Jesus for three years and were witnesses to multiple miracles, signs and wonders. They even saw Jesus walk on water! They still had doubt in their hearts about who he really was. Up until this point they ate, slept, fellowshipped and even celebrated life with Jesus. Yet despite all this there was a question mark looming over their heads. Why is this? It may be that even in our human nature we gear towards doubt due to life circumstances, even when the answer is smack dab in front of us? I believe this is why Paul said we have to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). We as believers must set aside all our human reasoning and take on the mind of Christ, literally. We do this by meditating on his Word day and night so that it penetrates through our minds and circumvent our thoughts to the point that our thoughts become His thought and the only thing we can think on is “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things (Phil. 4:8).” Then we will be able to doubt our doubts and move forward in Christ as we put doubt to rest and remain in perfect peace as our minds our steadfast on the one who loves us. The disciples knew of the prophets that had done miracles, but Jesus did them frequently and more readily as he fulfilled the prophecies. But when the disciples finally understood, it was only by the revelation of God. Just like with us, as we abide in the Word and are dictated by the Holy Spirit, revelation will come which will help us to believe without question. It takes a habitual walk in the presence of our Lord to receive the manifestation to come forth by faith. God wants us to spend time and build a relationship with him. It seems to me that this is the reason we don’t have instant revelation of his entire Word. But gradually the wisdom of our Lord will abound in us as we put our trust in Jesus and believe in his precious promises.
“God disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it (the cross).” Col. 2:15
God has already given us the strength and power to overcome all situations in life. He has done this in His son Jesus Christ at the cross. Our fight is not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12), for what reward is there in it but exhaustion. The only fight we must contend with is the fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Hold fast to the promises of God, knowing that He is faithful. God is not a man that He would lie He is The Truth! Take up your Shield of Faith when the fiery arrows come at you from the devil and they will be extinguished. Saturate yourself in the Word of God so much that as the lies, fears, challenges and distresses come at you from the enemy they will not penetrate or stand. They will only fall at your feet as they submit to the authority that you have in Christ.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” Joshua 1:8
The Bible clearly states that it contains all that we need to have a successful life on this earth. When we read, ponder and meditate on it day and night we will find our lives to be prosperous. The Word of God is powerful, alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It’s not an ordinary book, or a temporary best seller, nor is it a short term popular novel. The Bible is anointed and will change your life if you open your heart and mind to what it says. “All things are possible for those who believe! “ Mark 9:23 I can testify that it has changed my entire life. I’ve gone from wretchedness, fear and chaos to peace, joy and love in the Holy Spirit. It’s given me wisdom and knowledge of things that are far beyond my understanding. In the areas of weakness, it has made me strong. Where fear was once a concern it no longer has its grip on me. God’s Word has taught me that despite the negative treatment of others I don’t have to respond in retaliation because my heavenly Father fights on my behalf (Exodus 14:14). When I turn to Him as my recompense the results of the petition is far more rewarding. My prayer for you is that the Spirit of the living God would quicken your heart to embrace the Word, as it is life to those who receive and love for those who would so humbly believe.
“I found it necessary and was impelled to write you and urgently appeal to and exhort you to contend for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Jude 3
Although we have been given the measure of faith, once received we must still take action to keep it a blazed. We must cultivate and continually fight to keep our minds clear of outside forces that try to distract us from the truth of God’s word. Do not allow the daily circumstances of life to supersede and make its self to be our truth; God’s word is truth (Proverbs 30:5). Eradicate all false teachings, perversion, lawlessness, and profanity that try to rule your heart and mind. Refuse to listen to false teachings of men who pervert the grace of God, and keep your mind stayed upon Jesus who is the finisher and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). As we live by faith and not by sight we must deliberately chose to shut down the lies of the enemy that attempts to plague our minds, and stand up and take hold of the truth. Keeping one another encouraged and strengthened to contend by faith.
“Sow for yourselves according to righteousness; reap according to mercy and loving-kindness.…” Hosea 10:12
You’ve struggled and worked so diligently, but feel as though nothing has changed. Be encouraged! You’ve blessed so many, having planted a foundation of love upon the soil of the hearts that were sick, lost and broken. You will soon see the abundance of the Lords harvest come upon you.
“So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is your own.” Matthew 25:25
Don’t allow fear to stop you from using the gifts that God has given to you. Although they may seem minute or unimportant to you, they are still a blessing from the Lord. Go and feed the hungry, comfort the broken hearted, visit those who are in prison, or even bake a cake for your neighbor. No matter how big or small it still brings glory unto God (Matt. 25:35-40). If the Holy Spirit is in you he can take even the least talent and multiply it as great as the mustard tree and use it to be a blessing for the world. Don’t bury your gifts where they remain dormant, rather plant them in good soil so that it would produce a harvest that will feed the hungry souls of this generation.
"But you shall be called Hephzibah,
My delight is in her." Isaiah 62:4