Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
A yoke connects an animal to a load. A woman who had just received the Holy Ghost was asked what that felt like. She replied, ‘Light’. Some of us take ourselves too seriously. Life is really not all that difficult when you think about how awesome, how powerful, and how wonderful our God is. It’s when we start to take all that burden back on ourselves and think it all depends on us that life gets heavy.
Joshua brought the Israelites where Moses didn’t go. Moses didn’t go to the Promised Land. Joshua brought them in. The walls came down. They conquered. God didn’t give them the whole land all at once because the wild animals would have multiplied.
The Israelites should have gone in right after they got out of Egypt. They should have had their rest in two weeks. They shouldn’t have had to wait 40 years. Their houses were already made, gardens laid. It was already there. They had to fight some folks to get it, but it was already there.
Heb 4:6 “Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:” If you really believe you’ll walk in that. If you believe it’s going to rain, you’ll bring an umbrella. The Israelites didn’t believe. So, they had to wander until they died. That was the Lord’s punishment on their unbelief and disobedience. Their unbelief caused them to disobey.
Heb 4:7-8 “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, 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 [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.”
More than a vacation, I love the Holy Ghost presence of God where I find rest for my soul. Unbelief leads to disobedience and stress. Belief leads to peace and rest. ‘Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.’
Heb 4:9-10 “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.”
Holiness is just a fruit of being saved. When you get into a place where you’re letting Him lead you, you’ll walk in holiness automatically.
Luke 10:38-42 “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
You try to do it all on your own power, but it’s not by might, nor by power. Some will trust in man’s abilities. ‘Some will trust in horses and some in chariots, but I will trust in the name of the Lord.’ God has His sleeves rolled up and is ready to work, but we are in His way.
Jesus says, ‘If you will hear My voice, don’t harden your hearts. Just believe.’
What is the rest?
Isaiah 28:10-12 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
‘Here is the rest, but you won’t hear.’ It’s your doubt that keeps you from hearing. Rest comes with belief.
Isa 28:13 “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
What are you forgetting about here tonight? God has power to save, whether it be by many or few. It is not that you need a vacation or more sleep, it’s that you need to speak in tongues and receive the Holy Ghost and get the refreshing of the Lord. Whatever it is you think you need, you can have it in the presence of God. Cease from your own works and enter into His work. He is able. He is able to exceed abundantly above what you can ask or imagine. Jesus wants us to live in abundance. I’m too blessed to be stressed!
Hang onto the Rest of Your Life! That rest is Jesus’ Spirit.
Ps 95:6-11 “Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”
This all began in Acts 2 where people got together in an upper room. I don’t ever want God to declare that I cannot enter into His rest.
Acts 2:1-2 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”
John 3:3-8 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
Today when you hear His voice, harden not your heart.
Acts 2:2-4 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Faith is a feeling that you have in your spirit that comes out of your mouth. Believe in your heart and speak with your mouth. If you have faith today, you can enter into this rest.
Acts 10:44-46 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,”
Acts 19:1-6 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”
If you hear His voice, harden not your hearts!
God has rest for your soul.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.