Enter Into His Rest!

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Current news headlines reflect the turmoil happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eye on God, who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, then His blessings, victory, peace, and protection will surround you.

Satan spoke through Peter to try to stop Jesus from obeying God’s will. The enemy will speak through other people – even your closest friends and loved ones – to try and discourage you from following God’s will.

They’ll say things like …

  • “Are you sure God told you to do that?”
  • “Your situation looks hopeless; you might as well give up.”
  • “I don’t see how you will ever get out of debt.”

These voices will cause you to rebel and reject the voice of God.

God has given us a written record of the great miracles He has done on behalf of His people. We have seen and experienced His love, provision, and healing power. But when we face circumstances in our lives that require us to act in obedience to God’s Word, our hearts become filled with unbelief, just like the children of Israel, and many Christians today.

Paul instructs us in Hebrews:

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God …“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:12, 15-19, NIV

The word rest referred to by Paul here is not referring simply to a place of physical rest from all our labors; it is referring to a supernatural, spiritual dimension of rest. It is a place of peace and security – freedom from fear, worry, and stress – even in the midst of great adversity and troubling news. It is a place of blessing and provision, a place of power and victory over our enemies, a place of joy and contentment, and a place where we have ceased from our striving to walk in our own strength and are walking in God’s strength.

Do not be moved by the headlines trending in the news or by your own personal circumstances. Choose to enter into His rest today.

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I will enter into God’s rest today. I will experience peace and security. I will be free from fear, worry, and stress despite the circumstances around me.”

Scripture Reading:

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28 Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 16:24-28

Don’t Hesitate To Obey!

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Current news headlines reflect the turmoil happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eye on God, who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, then His blessings, victory, peace, and protection will surround you.

God had proven His faithfulness to Israel through mighty signs and wonders greater than anything the world had ever known. He had delivered them out of the land of their enemies. He had revealed Himself to them in lightning, fire and smoke on top of Mount Sinai. He had spoken to them in an audible voice. Yet, poised at the border of the Promised Land, at the crucial point of their spiritual destiny, they forgot God. They forgot the miracles. They forgot His promises.

Instead of listening to the voice of God, they listened to the voice of unbelief. They focused their eyes upon the giants and their own inabilities instead of looking to God and His power to deliver them. Their unbelief was the root cause of their disobedience.

When God speaks to you, one of the first things Satan will do is create confusion, fear, and unbelief through other voices. There have been many times in my personal life when God has spoken to me giving me specific direction. Often, shortly after, Satan would begin to speak through other voices to try and confuse me and get me off God’s course for my life.

  • “Are you sure about the timing on this?”
  • “It’s too dangerous to go into that country right now.”
  • “There just aren’t enough funds to do that.”
  • “Do you think the people will respond to this need?”

There also have been voices that have tried to convince me to compromise what God has directed me to do. I have learned to stay still before God until I hear His voice. Then, once I know that God has spoken to me, I shut out all the other voices, regardless of whose they are, and I choose to obey God.

Satan’s strategy is to cause you to rebel and disobey God. God may speak to you and direct you to move out into some type of ministry. God may direct you to do something that you feel is beyond your ability. He may direct you to a particular Scripture and ask you to step out in faith and act on it. If you hesitate to obey God, you will give Satan an opportunity to speak through other voices and cause you to disobey God.

Don’t hesitate – just listen and obey God.

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I rebuke the voices of fear and unbelief that are causing confu¬sion in my life. I will tune out all other voices except the voice of God.”

Scripture Reading:

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Hebrews 3:12

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Joshua 1:8

What Voice Will You Hear?

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Current news headlines reflect the ungodly atrocities happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eye on God, Who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, then His blessings, victory, peace, and protection will surround you.

Moses sent twelve of the leaders of the tribes of Israel to explore the Promised Land. After exploring for forty days, they returned. The entire congregation was anxiously waiting to hear what these twelve leaders had to say. They told Moses, . . . We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it (Numbers 13:27).

Can you imagine the excitement building among the congregation as these twelve leaders showed them the fruit they had brought back from the land? Just as God promised, the land was rich and fertile. They brought back pomegranates and figs from the trees, and a single cluster of grapes that was so large it took two men to carry it on a pole between them. At last, their waiting was over! Soon they would be enjoying the fruit of the land and the blessings God had promised them!

