Realm of Confident Rest
Hebrews 4:1-9 TPT
‘Now the promise of entering into God’s rest is still for us today. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it.
For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted.
For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise, and we experience the realm of confident rest! For he has said, “I was grieved with them and made a solemn oath, ‘They will not enter into my rest.’ God’s works have all been completed from the foundation of the world,
or it says in the Scriptures, and on the seventh day God rested from all his works.
And again, as stated before, they will not enter into my rest.
Those who first heard the good news of deliverance failed to enter into that realm of faith’s rest because of their unbelieving hearts. Yet the fact remains that we still have the opportunity to enter into the faith-rest life and experience the fulfillment of the promise!
For God still has ordained a day for us to enter into called “Today.” For it was long afterwards that God repeated it in David’s words, “If only today you would listen to his voice and do not harden your hearts!”
Now if this promise of “rest” was fulfilled when Joshua brought the people into the land, God wouldn’t have spoken later of another “rest” yet to come. So we conclude that there is still a full and complete Sabbath-rest waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them.’
This faith rest life is the realm of full and complete rest. The Father is waiting for His children to live in and from the experiential reality of His Realm of Rest!
How do we do this?
We enter (active) INTO God’s Faith – Rest –Life.
We rest in the finished work of the Cross, the Resurrection, Ascension and Enthronement of our Lord. From this truth and this realm, we are invited to live and move and have our being!
Heb. 4:11 – ‘So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.
Heb. 4:12 For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.’
I believe THIS is God’s Cry of His Heart to His Body – NOW –
Come with eager expectation and anticipation and enter into the Faith – Rest-Life with Him!
It is not a life of inactivity – but it is living from the place of faith and rest because we have been with Him! And the rest that is not only in Him, but Who HE Is – becomes enlarged within our being. The Truth of His Rest begins to swallow up and overtake places of unrest and unbelief.
In this place of rest we are then able to hear Him speak His Promises to us.
We press in with Holy Spirit and seek deeper revelation and understanding of what He has spoken into our hearts.
We want His Words to be in the deep soil of our hearts and unlock the destiny and future of our lives into their fulness.
And then believe for our lives to be used to help to unlock God’s dreams for others’ lives.
Anxiety, fear, worry, unbelief, doubt – are not the fruit of being rooted in the soil of God’s Love – these are from the wrong tree. Those emotions and mindsets are from the realm of unrest where our soul, flesh and intellect are eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil instead of remaining in and with The Tree of Life – Jesus. Where He has invited us to eat of Him and drink of Him for He is Peace and Rest.
The Realm of Rest requires trusting in – I AM!
His Nature, personally encountered in our individual lives and hearts, transforms our distant hopes and brings them into our present as we venture forward into His future promises.
As we wait and seek and act upon fresh revelation given by Spirit of God to our spirit we are refreshed in Him. He does the refreshing as we place our entire life into His Hands.
We allow the Word and the private heart words spoken from the Lord to form and shape our today with tomorrow’s promises.
Like Abraham and Sarah, Moses, and other faithful servants of the Lord – we need to hear it, receive it, write it down, pray it, sing it, receive and believe, walk in confident expectation and then rest on His Promise. It is action and rest woven together in our spirits.
We must align our entire lives to what He has whispered to our hearts.
There is no place in our lives for a plan B, which is a back up plan just in case….
Jesus didn’t and we as His disciples must not.
There is only one plan – one destiny – one life and opportunity.
We cannot afford to not know His plans for our lives and to walk it out ‘in rest’.
It will require our ‘risking it all’, courage and it will it is costly.
It will cost us our time, our own path surrendered to walk with Him, to be with Him and to live from the place of intimacy and rest.
Jesus lived in confident rest.
He lived not for Himself but for the Father’s glorious purposes.
He modeled for us – how we are to live in and from the Realm of Rest.
Confident Rest – from the posture of humility and trusting in the Father’s Love.
‘I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”’
God gave us Life Eternal, our destiny, and His dream for our lives.
First and foremost, that we would KNOW HIM and Trust in Him and walk in His Rest and Love.
That our lives would impact and make way for others from the place of communion and rest with and in Him.
If your dreams seem dim and your vision is not clear or you feel like they are dying
If your prophetic words have been put on a shelf gathering dust
Or circumstances are beginning to cause your heart to give way to fear
If doubt and unbelief are leading your heart more than faith is
Your soul is crying – Too much…..Too many….. feeling like you are overwhelmed….
THEN there is a promised place to run to –
Heb. 4:16 TPT
So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.
From the place of being with Him, waiting on Him, in quiet rest –
Let Him kiss your heart and bring strength and refreshing, restore vision, impart hope, and awaken your heart anew.
Own it – decree it – believe it -and rest in it.!!!