A clarification on rest. If rest had meant simply the rest that the Isrealites had received when they finally entered the promised land with Joshua, then God would not have spoken about it after then as something to come. But He did and the rest that He spoke of is much grander than just rest from being weary, it is a promise of spending the rest of eternity in love with Him.
14. To spend the Rest of eternity in Heaven with God, also Resting in the assurance of being in Christ’s family
15. a. 4:2 Hear the message combine it with faith. 4: 11, remain obedient
b. (Personal) Yes, I have accepted Jesus as my personal savior so I have begun my eternal life with Him, however, I lose opportunities for rest in this world through my disobedience.
One of the men in our circle made a comment about the Sabbath rest that hit home to me. His comment was how he suffers when he decides that He knows better than God and decides to work on Sunday. The perspective was that since God is in control if He didn’t enable something to be completed up through Saturday night, then how arrogant and disobedient it is to decide that he must know better than God and work on it on Sunday. Maybe it isn’t supposed to be done until Monday. Maybe God has other plans. But through disobedience and a lack of trust we put ourselves above the the sovereign.
The word is alive and active and I have definitely felt the cut of the sword this week cutting into the areas that need to be pruned from my life.