The Rest Of Faith
Hebrews 4:1-3, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest….” The rest that the writer of Hebrews is talking about is faith. Faith is taking God at His Word with no questions asked! Faith has three elements. They are believing in your heart, confessing with your mouth, and applying corresponding actions.
If we are not resting then we are not in faith. Fear and frustration are not faith. The devil is not a problem. Jesus defeated him for us. There are times, however, when our faith is attacked and we must fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12) and labor to enter that rest. (Hebrews 4:11) When we say, “it’s not working”, then we are really calling God a liar. We are saying, “Father, Your word is not true,” “I tried that and it’s not working.” This is an indication that the Word is not in the believer’s heart (mind) because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34). The next step for many Christians is to abandon God’s plan and go to plan B, C or D.
What corresponding actions are people taking after they have been ministered unto? Let’s take healing for example. The Word says that they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18). The problem is we don’t understand healing. Miracles are instant. Healing implies a process. They shall recover. They are recovering. The Word says you are healed. Now what do you say? You say what the word says and you act like it is so because it is so!
I want to make one more point. If all we do is come to an altar and get hands laid on us and never study the Word, confess the Word, worship and seek God, command that sickness to go and our body to line up on our own and apply corresponding actions then we are spiritual hitchhikers. There has to come a point when we lay hold of eternal life for ourselves. When we dig our feet in and start acting like the Word of God is so, then we have entered into the rest of faith.