Finished Work of Jesus at the CROSS!!

2012 2:53 PM by Jim Seymour

Resting in the Promises of God

One of the primary characteristics of the world system is toil. It is a system that is based on self-reliance and trusting in our own abilities to achieve success. The problem with relying on ourselves, however, is that it leaves God out of the equation. It is essentially taking over the driver’s seat of our lives rather than resting in His promises and letting Him do the driving. On the other hand, those who are in the kingdom of God are not to take on this attitude of “doing for self,” but rather we are to rest in the promises that God has given us through Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the Cross. It is through our trust in His redemptive work that we are able to have access to everything the Bible says we can have. We must simply rest.

The picture of the Sabbath day was a picture of rest, and it is a picture that we are to take into the way we live our lives as Christians. God created the world and everything in it over a period of six days. On the seventh day, the Bible says He ended His work and rested. The Jews set aside the Sabbath day as a day to cease from work of any kind, as a symbolic representation of what God did when He had finished creation. Today, we are under a new covenant through Jesus Christ, which means that we are no longer under the law and mandated to observe the Sabbath on a particular day. While there are those who do set aside a period of time to observe the Sabbath today (and there is nothing wrong with that), the core issue is the message found within the Sabbath principle—to rest in the finished work of Christ instead of relying in our own works as a way to access the promises of God.

The finished work of Christ has made some wonderful things available to every Christian. Healing, deliverance, prosperity, wisdom, peace, provision, and much more are all part of the salvation package. We know that these things are the will of God because they are found in the Word. Once we discover something in the Word, we are to receive that particular promise by faith and then move into rest. However, if we don’t release our faith, we cannot enter into this rest.

Hebrews 3:18, 19 says, “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.” The Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness because of their unbelief, rather than entering into the Promised Land. Unbelief is just as much a hindrance to us entering into the rest of God as it was to the Jews back in the Old Testament.

The truth is that very few Christians are truly resting in what Jesus has already done. Religion teaches people that they have to try to get God to do something, and if they fall short of perfection they won’t receive anything from God; however, understanding that you have been made righteous through your faith in Jesus Christ enables you to receive from Him simply because you are in relationship with Him. You don’t have to try to make something happen through your own abilities; you know that it is through faith that you receive from the Lord.
Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” We enter into rest when we stop trying to get God to do something He has already done. Verse 11 instructs us to labor to enter into His rest and not fall into unbelief. This is the only labor that a Christian should be doing when it comes to activating the promises of God.

If you are in Christ, you have an abundance of spiritual resources on the inside of you. You are a new creature in Christ Jesus, and deliverance, prosperity, abundance, and healing are residing in your recreated spirit. Instead of trying to get God to move, release your faith to withdraw what He has deposited in you, and believe that you receive it. When you know with every fiber of your being that what God said belongs to you is yours, you can rest confidently knowing that you will see the manifestation of those things.

— Creflo A. Do

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