Monday's Message of Hope

A Heavenly Rest!
Monday, September 13, 2021 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

When I wrote last week’s message of hope, I sensed in my spirit that God had more for us regarding rest. Today he led me to the passage in Hebrews regarding “the rest of the Lord,” and I discovered a wealth of revelation. Beginning with Hebrews 3:7 and finishing with Hebrews 4:11, the word rest is used eleven times. Ten of those uses come from the same Greek root word, meaning to repose, rest, settle down. But the one from verse 9 stems from a completely different origin:

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9, NKJV)

According to Strong’s, this rest means a repose of Christianity, a type of heaven. Think about that. A type of heaven remains for us. How do we even put into words the implications of what this actually means for you and me? I’m not sure I can. It’s too glorious for my mind to comprehend.

Still a question remains—How do we tap into this particular heaven that is specifically for believers? According to Hebrews, the Israelites did not enter the rest of the Lord because of unbelief, hardness of heart through deceitfulness of sin, and disobedience. We, then, need to do the opposite: Mix the Word that we hear with faith, don’t be deceived by sin, and walk in obedience.

Simple? Yes. Easy? Not so much. However, we are called to and our hearts’ desires are to walk and live in the Spirit. With Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, Jesus interceding on our behalf, and God delighting in impossibilities, I am humbled and in awe of this glorious gift from Father God. I intend to enter into the rest, the heaven that is designed just for us. I hope you join me.

Below are some questions to reflect and/or journal. Feel free to share your thoughts—I would love to hear from you.

  • What are your ideas of rest?
  • How do they line up with this understanding?
  • What steps can you take to enter this rest?

Have a restful week in the Lord!

Penelope Kaye

 

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