The Faith Dimension

“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? Do you see the faith dimension? The above verses make it clear… If we believe, then we can enter spiritual rest!

If we Believe?

Yes, that’s the point. Its not the same religious stuff 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 heart of a person. 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?”

The Disconnect:

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 all of those 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.

There has to be more… and there is!

Entering into rest, is not a new concept – but it requires us to surrender our slave mentality. No more bricks, quotas or masters… God has done all the work. We are undergoing a renewal of the mind, a transformation… where faith emerges from the experience in God’s love. It was the Apostle Paul who told us that all that mattered was “faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6). Christ reveals the Father’s love by showing us mercy at the cross, preparing a place for us in His heart and ushering us in by the Holy Spirit. We are a people walking in fellowship with the Father’s love… experiencing mercy, forgiveness and glory. Its this revelation that calms our restless wandering; it heals, renews and restores the orphan feelings of the past (Jn. 14:18). We cease from our work and no longer live for the approval of others, breaking the slave mentality and freeing us to believe the truth. The faith dimension is opened by supernatural love, because we see that we are accepted by the Father, in the Beloved Son – Jesus (Eph. 1:6).

So… 3 suggestions 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.

The Promise Still Remains: 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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