As the Feast of Tabernacles has ended, God spoke to me about entering His rest. In Hebrew 4:8-11 it says, “For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. Consequently, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore, let’s make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience.” (NASB)
Now, we know the Jews practice Shabbat (Sabbath). Shabbat starts at sundown every Friday night and goes until nightfall on Saturday. It’s a special day of the week during which the Jews recognize that they are entering into God’s rest. They remember that God rested from His work after 7 days, and God wants that same rest for them. Sabbath rest distinguishes them and distinguishes believers as those who belong to God.
So, God also wants this practice for you! Nowadays, many Christians practice their Sabbath rest on Sundays. However, in our busy world, there are some Christians not practicing a Sabbath rest at all.
The author of Hebrews shared that you can enter Sabbath rest every day. God is inviting us to be at rest with Him. There is a day, a moment, and a time that you can enter into this state of rest. It’s when you remember the fact that Jesus died, was buried, resurrected and ascended. And even though we live in a world full of toil, He is our complete peace.
God wants you to get to a place where you stop trying to always toil and get things, but instead to come to a place of proper positioning in which you recognize you are in full alignment with His inheritance. God’s rest is where He abides. It’s a place of relationship with Him – a secret place, a deep place. Rest in the Hebrew is the katapausis which means reposing down or abode. This abode is resting in the abode of God Himself.
So, why do you toil? What are you working for? Most people toil all the time. Our world works to gain, works to get, and is focused on more, more and more. It’s a “get” mentality in our natural mind from the fall of man. However, when you enter into a state of rest, you find that nothing is missing, nothing is broken. It’s a supernatural place. It’s shalom, peace – a Shabbat Shalom! It’s a Sabbath rest for the people of God- an abode in God.
We are called to be givers, not getters. It’s hard to be a giver if we are always trying to get and fulfill our needs. Jesus is enough. The work is finished. You don’t have to toil or be constantly thinking about getting. You need to shut off that way of thinking sometimes so you can rest .
How do you do that? You shut down those thoughts by meditation, prayer, and the Word of God washing your soul. Then fear flees and you can experience His Sabbath rest by faith!
Today, believe that God is Jehovah Jireh, your Provider. Remember that even when the Israelites were in a vulnerable state in the desert, the Lord provided for them. God will provide for you, child of His inheritance! Enter His rest today!
If you would like to know more, I encourage you to check out my Soul Transformation class or any course in my School of the Supernatural. Share this with a friend who needs to learn to rest in Jesus and be blessed!