The leaders continued, Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there (Numbers 13:28).

Caleb encouraged the people and said . . . Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it (Numbers 13:30). The remaining ten leaders said, . . . We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we (Numbers 13:31). They began to spread a negative report that the land was full of giants and that it was a land that devours its inhabitants.

At this point, the people had heard three voices:

  • The voice of God
  • The voice of faith
  • The voice of unbelief

God had spoken to them through Moses. He had promised to give them this land. He had promised to drive out their enemies before them. He had told them to go in and take possession of the land. No further discussion or consideration was necessary. All that was necessary was for them to hear the voice of God, and in simple faith, obey.

They heard the voice of faith. Caleb had said, “We are well able to overcome it.” He and Joshua pleaded with the people not to rebel against God (Numbers 14:7-9).

They also heard the voice of unbelief. The remaining ten leaders had said, “We are not able.” God’s people had a choice to listen to the voice of God and the voice of faith and obey, or to listen to the voice of unbelief and rebel against God.

Which voice will you listen to?

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I will not listen to the voice of unbelief. I will listen only to the voice of God and act in faith upon what He says.”

Scripture Reading:

. . . We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

Numbers 13:27

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodus 13:21-23

. . . Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 13:30

Your Destiny Is In Your Hands!

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Current news headlines reflect the ungodly atrocities happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eye on God who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the Cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, His blessings, victory, peace, and protection will surround you.

Today, God has brought His people to a new point in spiritual destiny. He has positioned you for VICTORY. He has DELIVERED US out of bondage, SET US FREE, and GIVEN US POWER OVER SIN!

God has entered into an everlasting covenant with you and me; He has given us covenant promises that provide for all our needs. He has joined Himself to us as one and has given us His glory. He has pledged Himself to be our God, to protect, prosper, and set us apart from the nations of the Earth. He has sent His Spirit to live within us, giving us the power to obey Him. He has equipped us with the powerful weapons of spiritual warfare to defeat the enemy.

Our bondage to sin is behind us! Before us lies a new spiritual territory that God has planned for us, so we can live in a cycle of continual victory where we …

  • Take possession of our spiritual inheritance and are partaking in His covenant promises.
  • Are fully equipped to exercise power and authority over Satan.
  • Are pressing forward, growing up into the full stature of Jesus Christ.

Our spiritual destiny is in our hands. God has set a new spiritual territory and is saying, “Go up and possess your spiritual inheritance!” We have a choice—to obey God, and by faith, take full possession of our spiritual inheritance, and enter this new spiritual territory—or to rebel and disobey God.

Those who enter this new spiritual territory, who are going to be greatly used of God, are those who are walking in one hundred percent obedience to Him. Do not be deceived, for God will not pour out His power and glory upon those who are walking in disobedient rebellion to Him and His Word.

Satan’s objective is to deceive you and lead you into rebellion against God and His Word so that you will not be able to take full possession of your spiritual inheritance and enter the powerful spiritual dimension God has planned for you. Your spiritual destiny is in your own hands!

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I am leaving behind the bondage of sin, the world, and the flesh. I am looking forward to a new spiritual dimension God has planned for me where I can live in a cycle of continual victory!”

Scripture Reading:

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place …

Exodus 13:3

And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land … flowing with milk and honey …

Exodus 13:5

But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

Exodus 13:18

What Is Your Choice?

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Approximately sixteen months after God delivered Israel out of Egyptian bondage, He brought them to the border of the Promised Land. From their campsite, the Israelites could see the sun rising before them above the hills of their inheritance.

Can you imagine the excitement and joy that filled the hearts and minds of Moses and the people as they gazed toward the land of Canaan? Behind them were four hundred and thirty years of their sojourn in Egypt – the pain and sorrow, the cruel taskmasters, the bondage, mental anguish, discouragement, and defeat.

Before them, within a few days’ journey, was the land of promise. Before them were all the blessings of the covenant – health, prosperity, daily provision, protection, everything they needed. Before them was the promised rest, peace, and safety from their enemies.

The Promised Land and all the covenant promises were their inheritance. Legally the land and promises belonged to them, but having the promises was not the same as taking possession of them. There was a condition and all the promises God made to Israel were based upon the fulfillment of that one condition.

