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Believing Church

“For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Heb. 4:2)

God won’t move in unbelief! Therefore, we must activate faith in His Word, faith in His activity and faith in His prophetic purpose.

Don’t wait… Activate!

Jesus appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart (Mk. 16:14). He did this because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Unbelief and hardness of heart are at the center of ineffective ministry and powerless Christianity.

Without Belief there is no Faith! (Mk. 6:3-6)

According to God’s Word without faith, the Gospel will not profit you. After seeing His ministry in action; hearing His prophetic voice and experiencing three years of signs, wonders and miracles, the eleven apostles sat in unbelief and hardness of heart. Why? Because they found nothing inside of them to energize their vision! All they could see was their plight.

Activating Faith is a Choice to Believe Something!

The idea of belief must be taken seriously, because it is what engages our hearts to move in faith (Heb. 11:1). Though their Friend and Master had died, He had spoken of a plan in the midst of this moment (Jn. 14:3). Fear had them paralyzed! They were wanted by the authorities and scared for their lives; yet, they should have been able to step into the promises Jesus had left with them (Jn. 14:29). They needed to bring to their memory the words that encouraged them so many times before. But once again, we see them huddled around the table discussing their plight.

Hardness of Heart:

Suddenly Jesus appeared and rebuked them for their hardness of heart. And why? Because they needed to make a choice… they could have engaged their faith by believing what Jesus had said and seen God’s prophetic purpose. Hardness of heart is the inability to move on what you know!

Did you catch that… “Hardness of heart is the paralysis of analysis!”

The Capacity to See:

Believing awakens our capacity to see what Jesus sees. Instead of lecturing His disciples and beating them over the head with Scripture, Jesus calls them up higher. Its as if Jesus was telling them to just take the leap and obey… make the choice! His purpose of reaching the nations was about to become their lifelong quest (Mk. 16:15-16) and He needed them to break free from distractions. He needed them to awaken their capacity to see, and embrace what He could see. What could we see - if we were truly free from distractions?

If we would just lay aside our fears, our agendas and our desire to please one another, the world would feel the impact of an energized vision and Jesus would soon return for a glorious Believing Church.

Spiritual Rest

The key to finding spiritual rest is hidden in this Scripture:

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did (speaking of those wandering in the wilderness 40 years); but the word which they heard did not profit them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest…” (Heb 4:1-3)

Do you see it? Verses 2-3 make it clear… if we believe, then we can enter spiritual rest. If we believe? Is this for real, can He be talking about the same kind of believing that the preacher was speaking of last Sunday?

Is something missing?

Yes, that’s the point. Its not the same belief that so many are experiencing in the church today. Its a participation in the love only found in the Father’s heart! When we come to believe in Christ and truly trust in Him, something has to take place in the spirit realm. How can the most powerful love in the universe make such a small impact upon our tiny broken heart? Its like being hit by a Mack Truck at 200 miles an hour and getting up from the pavement with the thought… “Is that all you got?”

There has to be more… and there is!

We are undergoing a transformation of the heart. Christ begins to reveal to us the Father’s love, by preparing a place for us in His heart and ushering us into it by the Holy Spirit’s hand. Its this revelation that calms our restless wandering; it heals, renews and restores the orphan feelings of the past. We cease from our work and no longer live for the approval of others, because we see that we are accepted by the Father, in the Beloved (Eph 1:6).

Notice from the passage above, that the word being heard did not profit the hearers, because it was not mixed with faith. Here was a people who could not obey God; could not trust God, because they just could not get past the 400 years of bondage and human expectations. They were unable to feel like sons and daughters, because of their slave mentality. They had made bricks and made bricks, reached quotas and followed their masters. Now God was asking for them to trust in His love. It was too hard… tell us what we need to do? It required faith, something they had long given up on.

So… 3 suggestions ring forth from this passage that we must take to heart.

  1. Be Careful… spiritual rest must not be underestimated nor ignorantly missed simply because we find it difficult to receive love.
  2. Its the Same Gospel… spiritual rest is available to all who hear and obey its promise. “God so loved the world…” (Jn 3:16-17)
  3. Embrace the Father’s Love… spiritual rest is the resource that meets the need of the orphan heart.

Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go… I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:2-3)

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