The rest that God gives is so beautiful and tangible, it’s incredible how a lot of us don’t realise this and therefore haven’t come into it. And beyond being interesting, it’s so true how His rest is received in His presence through fellowship; not through the things we feel we need to acquire while rat racing… just so we can live stable or above average lives in the name is being successful.
Here are some of the true advantages we restfully experience as we consistently fellowship with God through the justification Christ affords us and by His Spirit:
- He gives us His heart. He takes our hardened hearts of stone and replaces it with His heart of flesh so new our hearts — which really is His heart — can beat in sync with His heart.
- We receive the mind of Christ. Thus, just as Christ is our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, advocating and interceding in behalf of us; His Spirit — our help and the revealer of all truth — teaches and enables us as priests to advocate, intercede, and pray the will of the Father in behalf of the Body of Christ. ie, those inside, incoming and far away.
- We get to be quickened in our inner man… to catch up to and stay on God’s perspective as we keep in step with His Spirit.
- We get to enter His courts and stand before His Council to partake in legislations. Thus, by His Spirit, He enables us hear from Heaven and empowers us to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Ours is to tarry on in prayer and have greater faith to believe in behalf of the multitude while His Spirit does the work of bringing things decided in Heaven to fruition on earth as they are in Heaven.
- And so much more…
… Therefore, in God’s mercy, we get to be living sacrifices who don’t conform to the world’s status quo, but whose hearts have been reformed, minds are renewing and spirits are transforming so we can know the pleasing perfect will of God. We get to foreknow… and the accuracy of His Words given to us prior to their manifestations is like nothing I’ve personally ever known. I beg you believe me, because the knowings He gives me are so true, even truer than the opposing realities I’m surrounded by whenever He shares these knowings with me. And as I keep being enabled to press into Him, believe, and tarry on in greater faith, He brings His Words to pass.
I watched the Downton Abbey movie and for some reason known to God, one of the dialogues during the chaotic preparations for the Queen and King’s visit to the estate caught my attention and stuck with me.
I’ve been enabledly interceding and recently asking God for certain things concerning the Body of Christ which He’s been fulfilling. I’ve also been asking what He wants us to seek Him for beyond what He is currently doing. Basically asking “what’s next?”. In December last year, while praying in quiet — listening to Heaven Fm — the Downton Abbey phrase came back to me.
“A royal visit is like a swan on a lake.
Grace and serenity above,
demented kicking down below.”
Then it hit me. That just like cruise control where motion takes little or no effort; or like a testimony I shared with a friend where he helped me mathematically understand God in His mercy has set my life up such that I put in minimum effort, yet still experience maximum in and out come;
I believe God wants us all to come into His rest. To cruise in Him, while He controls. He wants us to intimately relate with Him in seeking Him and His righteousness so that He can add everything we need unto us. He wants us to abide in Him and be like the serene swan on the lake while He does the kicking in behalf of us, of which kicking’s not even a thing to Him Who is more than able to do… He is saying:
“Rest in Me and the rest is settled”.
That’s all folks!
I hope we believe and receive all He has done and made available for us over trying to have our way, over trying to prove we can fend for ourselves, over our hustle culture, over failing or lagging in other crucial areas of life such as family and community while at the bustle. I pray we choose God’s rest.
“For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.”
Hebrews 4:3 NLT
Scripture for Further Reading
1 Corinthians 2:10-16
1 Corinthians 12:9; 12:4-11