So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-restreserved for the [true] people of God;
For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. Hebrews 4:9-10 AMP
Which is better for you – sleep or God’s Rest?
Could it be possible that resting in the Lord is better for your health than sleep?
When your soul is in God’s Rest, there is less stress. When your emotions are filled with anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, condemnation, fear, regret, feelings of unworthiness and shame it is hard to rest. You might sleep to escape but it is not a restful sleep. It is an anxious sleep.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19
Which is more important – sleep or entering into the rest of the Lord and entering into HIS Holy Place? You can rest by trusting in the Lord that HE has redeemed you. You can enter into HIS Presence because of the blood of Jesus Christ. HIS sacrifice is Eternal; it is a once-and-for-all forever Sacrifice for your sins of the past, present and the future. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus’ atoning sacrifice; there is no shame, regret, wrath or unworthiness. You are able to enter into God’s Presence by what Jesus Christ did. You can now rest and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. You don’t need to worry about your past or future.
The Joy of the Lord is your God Rest, not your self-effort.
You are entering into a God Rest. This is a rest which is a compete washing, cleansing and renewal which is spotless, redeemed, forgiven, sanctified, and filled with no guilt or shame worthy to receive all God has for you. You do not deserve this rest but God loved you so much HE gave HIS son as a sacrifice for you to have this God Rest. You are HIS Blessed child. HE loves you unconditionally and receives you spotless and righteous. Holy God receives you as HOLY because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, not because of your works. You can rest from your trying to work to get to God. Jesus Christ has worked out your salvation, redemption and sanctification already. You are made righteous.
This is almost too good to be true “Good News.” This is so simple it is hard to grasp, that a Holy God would allow me to enter HIS presence and REST.
When the Joy of the Lord is your strength, you can rest and delight in God’s Love, Forgiveness and Salvation. This is truly your strength, joy and Sabbath God Rest.
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