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Daily Bread 6-26-17
June 26, 2017
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
An eternal rest that we all see after but do we understand what this scripture actually means? We have heard that if we are in God's will in Jesus Christ that we can achieve what God has called us to do, this is correct. But are we still struggling when it comes to remaining in God's will? This rest that he speaks of is an eternal rest and it looks like we will spend our lives on this earth preparing for it. This is what we must set s a goal to achieve. Serving God so willingly and obediently that it becomes completely easy. But let us look at this a little downsized today. When does something become work? When we don't love what we do, right? The saying, "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life" rings very true. So what makes it hard to serve God? It is also when we do not love what we are doing. We have not been transformed completely and there is something that does not agree with what God commands or requires of us. We go about forcing ourselves to act like Christians, we work for the Church unwillingly, we take communion undeservingly, when inside we are not in agreement or in qualification to do any of it, and suddenly it becomes work to serve God. Why? Because we are trying to do it with our own works. You see, we can go through all of the motions of singing, dancing, worshipping, attending Church, working for the Church, even praying, but if our hearts are not in line with the Gospel, we are not going to enter into what is called, "An easy time to serve the Lord." No carnal man said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." No, that was Jesus Christ. When we believe in all of his commands and advice for daily living we will also be obedient to it. When we are obedient to it, we will realize a detachment from the world. What used to be so important to us no longer is that important. Opinions and judgments of carnal men that used to drive our every action no longer affect us. It has become easy to serve God, and peaceful. A sort of earnest...wait a minute....earnest? Doesn't the word of God say that our earnest taste of heaven is the Holy Ghost? It is when we are completely willing to serve God, not through Moses or not through Aaron, or Joshua, or Isaiah, or any other but Jesus Christ, we will get a taste of what rest really is. We will receive the Holy Ghost. Our rest is when we let someone else do the deciding, and let someone else do the fighting, and let someone else do the correcting. We look around for someone to explain deeper and more clearly what God's will is and the Word of God is right before our eyes. We needn't look elsewhere, it is in the Bible. Seems too easy because false prophets have made it hard so that their service seems necessary. But a true prophet(minister) will direct us right in to the word of God. So, today, let's get a taste of what that rest is by striving to enter into complete agreement of what Christ commands and instructs us to do and to be. When we are exposed or when something new is revealed to us, let us first examine if it is the word of God. If it is not, then we can assume that it is not for us as we are followers of Christ and not mens ideas or wives fables. Mens ideas and wives fables belong in a pail of dung and not in our hearts. If it is from the word of Gdo, let us pray that God will print this word in our hearts and on our foreheads(in our minds). If he puts it in us, then it is there to stay. This, my Brothers and Sisters, is when we will just feel a touch of this rest. Only they who endure to the end will enter this rest for eternity!!