Day 553: Same Faith

Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32, NIV). God wants to give me a kingdom? Where is it?

“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘Look here!’ or “Look there!” For indeed the kingdom of God is in you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is something you possess in your inner being. It’s a liberated life!

The Scriptures also say, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For whoever has entered into his rest has himself also ceased from his works, as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:9-10).

You may be wondering, “What does it mean to enter into this promised rest? What should it look like in my life?” I pray that God will remove the scales from our eyes and make us understand this. Simply put, entering His promised rest means fully trusting that Christ has done all the work of salvation for you. You must rest only by faith in his saving grace.

This is what Jesus means when he urges, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It means the end of all your carnal pursuits, all your human efforts to attain peace. It means trusting completely in Jesus’ work for you.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood. It takes place in the spiritual realm. The Old Testament makes this crystal clear. Time and again Israel made empty, futile promises to God. “We want to serve you, Lord. We will do as you tell us.” History proves that they had neither the heart nor the ability to keep their word. God had to take them from all confidence in themselves. Everything we need comes from the presence of our loved one Gentleman.

Paul says, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). This speaks of uninterrupted communion. Through the victory of the cross, our Lord has made himself available to us every hour of the day or night. We have to make a decision. “I want Christ in my life. I want to be delivered from all flesh. I go to his presence and claim my property. I want Jesus to be my only source of satisfaction.”

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