Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fw: entering his rest

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From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:36 AM
Subject: entering his rest

As we consider the awesome power of God we are amazed by His great works.  After all He designed and spoke into being the entire universe...creating all things in heaven and earth.  He even knew that you would be born and live in the current time.  But this morning the word "rest" stood out from the book of Hebrews.  By faith, when we transfer our trust from self to the Savior, we enter a place of rest and this place is also where the Father resides.  Consider this phrase from chapter 4: "his works were finished from the foundation of the world".  On the seventh day He finished the work and began a rest that has continued ever since.
After the Father finished the work of Creation He entered the place of rest and that is where He is now.  This doesn't mean that He isn't doing anything, obviously, but the great work had been completed and the activities, commands, and actions of the Father ever since have been framed by the word "rest".  In verse 10 of the same chapter we read: "for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his."  We join the Father in a place where 'being' is more important than 'doing'....a place where relationship with the Father is more important than achievement.  The work to enter God's rest is the work of faith as a word of caution is provided in verse 2 that the good news of the Gospel only benefits when it is believed...and many have failed to respond that way. 
Let's join the Father in the place of rest as the author of Hebrews says in verse 7: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
Rob Smith 

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