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ITS NOT SOMETHING YOU ACHIEVE

BUT SOMETHING YOU RECEIVE 

FEBRUARY 1, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: LAMENTATIONS 3:22-26 (KJV) 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LAMENTATIONS 3:26 (KJV) 

   It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.  

INTRO: There are people who never seem to be concerned with seeking any other purpose in life than pleasing themselves. 

   There are many people who are struggling with questions about who they are and why there are here? 

ILL. The box girl at Safeway, “I searching for myself”. 

   To find who we are and why we are here, we must start with God. 

   God creates us all, and we are created for His purpose. 

   “You were made by God and for God – and until you understand that, life will never make sense.” 

   We must understand that God made us the way we are, allowed us to go through the things we have gone through, for His divine purpose. 

   God created us for the purpose of loving us, that we in return might love Him. 

   1 JOHN 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.  

   God created us to have a personal relationship with us, but because of our sin, our relationship with God has been broken. 

   Because God loves us, He has provided a way that the sin problem can be taken care of. 

   We in Western society have a difficult time with accepting something that we have not earned or achieved by some personal effort. 

   But all the gifts of God are received not by doing anything on our part but by accepted what God has done for us. 

   Those who believe that they must earn the gifts and blessing of God will never experience the joy of possessing them. 

I.  LOVE 

NOTE: People often think that they must earn God’s love. 

DEUTERONOMY 7:6-8 (NLT) For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.  "The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations!  It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such amazing power from your slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt.  

   Jesus died for the unlovable. 

ROMANS 5:6-8 (NLT) When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good.   But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  

EPHESIANS 2:4-5 (NLT) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!)  

   He loved us so much He made us part of His family. 

1 JOHN 3:1-2 (NLT) See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children.  Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.  

II.  SALVATION 

NOTE: This is the second thing that people often believe that they must earn. 

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  

EPHESIANS 2:8-9 (NLT) God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  

NOTE: There are those who would seek to teach that we must do certain things in order to be saved, but God’s Word says different. 

MATTHEW 23:2, 4 (NLT) The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the Scriptures… They crush you with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to help ease the burden.  

ACTS 15:10-11 (NLT) Why are you now questioning God's way by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear?  We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the special favor of the Lord Jesus."  

   God has provided His Salvation free to any and all who will accept it. 

ROMANS 5:15 (NLT) And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift.  

ROMANS 11:6 (NLT) And if they are saved by God's kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God's wonderful kindness would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.  

III.  MERCY 

NOTE: Even after we have accepted God’s Love and Salvation we sometimes have need of His mercy. 

LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 (KJV) It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  

PSALM 103:17 (KJV) But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;  

NOTE: God looks into the heart and see our struggle and His mercy is freely given every time we sincerely seek it. 

JOEL 2:13 (NLT) Don't tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts." Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you.  

MICAH 7:18 (NLT) Where is another God like you, who pardons the sins of the survivors among his people? You cannot stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing mercy.  

TITUS 3:5 (NLT) He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.  

CONCLUSION: What we must always remember, God created us for His Divine purpose and He loves us.   

   We cannot achieve His blessings by anything we do, we can only accept His free gifts.

THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE; Rick Warren: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pg. 18


WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?”

FEBRUARY 8 & 15, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 3:7-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 3:13-14  

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  

INTRO:  Each one of use has something that motivates. 

   It is what motivates us that cause us to go forward or to hold back. 

   There are people who have great talent but because they lack the proper motivation they fail to reach their full potential. 

   We see this so often in: 

v      School

v      Sports

v      Work

v      Business 

   We also see this in Christianity both in individuals and in churches. 

   Those who are motivated to be like Christ and to do His will will grow spiritually and the church will also grow numerically.  

   Those who motivation is not to be like Christ or they fail to seek His will will always struggle in their spiritual walk. 

   There are many things that can motivate so that we will never be the Christian or church that God wants us to be but I only want to like at two. 

I.  WRONG KIND OF MOTIVES 

NOTE: It is these kinds of motives that lead us away from fulfilling the purpose God has for us. 

   A.  FEAR. 

v      Of the past (the known) 

NOTE: “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

                                                               i.      Past sins

                                                             ii.      Past failures

                                                           iii.      Experiences

                                                            iv.      Relationships 

v      Future (the unknown)

                                                               i.      New ideas

                                                             ii.      New methods

                                                           iii.      New projects 

v      Failure 

NOTE: “Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be.” 

MATTHEW 25:14-30 The man who buried his talent. 

NOTE: The fear of failure is born in the heart of unbelief. 

ILL: The Story of the Tiny Frogs. 

v      Rejection 

NOTE: The fear of rejection will freeze us into inactivity. 

   God has given each of us spiritual gifts that we are to use for Him but if we are motivated by fear of rejection we will be afraid to use these gifts. 

