Embracing God’s Supreme Agenda – Resting and Partaking - Thursday, March 12th

Embracing God’s Supreme Agenda – Resting and Partaking - Thursday, March 12th

Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them. Exodus 16:19-20

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief …. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience …. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 3:13-16, 4:9-11, 14-16

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father …. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Colossians 3:17, 23-24

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The generation of Israel we have been looking at spent 40 years in the wilderness and died there never having entered the promised land of Israel. This land was God’s provision of rest for His people but they were not able to enter because of unbelief. If they had believed and God’s placing them in the land had taken place in the way He had outlined for them, they would have found rest from contending with enemies, rest from the difficult labor of gaining food, shelter, and other physical provision, rest from conflict among themselves, rest from contending with the evil ways of other nations, rest within their minds and hearts because of God’s presence in their midst as the people of God under His loving and watchful care. 

God’s people today need to make certain that they enter God’s rest. How do we do that today? We have been delivered from the penalty of sin through Christ (extracting). On this basis Christ comes to live in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. By partaking of Christ (personal communion and intimacy) and giving Him full operation within us and through us, we are on a promised land path (placing) whereby we rest from our works in favor of letting Him accomplish them for us. This is how God produces for Himself a people who truly live for Him and His kingdom. There is nothing this world has to offer that is more satisfying and fulfilling than a life so lived.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I get it but it’s hard to get there. I have so much more to learn about resting in you and letting you live in me and through me. Show me how to prayerfully come before you and commune with you intimately. I know that everything you have in mind for my life will wonderfully flow from this kind of relationship with you. Surely this is the promised land path you have for your people. How could I have ever valued anything life has to offer more than this. Amen!

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