Fight from Rest

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“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.”

Hebrews 4:1

Rest is the realm of God. Rest is violence to darkness. The only place where the Lord tells His people to fear is fear that we do not enter His rest.

Are you at rest today? Are you present? Or are you anxiously thinking ahead, worrying about the future, consumed by ‘destination disease’ (“One day I will be happy when . . .”) or regretfully chewing on past mistakes? So many people are restless, unable to be present with people or present with the Lord. The Lord has rest for us.

When we hear the gospel, the word of God, we must mix it with faith, stand on it.

“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest . . . the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

(Hebrews 4:2-3)

How do you enter rest? Believe! Say to your situation, I choose to believe the invisible, not the visible, I believe that God’s works for my life have been finished, I believe the “it is finished” of Calvary, that I am enough, flawless, in perfect relationship with God, through Jesus’ finished work, in spite of my performance. I am the righteousness of God in Christ.

Feasting on truth, right believing, coming into trust and rest, is real warfare. When you feast on God’s word you fight. Why? Because faith comes from feasting and faith is our victory. This is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.

“Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?”

(1 John 5:4-5)

He prepares a table (of feasting) before us in the presence of our enemies. Faith is what destroys Satan. “Only believe”. You fight by not fighting. You fight by rest. Rest, through trust, is holy terrorism. Orphans strive and they must maintain, sons inherit. The deepest manifestation of sonship is rest, through trust.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

(1 Samuel 17:45)

David recognised that Goliath came with the visible, but that God’s people must come with the invisible. Goliath came with the temporal, the limited, David came with the eternal, the omnipotent. That alone was his victory.

“Fight the good fight of faith, saints!” (1 Timothy 6:12)

Here are five words of happy grace for you today: “The battle is the Lord’s.”

Extract from ‘Firebrand - Devotions from a Life of Burning’ by Dominic Muir

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