Tuesday, January 06, 2015

REST IN HIS REST PT.1

‘For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.’ – Hebrews 4 vs 10

Beloved in the Lord Jesus, this message was born out of compassion for all those in the Lord who at some point in their lives are tired and have an continuing feeling of unworthiness for God as a result of their weaknesses in the flesh and their imperfection in certain areas of their lives. Maybe you are such, this message is for you. Read and be wholly Blessed. AMEN.

At some point in our lives we are filled with thoughts about ourselves, how that we still make silly mistakes against the will of God, some persons are filled with frustration because of the fact that they have been Christians for a long time now, and it seems as though they never live above certain weaknesses of theirs, and that makes them filled with depression often, they feel cast down in their spirits, they always have down times as a result of this, and Satan keeps bugging them with words and thoughts, saying to them that they are wretched sinners and they are unfortunate. But my dear friend, let us consider our opening scripture;

‘For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.’ – Hebrews  4 vs 10 {KJV}

When we received eternal life at salvation, we were ushered into His Rest. Do you know what this Rest means? It says, he that is entered into his rest has ceased from his own works. In the era of obedience to the Law, you had to obey to gain God’s acceptance, hence, if you obeyed, you felt peace; but if you obeyed not, you felt guilt, depressed and down. But in the era of Jesus Christ which is the era of Grace, God gives you Rest without obedience, and never again will your Rest be conditioned to your obedience. That’s what that scripture talked about when it says, ‘…he also hath ceased from his own works…’. Meaning, once you enter that Rest by His Grace, that same Grace keeps you there.  Your works can  no longer give it to you, neither can your disobedience take it from you.

Maybe you are down now, thinking of how you can improve in pleasing God, thinking of why you can’t just get off that habit that displeases God, I gladly announce to you today, that strength to overcome the flesh doesn’t come from ‘Trying’, but it comes from ‘Resting’. – Selah

When you recognize that you are at Rest in God and God is at Rest on your case {Romans 5 vs 1}, you draw strength from the Holy Ghost to please God super-abundantly, and that habit, that addiction will melt out from your life. Yes! But when you try to work it out by your strength and calculations instead of Resting, holding unto His love for you even in the midst of your mess ups, you will surely keep messing up before God, because in the flesh is no good thing {Romans 7 vs 18}. – Selah

‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ – Matthew 11 vs 28 {KJV}

To be heavy laden means to be weighed down with such heavy load, to be oppressed. Now, Jesus lived in the days of the Law even though He was the very person of Grace, so He understood very well that obeying the Law to please God was very grievous and laid so much weight on man when he falls short of obedience, so He declared His will to such folks, and He says, ‘…I will give you rest.’

In as much as God wants our lives to be the very expression of purity, He as well wants us to Rest. How does these two work together? It’s simple. As you rest, as you depend on God’s love for you, as you behold His works and not your short comings, He reveals Himself more to you, His love pours out in your heart by the Holy Ghost {Romans 5 vs 5}, and stirs you up supernaturally to walk in His ways;

‘For the love of Christ constraineth us…’ – 2 Corinthians 5 vs 14 {KJV}

You see that? The love of Christ compels, causes us [of it’s own will with such supernatural force] to do His will;

‘And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.’ – Ezekiel 36 vs 27 {KJV}

You see that? In the place of Rest, you give the Spirit of God avenue to stir you on the inside  by His own workings  and not your personal wanting to be stirred to do good works, no, but of His own strength, He will stir you to walk in the statutes of God. Praise God forever. AMEN. Christianity is a life of Rest. – Selah

So God wants us to please Him from the point of Rest and not from the point of efforts. Yes, it is right to please God in yielding to His Spirit’s voice and directions in us, but we should yield to Him from the point of Rest and not from the point of self-will. Some people say, I am a child of God, hence my life must be pure, hence I gatta live pure. That’s very true, but don’t live with such inspiration because the day you do the wrong stuff, you will be filled with the same measure of depression and regrets. But if you, from the point of Rest, believing that you are His Righteousness by Grace, and knowing that your ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ will not affect that standing, you are first filled with Joy for such Grace He has given you, then you are motivated by Love to do only those things that please God, and you will not be moved to Regrets when the natural imperfections of the flesh cause you to do the wrong things because you know that you are still at peace with God. O Hallelujah.

When we live from the point of Rest, our sins draws you to God in the fulfillment of 1 John 1 vs 9, but when we live from the point of works, our sins draws us away from God in the fulfillment of Romans 3 vs 23. – Selah

In Christianity living Right ought not to be works, something we do, no. But living Right ought to be something that proceeds out of us. A dog doesn’t try to bark, it barks. Why? That’s the nature of a dog. So likewise us, we shouldn’t try to do good works, we do good works. Why? Because of our new nature in the Holy Ghost. – Selah. But it’s only from the point of Rest can this be a reality in our lives and not from the point of trying to work works of Righteousness.

When you are Relaxed in His finished works, not moved by your errors, but holding unto His Grace that has declared you Righteous, you will find out that you are getting better outwardly, and your life is daily filled with thanksgiving unto God for His amazing Grace. But when you are all cautious about walking Rightly, it will make you cautious of every little wrong you make, and that will make you live in Regrets, Guilt, Frustrations, and Regular down-cast of your spirit, and you will suddenly discover that you are getting far from God; not having full boldness to approach Him in prayers, very soon, you will become ineffective in the things of God. – Selah

Why do you bother that you are not perfect in one area of your life? If you could be perfect, there would be no need for God to confer Righteousness on you as a gift. Listen, it’s either you are accepting God’s free given Righteousness, or you are working out your own unacceptable Righteousness {Isaiah 64 vs 6}. - Selah

‘But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…’ – Isaiah 64 vs 6 {KJV}

God saw your weakness and your inability to be perfect in obeying Him in all His ways, so He made you Righteous by the works of His own Son on the Cross. All you have to do now is accept what He’s done. Accept, accept, accept my brother, accept my sister. Cease from your labor, aren’t you tired of working? – Selah.  It’s from that point of Rest that you can begin living the Real Life He wants you to live, and that’s the LOVE Life. It’s from that point of Rest God stirs you to pour out His unconditional Love He has freely poured on you on all that comes your way. Glory to GOD forever. AMEN.

My Dear, Rest! Rest in His Rest, keep Resting and Remain there.

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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