Rest In Hope


The Effect of Threat on the Soul

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28 KJV)

In God’s relations and interactions with Man; God has always been faithful, true, committed, harmless and blameless. The nature and character of God must naturally endear and encourage Man to walk with Him, believe in and commit to Him. How important for us to know God…this is the only way we can truly love, fear and trust Him. 

Consider the veracity and exactness of His promises for instance; the Bible says; “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 6:17-20). Beloved, God does not lie. It is central and fundamental to our relationship with God that nothing changes in God’s commitments to us and should anything change it can only be traced to Man.

Now, giving God’s opened door to Man; talking about entering into the redemption Christ purchased for us through His body (See Col. 1:19-22); we must both be urgent and instant to play our role and participate fully in the redemption plan and program. We must understand that God alone is not responsible for the events and outcome of our lives. We collaborate with Him to see God’s plan, purposes and pleasures fulfilled in our lives. We cannot lose sight of this very important truth.

 Man’s inconsistencies and contradictions have been the crux and limiting effects of God’s interactions with Man. Would Man; representing you and I, realize and apprehend the sincerity required of us to walk with God, we soon should be that unique and peculiar persons preferred above all “…for God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35). We need to return and revise those qualifying terms and conditions to inheriting the promises of God that earn us drawing rights of kingdom privileges.

The door to God’s eternal rest is opened, there is therefore no limitation to the treasury of God or hindrance to His glorious presence; the veil is rent (Matt. 27:51) and we can approach without reproach rather boldly, “…the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)…but are we interested?

Notice what Heb. 4:1 says, 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. (Heb. 4:1)  in fact Bible went further to describe some to whom it was first preached and how they could not enter; not because God reneged on His promise but these would not play their part…”Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (Heb. 4:6).

 We must learn and glean from these things written and communicated to us…we must fear not to miss God or inherit His glorious plan for our lives. What must we do? Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (2 Cor.7:1)

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There Is Rest For You

“This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak about another day [of opportunity] after that.  So, there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. (Heb. 4:9-10 AMP).

Rest is the Promised destination for God’s People. It is the product of Dominion; a state of blessed assurance of peace, calmness and tranquility; free of threat, apprehension, anxiety, strain or stress. Rest is the product of a majestic reign that quashes any insurrection or insurgency of the adversary. Rest is having Means.

When God brought Israel out of Egypt; Israel representing the People of God and Egypt the World, Rest was His Promise and their Destination. About Israel on their traverse, the Bible says, “For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety…” (Deut. 12:9-10 KJV). Notice, Rest and Safety were dominant in God’s plan for His People. Rest is God’s urgent and desired destination for His People and as it turned out then, the Bible says, they (Israel) could not inherit that Rest because of unbelief (see Heb. 3:12-19 KJV). It is about this Rest that God is yet pursing and relentless until His People including you and I become established by Rest in all Life’s course.

We live in a very Restless World, there is fear, trepidation and distress in the hearts of Men. People live on the edge of distressing apprehension and uncertainty, there is stress and strain about what tomorrow holds but in the midst of all these is the City of God within which God dwells and is safe and unassailable. About this City, the Bible says, “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” (Psalm 46:3-5 KJV) Despite the chaos and mayhem around the World, the City of God is safe; “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” the Bible says. Where then is this City? 

About this City and the Rest, it promised, the Bible says, “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. 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…”  Take notice that the promised Rest is not a location rather a state we get to by our belief in God. This is the crux to the Rest promised by God.

About finding this Rest, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor 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.” (Matt. 11:28-30 KJV)

Beloved, God’s promised land is not a location or destination we arrived at, it is a state or destination we attain by conscious reliance on God through faith in His Word; Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matt 11:29). Trust God in every circumstance and find Rest.

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Precious Faith

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1

Faith in God is a very precious virtue. It is the universal currency of God’s Kingdom; the legal tender that procures and delivers to everyone what they are and what they have. The Kingdom of God is without partiality, preference or bias. It is to everyone in the Kingdom according to his/her faith.

The Bible clearly illustrates the tenet and verity according to one’s Faith in the event of two blind men that came to Jesus, “crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us… and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you.  And their eyes were opened;” (Matt. 9:27-30). It is important to note that everyone in the kingdom is a product of his/her Faith in God. “If one believes…then his eyes would open”. We need to give good notice to these things (Kingdom Keys) that we may derive the benefit inherent in them.

Talking about benefits, it is impossible to draw benefit from an item without good grasp of its latent value. The value assigned to an item is the function of the perceived benefit. When the perceived benefits increase, value increases. Value is however a function of personal insight and judgement. This explains why two people would be prepared to pay different prices for the same item. One that assigns higher value essentially perceives greater benefit. This is the matrix that defines and creates the stratum within our society and our pursuit. We do not have the same sense of value.

This is not too different in the Kingdom of God. Bible makes a fundamental assertion regarding our common Faith when it calls it “Precious Faith”. Faith is precious, a priceless and treasurable item. Concerning this Faith, the Bible further asserts, “Without Faith, it is impossible to please God…” (Heb. 11:6) but it takes individual value assignment to extract the benefit inherent in the Faith we have towards God.

Beloved, all things are possible by Faith. This saying is true and ought to be accepted by all.

Giving this background, it is cogent to mention that the value of every item is enhanced when it is further processed and a wider and greater benefit is thereby derivable. This is also true concerning Faith. Bible says “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (James 2:17 Amp) Notice how the Bible puts it, Faith…by itself is destitute, worthless, penniless, vain and without worth, value or benefit. We must add to Faith.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, we must not be the vain “man” when it comes to Faith, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20) We must add to our Faith to have it deliver the immeasurable benefits it carries.

Beloved, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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I Will Bless the Lord

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

The secret of men is in their story. It is important for you and I to hear well when we read or hear communicated words. The Bible says, “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” (Luke 8:18). If one gives heed to how one hears; understanding what is communicated, such one will grow in knowledge knowing more (such one will be given more) but when there is corrupted hearing as a result of noisome pollution, whatever he seemeth to have shall be taken away from him.

We need to pause and examine often not what we heard but how we heard what was communicated to us. Every spoken word is laden with profound secret of which if one properly and completely understands; the truth or secret in the Words can be verified and an appropriate action triggered. It is important that we gain truth of Words rather than the letter of Words.

The Lord Jesus Christ clearly demonstrated the importance of how one hears against what one hears, as the Bible says of him; “But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them,…”, (Luke 11:17) Jesus did not respond to what he heard but how he heard…he responded to the thoughts behind the words they said and not the words said. It is important to understand that Words are declared thoughts… for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matt. 12:34).

It is this background that informs and defines how God hears everyone and responds to what everyone says. We may all say the same thing to God but derive different responses from Him, for God hears well; not what was said but who said it. For instance, Jesus said clearly “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21). How is God hearing you and me?

David, a prolific writer of love songs to God earned an enviable status among humans as a man-after God’s heart. About David, the Bible says, “…the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, … (1 Samuel 13:14). Notice how the Lord chose him, he sought for him and found him…and we know how God locates people: quite unlike how man sees; “for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7KJV). This is how the Lord found David and He still does that today…God never changes.

Now, it will be fitting on our part to examine and know who David was and what he had that attracted God and made David a man after God’s heart. God so verified David’s heart, that God trusted him with His people and made him their captain but not so for Saul. This is remarkable.

David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. (Psalm 34:1).

This is David…this was why God found him. God is still looking for such men today. Let’s commit to have God’s praise in our mouth continually. Amen

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