                                                               i.      Efforts

                                                             ii.      Ideas 

   B.  MATERIALISM. 

HAGGAI 1:5-9 (GW) Now, this is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!  You planted a lot, but you harvested little. You eat, but you're never full. You drink, but you're still thirsty. You wear clothing, but you never have enough to keep you warm. You spend money as fast as you earn it.   This is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!  "Go to the mountains, get lumber, and build the house. I will be pleased with it, and I will be honored," declares the Lord.   "You expected a lot, but you received a little. When you bring something home, I blow it away. Why?" declares the Lord of Armies. "It's because my house lies in ruins while each of you is busy working on your own house.  

NOTE: Haggai was talking about the rebuilding of the Temple; we are the spiritual Temple of God and we are spending too much caring for our natural man instead of caring for our spiritual man. 

MARK 4:18-19 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  

ILL: The Rich Young Ruler 

MARK 10:17-22 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.  

NOTE: We must chose, which will be first in our lives, things of this world or the things of eternity. 

LUKE 12:16-21, 36 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God…But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  

II.  THE RIGHT KIND OF MOTIVES. 

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.  

NOTE:  These motives will draw us closer to God and enable us to fulfill His purpose in our lives. 

   A.  GRATITUDE. 

NOTE: When we allow materialism to be our motivation we can only see the things we don’t have, when we allow gratitude to be our motivation we see the things that we do have. 

DEUTERONOMY 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.  

   Jesus suffered so much for us to attain our salvation how can we not be filled with gratitude for all He has done. 

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.  

   B.  LOVE 

NOTE: Love is the most powerful motivation. 

   It will overcome fear or personal satisfaction. 

   When you love someone you long to please them, when you love yourself more, you seek to please yourself. 

v      Love for God 

MATTHEW 22:37-38 Jesus answered him, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and most important commandment.  

NOTE: Everything we do for God should be motivated by our love for Him. 

   True love for God will produce obedience in our lives. 

   “How Can I Help But Love Him” 

v      Compassion for others 

MATTHEW 22:39-40 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.   On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  

NOTE:  Compassion was the motivation that drove Jesus. 

MARK 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.  

   We must be motivated by the need of those around us to know the love of Jesus Christ. 

CONCLUSION:  “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true – I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have.”

v      Abraham Lincoln

THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE: Rick Warren; Zondervan Publishing, pg 28

Ibid. Pg 29

 


THE RIGHTEOUS’ REST IS IN JESUS CHRIST

February 22, 2003 

SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 4:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 4:11  

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  

INTRO:  We all become weary at times and need physical rest. 

   Rest allows us to regroup our strength and to see things in a different light. 

   When we are at rest we have ceased from our labors and are allowing our bodies to relax. 

   As our bodies need physical rest, so our souls need spiritual rest. 

   If we fail to rest our physical bodies they will begin to break down, the same will happen with our spiritual bodies. 

   Jesus invites us to come to Him to find this rest. 

MATTHEW 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

   We often only think of our spiritual rest as the rest we will receive in eternity, but God offers us spiritual rest today. 

   But like the Children of Israel, many refuse to enter into the rest we have in Jesus. 

   Have you ever watched a mother try to get a tired child to rest? 

ISAIAH 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.  

   The same thing that kept the Children of Israel out of the Promise Land, is the same thing that keep us today from enjoying the rest that Jesus offers to us. 

HEBREWS 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  

God power and provision is only limited by our faith or lack of faith. 

Those who fail to believe in a miracle working God will never experience a miracle from God. 

I.  HOW DO WE EXPERIENCE THIS REST? 

NOTE:  It says,  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

   This tells me two things: 

v      We must make a conscience effort. 

   Too many people are unwilling to pay the price of full surrender to Christ. 

LUKE 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  

NOTE: Jesus had done all the work of Salvation for us, the work that we must do is the yielding of our will to Him and His will. 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  

v      It requires faith & obedience. 

NOTE:  The Children of Israel were kept out of the Promise Land because of their disobedience, which was cause, by their lack of faith. 

Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:  

A.  OUR REST IS IN GOD. 

2 CHRONICLES 14:11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  

NOTE:  It is when we allow God to have complete control of our lives that we are able to enter into His rest. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

II.  THERE IS THE FINAL REST. 

NOTE: There will come the day when we enter into our final rest. 

A.  REST FROM OUR LABORS 

REVELATION 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  

                B.  IT WILL BE BEYOND OUR GREATEST EXPECTATIONS. 

ISAIAH 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.  

1 CorINTHIANS 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  

ISAIAH 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

THE RIGHTEOUS’ REST IS IN JESUS CHRIST: PART 2

 February 29, 2003

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 55:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 55:6, 8 

   And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest… I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.  

INTRO:  If you have ever studied the life of David you would see that he was a man much like us. 

   He had his high spots and his low times. 

   In this psalm, it may have been during the time of his fleeing from Absalom, David cries out to God to provide him a place of safety and rest from his troubles. 

   We, in our Christian walk, faces times when we need to find spiritual rest for our souls. 

   If we fail to rest our physical bodies they will begin to break down, the same will happen with our spiritual bodies. 

   We, like David, need to go to God and find a place of rest for our weary souls. 

   The rest for our souls is not found in this world but in Jesus Christ. 

MATTHEW 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

I.  WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESTS GOD OFFERS US IN JESUS? 

A.  THE REST OF GOD’S PRESENCE. 

EXODUS 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  

NOTE:  When we allow God to direct our lives we can rest in His Grace. 