God had told them:

Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God].

Exodus 19:5-6, AMP

God directed them to take possession of the land. Moses told them:

Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged

Deuteronomy 1:21

Their destiny was in their hands. They had a choice—to not be afraid to obey God and possess the land of their inheritance or to disobey God and forfeit it all. The Promised Land and all the covenant promises for your inheritance are accessible to you right now through God. Just like the Israelites, you have a similar choice. What will you choose to do? Will you be moved by what’s trending in the news or will you choose to trust that God is with you & seize your inheritance.

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I will obey God’s voice and take possession of my inheritance!”

Scripture Reading:

But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

Exodus 23:22

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Exodus 23:25

A Point of Spiritual Destiny

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The nation of Israel was at its greatest point of spiritual destiny. The decision they were to make that day would decide the fate of the entire nation. God had brought them to the land He had promised as an inheritance and commanded them to take possession of it.

When God led Israel into the Promised Land, He had already positioned them for victory (Numbers 13). He delivered them out of Egyptian bondage through miracles, signs, and wonders greater than any the world had ever known. He opened up the Red Sea and they marched across on dry land (Exodus 14:21-22). He miraculously led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21-22).

He fed them manna from heaven (Exodus 16:4, 15). He caused water to gush forth from the rock at Rephidim in Mount Horeb (Exodus 17:5-6). He gave them a great victory over their enemies, the Amalekites (Exodus 17:9-13). The great I Am – God Almighty – had descended out of heaven and manifested Himself on Mount Sinai in flaming fire and billowing smoke.

They heard the great trumpet of God blasting across the plains, summoning them to meet with Him. They saw His glory. They heard Him speak in an audible voice. There on Mount Sinai, God joined Himself together with them in a blood-covenant relationship. They were bound together as one. God pledged Himself to be their God—to protect them, to prosper them, and to set them apart from the nations of the earth. Their enemies were His enemies. All that He had belonged to them.

He promised to bring them “to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey” – a land of plenty (Exodus 3:8, NKJV). He sent the Angel of the covenant, the pre-incarnate Son of God, before them to lead, instruct, protect, guide them, and to drive out their enemies (Exodus 23:20-23). They were positioned for victory.

Pause today and think of all the things God has done for you in the past. Think of all the victories you have won and the prayers that have been answered. Today, you are at the border of a new land – a new day, a new vision, a new ministry, a new step of faith. God has positioned you for victory!

Say this week’s faith declaration out loud:  “Lord, I am ready to enter into my spiritual destiny. Thank you for your promise to go before me, leading, instructing, protecting, and guiding me.”

Scripture Reading:

And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey . . .

Exodus 3:8.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33.

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We are living in a time where fear is running rampant and consumes the thoughts and hearts of God’s people.  But no matter what’s trending in the news, there is absolutely nothing Satan can bring into your life that can destroy you—nothing!  There is no weapon, no strategy that he can devise against you that is powerful enough to defeat you—not one!

Satan’s objective is to destroy everything you have—your home, your family, your health, your finances, your career, your ministry—everything!  His strategy is to use your circumstances to defeat you.  He will create havoc in the circumstances of your life, bringing affliction and disease upon your body, attacking your children and loved ones, causing strife in your marriage, binding your finances, and creating problems on your job.

Satan will grab hold of your mind in a vice, by bringing fear, worry and doubt, and try to keep your mind in a constant state of turmoil.  Using your circumstances, Satan will try to wear you down physically, mentally, and spiritually until you are so discouraged and depressed that you are ready to throw your hands up in defeat.

Satan will relentlessly attack you through your circumstances until you become too tired to fight and resist his attacks, until you are caught in a vicious cycle that paralyzes and hinders you from releasing your faith and walking in the victory that God has provided for you.

But no matter what circumstances you face, God has promised you the victory!

BEHOLD, THE LORD GOD WILL COME WITH STRONG HAND, AND HIS ARM SHALL RULE FOR HIM: BEHOLD, HIS REWARD IS WITH HIM, AND HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.

Isaiah 40:10 (KJV)

Say this week’s faith declaration out loud:  “God has promised me victory in every circumstance.  He has planned no defeats for me.”

Scripture Reading:

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:2 (KJV)