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Resting in the Results of the Resurrection
Author: Creflo Dollar
God has a will for our lives; however, just because He has a will for each of us doesn’t mean it will automatically come to pass. Nothing just happens. God’s will is for us to live long, successful lives; however, we will not see His promises manifest in our lives if we do not believe Him.
- It was not God’s will for the Israelites to spend 40 years in the wilderness. They could not make progress because they didn’t believe God (Hebrews 3:15-18).
- God’s will for our lives is good; however, it will not manifest on its own.
- Our faith and belief are required to reach the next level God has for us.
- Faith will not work until the will of God is known; the will of God is the Word of God.
- Some people think that everything that happens to them—good and bad—is the will of God for their lives.
- However, there are things that happen that are not according to God’s will for our lives.
- Many Christians miss out on God’s precious promises because they do not believe (Hebrews 4:1, 2, AMP).
- Faith will not work until the will of God is known.
- For example, it is the will of God for us to be healed and delivered, and to prosper in every area of our lives.
- There is also a specific will for each of us, which will not manifest without our faith for it.
- The Sabbath
- The rest is referring to God’s finished works (Hebrews 4:3-8, AMP).
- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. For six days He worked, and on the seventh day He rested (Hebrews 4:4; Genesis 2:2, 3).
- Rest in this context means to cease from work because everything is done.
- Man was created right before the Sabbath. At that point, God had provided everything mankind would ever need, including the ability to reproduce (Genesis 1:5, 11, 22, Genesis 2:4-8).
- There is a rest we can enter into today. Faith and obedience are still required to enter into His rest (Psalm 95:7-11; Hebrews 3:15).
- Reasons for the Sabbath
- God wants us to rest (or be confident) in the fact that He has done all the work for us.
- Resting on the Sabbath is a way of symbolically recognizing that God is our real source, not our own work (Exodus 20:8-11; Colossians 2:16, 17, AMP).
- God’s rest describes our relationship with Him—trusting, relying on Him and what He has already done, instead of relying on our own works and abilities.
- We now have in Jesus the reality of what the Sabbath symbolizes.
- Through Jesus, we can have a relationship with God, and have all our needs met.
- When we are resting, we are trusting in what God has done through the Lord Jesus Christ. We have everything we need within our born-again spirits (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- Labor to enter into the rest
- Our labor is our labor of faith.
- Praying, serving, studying the Bible, confessing the Word, and listening to Word-based messages are ways in which we build our faith and walk in obedience.
- Our Christian walk should consist of entering into God’s rest instead of trying to work to make Him do something (Hebrews 4:8-11, AMP).
- Hebrews 3:15-18
Hebrews 4:1-11, AMP
Genesis 1:5, 11, 22
Colossians 2:16,17, AMP
2 Corinthians 5:17
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