JOB 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  

   Even in the midst of testing and trials we can rest in God’s presence.  

B.  REST FROM OUR ENEMIES. 

NOTE:  This is referring to sin.  The great enemy of our soul is the devil and when we accept God’s grace He gives us rest from Satan and the power of sin. 

DEUTERONOMY 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;  

DEUTERONOMY 25:19 Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it…  

NOTE:  God did not say that we would not face spiritual battles, but He did say that He would give us the victory and rest when we needed it. 

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.  

C.  REST FROM DESPAIR.  

NOTE: It is easy to fall into the pit of despair and hopelessness as we consider or circumstances, what we need to do is to turn our eyes back on Jesus. 

PSALM 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  

NOTE:  When we rest in Jesus, He turns our despair into joy. 

PSALM 30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  

D.  REST FROM ADVERSITY 

PSALM 94:13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.  

NOTE: Although we face adversity in our Christian life, God has set a limit on how far Satan can go. 

Psalm 91:1-7 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.  

NOTE:  God never promised us that we would be free from trouble but He is promise that He would provide a hiding place where we could rest in Him. 

E.  REST FROM SORROW 

ISAIAH 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,  

NOTE:  The sorrow and fear of death has been taken away. 

1 Corithians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

   The greatest sorrow that should be in a Christian’s heart today should be for lost souls. 

Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

II.  HOW DO WE EXPERIENCE THIS REST? 

NOTE:  It says,  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

   This tells me two things: 

v      We must make a conscience effort. 

   Too many people are unwilling to pay the price of full surrender to Christ. 

LUKE 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  

NOTE: Jesus had done all the work of Salvation for us, the work that we must do is the yielding of our will to Him and His will. 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  

v      It requires faith & obedience. 

NOTE:  The Children of Israel were kept out of the Promise Land because of their disobedience, which was cause, by their lack of faith. 

Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:  

A.  OUR REST IS IN GOD. 

2 CHRONICLES 14:11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  

NOTE:  It is when we allow God to have complete control of our lives that we are able to enter into His rest. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

 THE RIGHTEOUS’ REST IS IN JESUS CHRIST: PART 2

 February 29, 2003

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 55:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 55:6, 8 

   And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest… I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.  

INTRO:  If you have ever studied the life of David you would see that he was a man much like us. 

   He had his high spots and his low times. 

   In this psalm, it may have been during the time of his fleeing from Absalom, David cries out to God to provide him a place of safety and rest from his troubles. 

   We, in our Christian walk, faces times when we need to find spiritual rest for our souls. 

   If we fail to rest our physical bodies they will begin to break down, the same will happen with our spiritual bodies. 

   We, like David, need to go to God and find a place of rest for our weary souls. 

   The rest for our souls is not found in this world but in Jesus Christ. 

MATTHEW 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

I.  WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESTS GOD OFFERS US IN JESUS? 

A.  THE REST OF GOD’S PRESENCE. 

EXODUS 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  

NOTE:  When we allow God to direct our lives we can rest in His Grace. 

JOB 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  

   Even in the midst of testing and trials we can rest in God’s presence.  

B.  REST FROM OUR ENEMIES. 

NOTE:  This is referring to sin.  The great enemy of our soul is the devil and when we accept God’s grace He gives us rest from Satan and the power of sin. 

DEUTERONOMY 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;  

DEUTERONOMY 25:19 Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it…  

NOTE:  God did not say that we would not face spiritual battles, but He did say that He would give us the victory and rest when we needed it. 

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.  

C.  REST FROM DESPAIR.  

NOTE: It is easy to fall into the pit of despair and hopelessness as we consider or circumstances, what we need to do is to turn our eyes back on Jesus. 

PSALM 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  

NOTE:  When we rest in Jesus, He turns our despair into joy. 

PSALM 30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  

D.  REST FROM ADVERSITY 

PSALM 94:13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.  

NOTE: Although we face adversity in our Christian life, God has set a limit on how far Satan can go. 

Psalm 91:1-7 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.  

NOTE:  God never promised us that we would be free from trouble but He is promise that He would provide a hiding place where we could rest in Him. 

E.  REST FROM SORROW 

ISAIAH 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,  

NOTE:  The sorrow and fear of death has been taken away. 

1 Corithians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

   The greatest sorrow that should be in a Christian’s heart today should be for lost souls. 

Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

II.  HOW DO WE EXPERIENCE THIS REST? 

NOTE:  It says,  “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

   This tells me two things: 

v      We must make a conscience effort. 

   Too many people are unwilling to pay the price of full surrender to Christ. 

LUKE 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  

NOTE: Jesus had done all the work of Salvation for us, the work that we must do is the yielding of our will to Him and His will. 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  

v      It requires faith & obedience. 

NOTE:  The Children of Israel were kept out of the Promise Land because of their disobedience, which was cause, by their lack of faith. 

Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:  

A.  OUR REST IS IN GOD. 

2 CHRONICLES 14:11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  

NOTE:  It is when we allow God to have complete control of our lives that we are able to enter into His rest. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

 

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