Tag: no rest
Beloved friends and family,
As we journey onward and upward to the heavenly city, a new year awaits us. Our Heavenly Father already knows the end from the beginning (He has 2020 vision!) and has declared our victory in His unchanging Word! He delights in His people and is abounding in compassion towards all, even the lost. His promises are all “Yes!” and “Amen!” and sealed with the sacrifice of His own Son, Jesus Christ He waits in anticipation to see His children walking in faith and loves it when we give Him no rest in declaring His promises and asking for fulfillment in our time and our day.
Isaiah 62:6-7 “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.”
3 John 4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that My children are walking in the Truth.”
Revelation 22:12-14 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense with Me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.”
Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
This year I have chosen the 5-day reading plan located at www.BibleClassMaterial.com. I will select a key passage from Old and New Testaments each day that will take us chronologically through the whole Bible. Please read with me five days and rest or catch up on weekends. Apply the Word by declaring your faith in His unchanging promises. Allow your robes to be washed and made clean. Join the Bride, filled with the Holy Spirit, in calling to the lost, “Come.” Prepare for the sudden arrival of the Lord! Onward to the gates of the heavenly city, our eternal home and great reward!
In His Love and Compassion, John Morse
P.S. Have a blessed New Year and join me in reading chronologically through the whole Bible in this coming year. (260 readings in Old and New Testaments reading five days a week.) We start January 2nd!
Scripture reading for June 21st: Job 1-3, Romans 7
Key Scriptures: Romans 7:21-25 “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God Through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Paul describes the battle that he had as a sinner trying to keep God’s law in his own power. The law of sin always opposed him and took him captive. He answered his own question about deliverance: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Job experienced a similar battle and found faith to be the answer.
Job 3:25-26 “For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for winning the battle with sin and defeating death through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 2nd: Hebrews 4:1-16
“Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest. .” (Hebrews 4:1-3a)
Faith in Jesus Christ for complete salvation brings us into what the writer of Hebrews says is ‘His rest’. Jesus Christ finished our salvation when He cried from the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) However, even this act was completed in God’s mind before the creation of the world. (Hebrews 4:3b) God rested along with creation on the seventh day, which God set aside as a day of rest. (Genesis 2:1-3) Man’s first full day on earth was to be this day of rest. Man was to rest in God’s finished provision and to worship and enjoy God’s fellowship as a child with a loving Father!
However, sin entered and man was lured into a dependency on his own abilities to know good and evil. He gave into Satan’s temptation to try and become like God in his own effort. The consequences were deadly! Man died because sin separated him from the relationship of rest in God’s complete provision. There is truly no rest for those outside of God’s grace. Eternal weeping and gnashing of teeth is the fate of those dying in their sins! (Revelation 20:15)
The writer of Hebrews warned the believers to be careful not to fall short of Christ’s rest. The children of Israel heard the call to enter into the promised land, but did not believe God for the ability to possess it. They died in the wilderness and never found the rest that was promised because of unbelief. Today is a new day for every believer. Each must choose to believe God and enter Christ’s rest. We must not fall short of His promised rest by unbelief! Rest fully in Christ’s finished work!