We rest in Christ when we cease from our own works and trying to earn what can only be received by grace through faith. As we walk in Him, as we have received salvation, we also receive other blessings. In every situation we have to remember to let go and let God. We stop so God can start.
When we stop trying to convince our loved ones of the truth, God can start speaking to them. When we trust God with our family members and rest in His ability, He is able to step in and intervene. It’s when we finally stop trying to help God that we receive His help. It’s when we get out of His way that He is free to start what He had planned all along. It’s when we stop trying to figure everything out that truth becomes clear. When we are through with our own efforts, His power comes forth mightily.
We believe. We receive. We hear. We obey and we rest. He is the vine; we are the branches. We can hang in there, abide in Him and surrender all. Entering into rest becomes easier and easier as we keep reminding ourselves that it’s all about Him, not about us, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:10-11 “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
All works of the believer must be of God and through God. It cannot be our work. God doesn’t mix His own work with the work of man’s flesh. He leads us to the end of our works so we can let Him do His marvelous works. Faith often leads us to do things in opposition to the desires of our flesh.
We first must cease from our own works, and then wait for God to do His work. To cease from our own works is a work of faith. Faith is trusting, depending and waiting for God to manifest His work of healing, love, peace and restoration in our lives. Waiting for God to work takes place in our hearts, and is invisible. Ceasing from our own works is external and can be seen. This great work of faith ceasing from our own works, cannot be done without God.
We do not possess this kind of faith naturally; it’s given by God. Through the Word, prayer and fellowship with our Lord, we receive the faith that only comes through Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We receive the assurance that God will do the work. Our work is to believe in Christ. We rest from laboring with our natural strength, and wait on His supernatural strength, from glory to glory!
John 6:28-29 “Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.’ ”