Faith Produces Rest
- Date: January 25, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews Hebrews 4:3)
- From Great Faith
What are we doing in this hour to make our faith stronger, to come to the place of great faith? How many of us are hungering for greater faith, really? Or are we satisfied just cruising by, on this highway of abundance in America, naming the name of Jesus, giving Jesus word, lip service, and saying, "Oh, the Lord has blessed me. Oh, we're trusting God. Oh, we're-" and it's not mixed with faith?
"For we which have believed do enter into rest…" (Hebrews 4:3). See, we're back to the season of hard times of a few years back. So here we are again, and everybody's doing the same thing that put us in the mess then financially as a nation. But do you remember-was it like 2009? Is that when everybody got scared? When was it that everybody was panicking? 2008, 2009, something like that? How many of you saw Christians panicking? I read an article recently by Dave Wilkerson, and he was talking about some letters that he had received from Christians, and they were mad at him because he wouldn't tell them how to prepare for the crisis. Now, Dave in his book prophesied the adverse times that were going to come, and many people believed that that was the fulfillment of it. So there was a panic, and people were writing him, and there were actually some of the Christians giving him the riot act. What they were wanting was him to tell them what moves to make to secure their real estate and their investments. Well, let me tell you something. That's not a question you ought to be asking preachers. As a fellowship, we may have been a little less frightened by this. And we have dodged bullets with Greece and Italy and some of these different things. But. it's all a house of cards, beloved. Now, for most of us in here, it's going to have to come down for us to believe it, and the reason I'm taking all this time is so that we would be prepared when it does.
But what are we doing when the Scripture says that this Word, these promises that we have, if they're not mixed with faith, we will not enter into the rest of God? So the question I want to ask is, "How many of you are at rest?" There are some of us that go, "Oh, amen. I'm at rest." Let me just encourage you to not be rash, like Peter was, because rest is not something that deals with just circumstances. Rest is an attitude of the heart that you don't really know if you're at rest until you're under the pressure. Anybody can rest in Disneyland. Now, watch. I'm going to show you how to look at your hearts a little bit.
The person that's at rest-look at verses 3&4-"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works." Now, why is Paul taking us in this direction? He's trying to show us what kind of a rest we're to enter into. God spoke it. He had no more to say about it. He said, "Seeing therefore [verse 6] it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief." Then he speaks as David as an example here. Look. "…To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest…"
This word "labor" in the Greek is a very important word. It means to study. Now, the admonition to us in the Scriptures is to study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman-not a hearer-a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). That rightly dividing the Word means to cut straight through it. So that we're not a people that are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. We're not a people who are gullible to the latest preaching fad. We're not a people who will compromise the Word of God. We cut through and let it say what it says - let God be true and every man a liar. So He says the only way to rest is to come to that place in your biblical exegesis, in your hermeneutics.