RESTING IN GOD
November 29, 2009

 

   Hebrews 3:8-15; 4:1-2 In these great chapters of the Bible, God is teaching us about three things; Rest, Faith, and Grace, which we can have by trusting Him.

   REST - at peace, relief  from distress, not struggling, not frustrated- (Webster).

   FAITH - Having confidence, trusting in Godís Word.

   GRACE - God doing everything for those that are undeserved in return for nothing.   

   The reason that Christians do not enjoy the Christian life is that we are not Resting in God.

 

GOD DOING ALL

   Ephesians 2:8-9 These verses teach us that God made us free moral agents that must decide whether or not to believe Him about the Gospel message. He tells us all we need to know in Romans 3:10; 3:23; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; John 6:37-40. It is up to us to make the decision to exercise our will and believe (faith) that He will do (Grace) what He says He will do. When we choose to believe, God does the saving.

   Ephesians 2:9-10 These verses confirm the fact that we cannot work for our salvation and that we are Godís workmanship, meaning that God has made us to be workers for Him, we donít make ourselves.

   Colossians 2:6 This verse tells us that Grace is the way we got saved so Grace is the way   Christians are to lives. Let God do everything, provide everything, take care of everything.

   I Corinthians 1:27-31 We must remember that the only reason we can say that we are in Christ is because God put us there, we had nothing to do with it. Our Christian life (walk) has to do with us being in Him and Him being in us.

 

FAITH IN GOD

   Hebrews 4:1-2 The warning to us is that we better not act like the Jews acted when they did not trust (Faith) God and ended up dying in the wilderness without reaching the promised land (Rest). Most Christians are not at Rest because of unbelief, not trusting in Godís Word.

   ***Hebrews 4:10 This is the key verse for us to understand Faith, Grace, and Resting.

   We Christians sometimes have problems trying to serve God and we get frustrated in our service. We are sometimes trying in our own power to do something that God doesnít want us to do. God wants us to Rest in Him and have Faith in His Word and allow Him to use us where He wants us and He will do (Grace) the service through us because He is in us.

   Romans 8:8 This verse teaches us that in our flesh, or in our strength we cannot please God.

   I Thessalonians 5:24 God promises us that He is the one who will do the work if we let Him.

   Matthew 11:30 Why is it so hard for Christians to serve if Jesus tells us that it will be easy???

   Galatians 2:20 Here we can begin to understand why Paul had a great  testimony. He knew that it was Jesus Christ that was living His life through Paul. Paul was Resting in Christ.  

 

RESTING

   Hebrews 4: 3-4 A close look at this verse teaches us when God had finished ALL His work.

   Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 11:6 These verses teach us about Godís supply and Bible Faith.

   Where are Godís riches and supplies??? Philippians 4:19 This verse tells us they are in glory.

   I Timothy 3:16 This verse proves that Glory is in Heaven because thatís where Jesus went.

   Philippians 4:6 Paul teaches us that we are to pray with thanksgiving. We thank someone when we have received something not just when we are requesting something.

   The Rest that God talks of in Hebrews 4:3 will be ours when we learn to believe that He will keep His promise of supplying ALL our needs. Those supplies are in Heaven and they will be ours through prayer and through Faith in the One who finished creating our needs way back before the seventh day of His creation.