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In the Old Testament God told the nation of Israel to take possession of the promised land in which he had given them. They did not go to take possession, because there were giants, and the cities were surrounded with very high walls. Inside these walls there were castles, and fortresses protecting their enemy from harm. It was because of UNBELIEF in their thinking that they could NOT posses this land.

The nation of Israel could not rest, and enjoy the promised land that God had given them until they first LABORED, and WORKED to rid their enemies from this land.

We think to our self's, “wow, that is a really cool story, and too bad for them for not being obedient to God”. This story is not over, as it is still continuing today with us the Church in this age!!! As the Old Testament was about a physical promise land, we today have a promise land, but it is not physical, it is a spiritual Kingdom. We too just like them must “LABOR”, and “WORK” in getting rid of our enemies that would also prevent us from resting, and enjoying the Kingdom in which we have been translated into!!!

Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and HATH TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON: (KJV)

In the Book of Hebrews we find something very interesting that describes the nation of Israel in their rebellion in NOT taking possession of the promised land.

Heb 3:15 As it is said, "TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS IN THE REBELLION."
Heb 3:16 FOR WHO WERE THOSE WHO HEARD AND YET REBELLED? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses?
Heb 3:17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?

When the nation of Israel refused to take possession of the promise land, God led those same people for 40 years in the desert, until they all died except for Joshua, Caleb along with all the children who had grown up of those who rebelled in not having faith in God to take the promised land.

Heb 4:1 GOD'S PROMISE OF ENTERING HIS REST STILL STANDS, so we ought to TREMBLE WITH FEAR THAT SOME OF YOU MIGHT FAIL TO EXPERIENCE IT. (NLT)

God's promise of “ENTERING” his “REST” still stands with the Church today!!! We should tremble that some of us might “FAIL” to “EXPERIECE” this Kingdom!!!! I am not talking about missing out on our salvation, I am talking about experiencing the Kingdom we are in now!!!

Heb 4:2 FOR THIS GOOD NEWS—THAT GOD HAS PREPARED THIS REST—HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED TO US JUST AS IT WAS TO THEM. But IT DID THEM NO GOOD because THEY DIDN'T SHARE THE FAITH of those who listened to God. (NLT)

In exactly the same way God told his people to take possession of the promised land, he has also “ANNOUNCED” it to us his Church!!!! Those to whom it was announced to enter this land did them no good, because they did not believe (faith) it!!! Neither does it do us any good unless we also believe it by faith!!!

Heb 4:3 For ONLY WE WHO BELIEVE CAN ENTER HIS REST. As for the others, God said, "In My anger I took an oath: 'THEY WILL NEVER ENTER MY PLACE OF REST,'" EVEN THOUGH THIS REST HAS BEEN READY SINCE HE MADE THE WORLD.

Experiencing the Kingdom of God in which the Church has been translated into can never be experienced in this life unless we believe what Gad has said, and done, which was finished from the beginning of the world!!!

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:
Heb 4:7 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.

Those who refused to believe God by faith did not enter this land to experience it because of their unbelief!! No difference today then it was back then we also are told to enter in by faith. AGAIN, God has limited a certain day, and if we hear his voice we should respond in faith to enter in so we the Church can experience the Kingdom we are now in.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus (Joshua) had given them rest, then would HE NOT AFTERWARD HAVE SPOKEN OF ANOTHER DAY.
Heb 4:9 THERE REMAINETH THEREFORE A REST TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
Heb 4:10 For HE THAT IS ENTERED INTO HIS REST, HE ALSO HATH CEASED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 LET US LABOUR THEREFORE TO ENTER INTO THAT REST, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

It takes “WORK” to believe!!! Believing is not just reading the Bible and saying, “oh I believe this.” If we really believed what scripture says then we would be experiencing what it said. Not experiencing what scripture says tells us we are not really believing it. Jesus tells us what our “WORK” is suppose to be....

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
John 6:28 Then said they unto him, WHAT SHALL WE DO, THAT WE MIGHT WORK THE WORKS OF GOD?
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT YE BELIEVE ON HIM WHOM HE HATH SENT.

Our “WORK” is to believe (have faith) in the one God has sent, which is Jesus Christ the Word of God!!! Some one might say, “that is just to easy to be true” The reason why it is so hard to believe is because our “CARNAL” un renewed mind will not allow us to believe until to has been renewed with the Word of God.

The enemy of faith is in our own un renewed carnal mind that can not discover spiritual truth. As the Apostle Paul tells us that “NATURAL MAN”, which includes the human brain, can not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISH to him, neither can he know them for they are only spiritually understood.

1Co 2:14 But the NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD: FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS unto him: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY discerned.

The Bible tells us that the war we are to fight is against imaginations, and thoughts that try to come against the knowledge of God spoken of in scripture.

2Co 10:4 For THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT PHYSICAL [WEAPONS OF FLESH AND BLOOD], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), (AMP)

We are NOT to use human “logic, reasoning, and analytical thinking” which comes from the human physical brain as a weapon, because this is the enemy of faith!!! Logical analytical reasoning is NOT a spiritual weapon, it is the enemy!!! We come against human reasoning, and logic, and thoughts within our own mind, and bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ (the anointing)

This all takes “WORK” on our part. We can not “REST” in where God has brought us into his Kingdom until we have first “WORKED” at bringing our un renewed mind into obedience to what God has said in his Word!!! If we never do this, then we will never experience his Kingdom along with it's rest until after we have physically died!!

Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (KJV)

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (KJV)
 

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