ENTER MY REST to GET to Your Promised Land (8/5/19 11:26 am)
The Word of God was sent in the flesh (John 1:14). For God so the loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The first Gift to mankind was His son (the living word) Jesus Christ who accomplished his assignment by becoming obedient unto death, speaking and behaving as an example as a son in the Kingdom of God, and destroying the works of the devil. He completed his assignment and pass the baton to us. But that was not the end of the story.
So, when Jesus Christ finished his assignment and took his seat at the right-hand side of God his work in the flesh was done but that is not the end of the story, he is not done. He is now our intercessor and the gift of the Holy Spirit is here on the earth to reveal and remind us what he has already done and encourage each one of us to complete our assignment. Hmm, so what is that assignment? It is pointing everyone back to Jesus Christ and what he has already done, use the empowerment he has given us, and staying aware that the same enemy he encountered is pulling out all his ammunition to distract, hinder, steal and destroy.
The Holy Spirit is a promised fulfilled, yet many have not received him and the evidence (Speaking of tongues) not understanding he is here to help, guide, comfort, and remind us of what has already been done. On The Day of Pentecost, he was revealed and made available to the church (the entire Body of Christ). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God sent to us in Jesus Name.
If we want to walk in our promised land, then we must recognize that it is what is within us– what he has given us to accomplished on this earth and the power (anointing) to do it. The common ground with the members of his body (the church) is the living word (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit hands out the gifts and the anointing or power to perform them.
The Holy Spirit teaches, empowers, and brings to remembrance all that we have so we can change Nouns effectively in your territory assigned to us at birth. All the events, experiences, and lessons (good or bad) occurred to prepare us and the Word of God teaches and guides us to watch Jesus Christ’s steps and imitate God our father. The disciples had Jesus in the flesh and the opportunity to see and hear him interact with the people in his territory to teach about God (his Father and ours) and the Kingdom of God. We as a member of the Body of Christ can’t enter the Rest of God and our promised Land without the Holy Spirit’s Guidance and direction for it is, he that anoints us with the power to witness (signs, wonders, and miracles following) to glorify him.
So, we don’t want to walk in disobedience and unbelief like the children of Israel because we won’t enter his Rest. Let’s go to
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter because of unbelief.
Unbelief and disobedience are sins and as we read further, we find in Deuteronomy 8 that it was a test and some of the children of Israel did not pass it.
Deuteronomy 8 King James Version (KJV)
8 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.
2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
7 For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.
Let’s continue on to:
Hebrews 4 King James Version (KJV)
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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Entering into our promised land will require us to believe God, follow his instructions in obedience, know the Word of God and mix it with faith as we apply it in every situation of our lives. With Our eyes of understanding open to what has already been done by our Lord and Savior; rest in him. Trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide and remind us of who we are in Christ, what we already have because of who we are and how to use what we have.
The Holy Spirit is a promise who will help us in our assignments as Christ’s ambassadors to spread the Gospel (good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. He will anoint us to effectively share the good news with boldness as signs, wonders, and miracles follow us because God is with us.
In the first chapter of Acts, we see that Jesus spent 40 days with the apostles after his resurrection speaking about the kingdom of God and commanded them to wait for the promise of the father that he had told them about. We need the power of the Holy Ghost in order to witness and to use by God; and we have the privilege of the written word to remind us what the Living Word has accomplished.
Acts 1:2-11 KJV
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
In Verse 11, this same Jesus shall so come back in the same manner as he went but in the meantime; we the body of Christ must go about our father’s business as Jesus Christ did. We must complete our assignments, walk in our purpose and destiny. In the last chapter of Matthew and Mark we see the assignments he gave his disciples (The great Commission).
Matthew 28:16-20 King James Version (KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Mark 16:14-20 King James Version (KJV)
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
As we walk in love, faith and obedience; the Holy Spirit will remind us that the same enemy Jesus had is the same one that will attempt to distract, hinder and block your path, understanding, and completion of our daily assignments.
Therefore, we must recognize that there is a war going on; for we war not against flesh and blood and our obedience is required for the battle is already won. Our obedience requires us to allow the Holy Spirit to guide, lead, and remind us who we are and that we are in the Kingdom of God. We are children of Light not children of darkness and should walk accordingly.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 alerts that obedience is imperative, and we must check our own fruit and love walk to effectively and skillfully use our weapons with precision.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
After recognizing who the real enemy is (devil, satan); we are instructed to put our war clothes on in Ephesians 6:10-19
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
We must Understand and know whose we are and who we represent for we are Christ’s Ambassadors. It is not about us and he will not share his glory. We are his disciples and continuing his ministry with all the weapons that he has given us. We are all ministers of reconciliation; we are to point (introduce) those who are seeking God to Jesus Christ who is the door, shepherd, and King of kings.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 King James Version (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
So, in conclusion we are to Believe, Trust and Obey God for we are to walk in love (God’s Love- agape- unconditional love) and obedience to God (his way of doing things. For he knows all, has all power, and is everywhere. If we stay yielded, surrendered and teachable we can and will enter into the rest of God and our promised land (which is our assignment in our territory), into the “eyes have not seen, and ears have not heard” promised land.
To be continued by the Holy Spirit –get in the book (The Bible).