So, are you in God’s rest? If you are more persuaded by your circumstances than God’s ability to work out what He has promised – then you are probably not! You need to allow the integrity of God’s Word to produce persuasion in your heart.
In the New Testament, entering into God’s rest – is our promised land.
The Israelites however failed to enter their inheritance due to unbelief. Their unbelief became their disobedience. Unbelief and disobedience are basically the same thing, because both words in Greek has its origin in the word persuasion. The Israelites were not persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised.
Hebrews 3:18-19 says: “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
They did not allow the integrity of God’s Word that was coming to them, to produce persuasion in their hearts. They rather preferred to be more persuaded about the circumstances than God’s ability to work out what He has promised.
How do we enter into this rest? By not falling after the same manner of disobedience, by not failing to mix the Word together with faith, but focusing, paying a closer attention to the accomplished work of Christ Jesus. Remember, when a man hears the Word he must respond to it, if not, he goes away and there is no benefit and no positive release of what the Word promises. Why? Because the Word is not embraced with faith. Our faith in Him is our dedication and labour to enter His rest.
Hebrews 4:11 says: “Let us therefore strive or labour to enter into His rest, that no one will fall after the same disobedience.”
Our diligence or labouring has everything to do with our focusing on the accomplished work of Christ on the cross.