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May 2018

Finding the Rest of God

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“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any manĀ  fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11)

I’m convinced that most Christians reading this verse believe it is talking about heaven. About the rest waiting for us after we die.

This passage begins with recounting how Moses led the people through the wilderness for 40 years. And how they failed to enter into the promised land.

Only after the death of Moses and the death of all the original Israelites, except Joshua and Caleb, did the people finally cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan. All because they did not believe God would fight for them and protect them in what was, without doubt, a very dangerous place.

From that reference, we are told there is another rest that is ready for Christians to “enter into”. Something that has been provided right now for the believer. Not just something down the road after 70 or 80 years of life.

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Self Deception

 

Kendall Ledge Moss

Two things here.

One: Sin has powerful emotions attached to it.

Two: These emotions or motions are both spiritual and physical.

Which makes our struggle against sin such a terribly fierce battle.

In Hebrews, it tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 12:1). That word, “beset“, is an interesting one. It sounds like a commonplace or simple word. As if our sin was nothing more than a simple fly or gnat that irritates us. Something we could just easily swat away.

However, beset actually means to combat on every side or to lay under siege. This is like a vast, terrible army surrounding people in a castle. As an enemy bringing all the machines of war against them — seeking their total annihilation.

Yet, that verse in Hebrews tells us to “lay aside” the sin that so easily defeats us.

So how does that work? How does one just “lay aside” something that so violently and overwhelmingly seeks to destroy us?

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