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Let God's Word shine light on your step today
as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
This is what the Scripture says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
(Heb. 3:15)
Devotional: The Believer's Rest
Apr. 20th

Heb 4:1-3 (NCV)

Now, since God has left us the promise that we may enter his rest,
let us be very careful so none of you will fail to enter. The Good News was preached
to us just as it was to them. But the teaching they heard did not help them,
because they heard it but did not accept it with faith. We who have believed are able
to enter and have God's rest.
As God has said, "I was angry and made a promise,
      'They will never enter my rest.'" — Psalm 95:11

Have you ever heard the saying "there is no rest for the weary?" My friend, when you have an unbelieving heart-- or a heart that is hardened to what God has told you, then know you will find no rest in your spirit. During our walk in faith, there will always come a time when our faith will be tested, and we have to decide-- are we going to believe God, or not. It isn't a question of do we believe there is a God but, are we going to believe Him for what He has said.

Whenever I read today's passage it always reminds me of a time when I asked God, "Am I on the right path? Is this a true path I am on?" And later that same night I realized I hadn't read my daily Bible (I had read other Scriptures from a devotional I was following at the time, but nothing from my daily Bible), so I got up and opened my Bible to the correct day's reading and this is what was waiting for me: My child, listen and accept what I say. Then you will have a long life. I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path. Nothing will hold you back; you will not be overwhelmed. Always remember what you have been taught, and don't let go of it. Keep all that you have learned; it is the most important thing in life. (Proverbs 4:10-13 NCV)

You see, when it came time for the children of Israel to cross the Jordan River (the 1st time) they had spent two years in the presence of God. He had done amazing things for them and had shown them that if there was ever a question of was He real or not-- the answer was YES, there is a God. After two years of walking across the desert, they had come to the understanding that YES, He was real. When the promise land was insight, and it was time to go over and take the land He said He would give them, the problem wasn't that they didn't believe IN HIM; the problem was they didn't BELIEVE HIM. And that makes for a world of difference.

When the Israelites came out of Egypt, God did not take them the shortest route possible to get them to the Jordan River, He took them the long way. Why, do you ask; because He needed time with them. The Children of Israel had four hundred years worth of mixed up thinking to come out of. They had layers of hurt and abuse they needed to be healed from. They had strength in number-- but they needed Spiritual strength that could only come from Him. So He led them the long way around and put them "in school" (so to speak). But when it was time to come out of the classroom-- and put into practice what He had taught them-- their faith fell to the ground. They might have heard Him, but they hadn't accepted what He had said to them. And for forty years they wandered in the desert and had no peace of mind, and they had no rest in their hearts.

My friend, when the new generation  came around-- God brought them back to the same place. He didn't take them up river and say, "Let's try a different spot because it didn't work last time." No, He brought them back to where they as a nation had stumbled and said, "Now lets try again." And when the people had crossed over the river and were getting ready for their first battle; the Lord spoke to Joshua and said, "Look, I have given it to you."  (See Joshua 6:2) God wanted Joshua to look past the circumstances and what in the natural it appeared to be, to instead see with the eyes of faith at what GOD SAID IT WAS. And because Joshua believed, he walked out in peace and had complete victory.When the walls came tumbling down, everyone knew that the LORD had fought on their behalf.

Something else our core passage reminds me of is Ezekiel 3:10
Also, he said to me, "Human, believe all the words I will speak to you, and listen carefully to them.
Then go to the captives, your own people, and say to them, 'The Lord God says this.'
Tell them this whether they listen or not."(NCV)

When God speaks something to you, my friend, believe it! Write it down and stand on it in faith! I have started doing this. I have a notebook for just when I KNOW God has spoken to me through His Word, a devotional, or sermon... whatever it may be, however God has shown me His Will on a matter-- I write it down so that later the enemy, or even my own doubts, cannot take them away from me. It has taken me a long time in learning to do this, mind you. But I have learned that if you don't write it down, then it is easy to forget what He has specifically said about a situation. I have learned that by doing so, I have more peace inside when storms hits and everything seems to be the contrary to what God has shown me.

My friend, God can be trusted! When He says, "GO to the other side" that is exactly what He means. In Mark 4:35, Jesus told His followers, "Let us go over to the other side." (NASB) But a massive storm hit and the disciples were afraid-- they thought they were going to drowned. But do you know where Jesus was? He was a sleep at the front of the boat. Do you know why? He believed God! Jesus knew that He had been given an assignment, so until it was completed, He knew some how He would make it through. And do you know what else? Jesus was resting! Do you know who He was resting in? He was resting in God. While every one around Him was focusing on the storm, Jesus was resting in God because He knew God would see Him through. His disciples, however, hadn't listened. They might have heard him, but they didn't believe. Jesus as said, "the other side" which meant they would not perish, no matter what the storm looked like!

What has God told you? What storms are you battling and going through? Do you have peace of heart? There really can be peace on the inside-- no matter what the outside may look like! Have you listened to God and believed by faith-- are you resting in God? A verse that has been very powerful to me lately is:

"The Lord your God is  in your midst, A  victorious warrior. He will  exult over you with joy,
He will  be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."
(Zeph 3:17 NASB)

Did you hear that? He will quiet you with His love, my friend, that is when you find you are resting in God. It is the place, that no matter where you are at, or what is going on around you--there is peace of mind, and a rest in your heart, because you are believing and trusting God.

Father God, I lift this reader up to you, and I pray that You will fill them with Your Holy Spirit, and they will find peace that can only come from you. Lord, I ask You to protect them, and strengthen them as they walk through storms with You. Lord, may they grow in You and find the rest that comes in knowing that You are faithful, mighty and true.
In Christ Jesus’ name,

My friend, have a wonderful day.