Living in God’s blessing is the best way to live. But what is the difference between living in His promises and receiving the miraculous? Here follows a story that will highlight the difference between the two and show you how to enter and dwell in His rest.
From the perspective of a pregnant mommy...
One faithful Sunday morning, after ministering at children’s church, one of my friends came up to me and asked if I was still keeping myself from vomiting (I had previously told her that I was trying to walk in health so her question was well-meaning, but I was quite offended by her lack of understanding).
At the time I just brushed it off as ‘she does not understand’. But, looking back at it now, I can honestly say that I was quite literally keeping myself from throwing up! I would command life, speak in tongues, command nausea to leave, all while going through the urges to just let it all out!
Yes, it is true that I sometimes won the battle, but I often became so overwhelmed by my circumstance that I could not receive the spiritual reality right then. What I was experiencing was just too real to me – more real than what Jesus had accomplished for me on the cross. Although I survived, I did not thrive and I was definitely not walking in abundant life.
When I first discovered the ‘full gospel message’ I tried my hardest to MAKE IT HAPPEN. Back then I tried to do what I thought was my part so that I could partake of everything that Jesus died for me to have. But over the last few years I have come to know that my part is not to make it happen, or to stand for it long and hard enough, my part is to labor to enter into God’s rest. And that labor is to know Him by knowing His Word and relating to Him through the new covenant we have in Christ.
Have a look at Hebrews chapters 3 & 4. Here I highlight only a few verses, but those two chapters are really awesome and increases understanding as to what our part is and why some of the Israelites did not inherit the promised land.
“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” – Hebrews 3:14-15
“And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” – Hebrews 3:18-19
“For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:10-11
Our part is to labor to enter into rest. Back then I focused on my physical symptoms instead of focusing on God. My focus was on what I wanted, and not on who God was. As I have grown in the Word I have grown in my confidence towards Him, because I have come to know Him. I have come to know His heart and His will, by knowing His Word in the light of the Gospel.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
Jesus has given us everything we need for life and godliness and peace. He took care of our sins and infirmities on the cross, and then gave us God’s Word and His Name.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, 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 1:2-8
Like Andrew Wommack often says, “I have not arrived, but at least I have left”. I do not claim to do everything perfectly, but I can see that I have grown and every day I walk in God’s life more and more. His Word is my source of strength and His Name gives me power to overcome.
Let’s all choose today to take one more step into the way of abundant life!
All Scripture quoted out of the King James Version of the Bible.