I believe we are in a time when our Father is calling us into His rest. Hebrews 4 v 11 encourages us to ‘…strive to enter into His rest…’ It is the only thing we are exhorted to labour at. Everything else is attained through faith. Salvation, righteousness, even demonstrating our faith through works can only be accomplished by Him, “The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me” John 15 v 5
The place of rest is not a state of inactivity. It is a place of peace. A place free from anxiety, stress and fear. We are not designed to carry large amounts of stress for long periods of time. Jesus tells us to cast our burdens onto Him. He can handle it. He said my yoke is easy and my burden is light. He really doesn’t want us to be weighed under by the cares of the world.
We don’t achieve this by avoiding difficult situations, Jesus Himself, ‘for the joy set before Him endured the cross’. When faced with stressful or tricky situations, instead of choosing a fearful response, we choose to believe that psalm 139 is true, He’s got it, and He will work it for good (Rom 8). He has given us ‘The Helper’, ‘The Paracletos’ because He doesn’t want us to be alone in these situations and because He cares deeply about us. We need to remind our flesh that we our seated in heavenly places and that we have access to every spiritual blessing. If we can know together with all the saints just how high, and wide, and deep and broad His love is and simply believe in the overriding goodness of God, then we can start seeing the Kingdom coming on earth and His will being done as it is in Heaven. It takes practise to take our flesh out of the panic, out of the anxiety, but the more we do, the more natural it becomes. Heb. 5 v 14 “who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.’
Bringing the Kingdom to earth and dispelling darkness with light is one of our greatest privileges. It is only now that we have this opportunity. When we have finally left these earthly bodies and are in Heaven, all those opportunities to bring light into darkness will have vanished. When we choose to rest and trust it demonstrates faith, which makes God happy, so everybody wins. Psalm 46:10 tells us ‘Cease striving and know that I am God’, another translation is ‘Relax and know that I am God’.
We may need to remove blockages and get our hearts healed. Perhaps we believe that we will always be alone or that we must be independent. Lies prevent God from moving in our lives by virtue of that fact that in believing them we won’t even ask God, or if we do, we don’t expect Him to come through. Once we are healed and know the goodness of God, that He is our good good Father, then it is easier for our flesh move into the reality of perpetual peace which is our inheritance.
We are made in His image. He is good, He is the Prince of Peace, He is the Father of lights and the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy. That is what we should start to expect as the normal christian life. Righteousness, peace and joy. It is what we were designed for. His kingdom is His presence. His Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy for that is who He is. We were made to look like Him.