HOW TO ENTER GOD’S REST
Happy Thanksgiving! We so enjoy this holiday season every year. Especially this month when we are reminded to be thankful. We have had many challenges this year but we are truly grateful that because of the faithfulness of our God, we have had many more victories! In the midst of those challenges though, The Lord began to teach us on entering His rest.
Is it possible to have rest in the midst of the hardest challenges you ever faced? The answer is yes! God has outlined a step-by-step process in His Word of how to enter in. Let’s look at that in Hebrews Chapters 3 and 4.
WE MUST HAVE EARS TO HEAR! Four times in this passage of teaching on REST, we are instructed: “TODAY, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Each day we wake up is…TODAY. This lets us know that we can hear the voice of the Lord everyday IF we choose to listen for His leading. This means we purposefully take time everyday to hear the Word in prayer, in teaching, in studying. Please understand that hearing the voice of the Lord is intentional. Then, when we hear the voice of the Lord, our instructions are:
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART! How do we hear His voice and not harden our hearts? We must decide ahead of time that we will receive! Proverbs 19:20 teaches us, “Hear counsel, receive instruction and accept correction; that you may be wise in the time to come.” When we receive the instruction and counsel of God in His Word, even when it means correction, we are choosing obedience. Then God promises that we’ll have wisdom for what’s ahead; the wisdom we need to make wise choices that protect and bless us. But we won’t make those changes if we don’t:
CHOOSE to ABSOLUTELY TRUST GOD! Hebrews 3:18-19 explains that the children of Israel could not enter into the Promise Land because of unbelief: “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So, we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” When we hear God’s Word and don’t obey, according to God it is unbelief. If we don’t trust God, we will never be able to receive His rest. But we can make the wise choice today to trust God! Hebrews 4:1 says, “THEREFORE, WHILE the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today]...”
No matter what choices you made yesterday, you can make the right choice today!
Finally, every time we come in contact with the Word, we JOIN OUR FAITH WITH THE WORD WE HEAR! Hebrews 4:2 AMPC instructs us, “For indeed we have had the glad tidings…proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old]; but the message they heard did NOT benefit them, because it was not mixed with FAITH (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it…” We must choose to absolutely TRUST God in 3 things: His power - NOT our ability. His Wisdom – NOT our intellect. His goodness – NOT our works. Remember, the Promise Land was where the Lord was trying to get the Israelites! For us, this means when we trust Him and His promises, THIS is the place of REST!
What if you’re not quite ready to dive in? Well, the rest of Hebrews 4:2 explains, “…neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).” If you’re still growing in the area of faith, at least agree with those who are in faith by choosing to stay in agreement with either us or your pastors, spiritual leaders, etc. When we make the ultimate choice to absolutely trust God, Hebrews 4:3 confirms we will enjoy the rest of God: “For we who have BELIEVED do enter that REST…”
When you joined TEAM MYLON, you received our agreement in prayer! We can be those in your life who do believe and stand with you for the promises of God to be fulfilled! Please let us know your prayer requests at www.mylon.org. Be encouraged that your giving to help us share the Love of God around the world, is an act of faith that pleases God.
As you give in faith this month, be assured of God’s promises to you. You can trust and REST in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Glory to God, we are entering His Rest!
We Love You,
Mylon & Christi
P.S. THANK YOU with all our heart for your faith filled agreement with us through your prayers and financial support! We receive testimonies daily of how “On The Road To Freedom” is reaching the nations! People all over the world are being set free from bondage of fear, addiction and depression because you gave. Your eternal reward will be great!