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ENTERING HIS REST

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GOD’S POWER IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE
His power is seen in His creation. What we see are only small demonstrations of His power.
God does not have power He has gained, God is the very source of power and energy.
WHY WOULD GOD LAY THAT POWER ASIDE TO REST AFTER CREATION?
On the seventh day God rested.
Genesis 2:2 ESV
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
God rested not because He needed to but because His people needed to.
Exodus 20:11 ESV
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
God was pointing to something even greater than the Sabbath day of the old law.

GOD’S RESTING POINTS TO OUR NEED FOR REST.

HUMANS ARE DESIGNED TO NEED REST REGULARLY
The Sabbath day provided the rest the Israelites needed for renewal physically and spiritually
Jesus taught His disciples to rest regularly after being busy for Him.
Mark 6:30–31 ESV
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Jesus himself rested often in the midst of His busy ministry. ;
GOD’S POWER IS NEVER ENDS BUT OUR ENERGY MUST BE REPLENISHED

GOD’S RESTING POINTS TO THE ETERNAL REST HE PROVIDES THROUGH JESUS.

GOD’S RESTING SET UP FOR A GREATER LESSON THAN OUR NEED FOR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL REST
Hebrews 4:8–10 ESV
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Hebrews 4:8-
The Sabbath rest for Christians is not the 24 hour day of the Old law or the rest given to the Israelites when Joshua led them into the promise land.
The rest that remains in our future is not a physical rest but an eternal rest.
GOD’S RESTING POINTS TO AN ETERNAL REST FOR THE FAITHFUL FROM LIFE’S LABORS.
Hebrews 4:11 ESV
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
For the faithful death is entering God’s rest - ;
Revelation 14:13 ESV
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
Isaiah 57:1–2 ESV
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.
This is the rest we should really be looking forward to more than anything.
Isaiah 57:2 ESV
he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.
If we are looking forward to it we will strive to enter it.
ARE WE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO ENTER THE HIS REST.

ARE YOU STRIVING TO ENTER THE HIS REST?

Hebrews 4:11 ESV
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
ARE WE LIVING TO ENTERING HIS REST?
- We need to do what God calls us to do to enter (not earn) that rest.
What would keep us from entering His rest?
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE DO NOT “FALL BY THE SAME SORT OF DISOBEDIENCE” AS ISRAEL.
The first generation of Israelites fell in the desert and did not enter into the Promise Land.
We need to live for Christ in obedience focusing on heaven over earth.
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