One of the most important things for us as believers to do is to rest in the promises of God. The ultimate demonstration of faith is not in our efforts, struggles or attempts to win God’s approval, but much rather in resting in the assurance that contained within the redemptive and finished works of Jesus is everything that we could ever need. God blesses us, not based on how well we have performed, but based on our spiritual position in Christ.
2 Peter 1:3 states that God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice that this is past tense. God has already given us. This means that as far as God is concerned, He has already blessed us, healed us, delivered us—He has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.
Satan would love for us to question this, and he may even attempt to present us with a long list of why this cannot be so. This list will always have to do with what we are able to see with our physical senses, what we are able to feel in our bodies, and how we may currently feel in our emotions. Yet the Bible tells us that as followers of Christ we are to not to go by our physical senses or by how we feel. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Friend, walking by faith means that we must learn to receive by faith what the grace of God has already made available. “It is by faith that it might be by grace.” (Romans 4:16)
And so resting in the promises of God means that rather than attempting to get God to do something for us, our task becomes to look to the Cross. We look to the Cross where Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) When He said it is finished, He was speaking of our salvation. Our salvation is finished! And salvation includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and anything we could ever need to fulfill our calling in Christ.
Now you may be wondering, how do we make this practical? How do we apply this when being confronted with the issues of day to day life? How do we apply this when dealing with a negative doctor’s report or when struggling with not having enough to pay the bills? Hebrews 4:11 gives us the answer: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” Yes, we must labor to enter into rest. If this sounds like a paradox, it is. Yet what the Bible is talking about here is not a physical labor, but much rather a labor of the soul.
When dealing with the day to day challenges of life, we must labor in our soul—in our mind, in our will, and in our emotions—to get into agreement with what God’s Word is saying about us, rather than agreeing with circumstances and conditions. We must agree that, despite of the symptoms in our body, by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:24) We must agree that, despite of not knowing where the money will come from, our God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)
This is where the practice of meditating on the Word of God comes in. The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we will get it down into our hearts. And once it is in our hearts, we will enter into rest. The key is to get the Word down into our hearts. The labor of the soul is to let the Word of God move from the head to the heart.
Throughout this week, begin to mediate on what God has said is true about you. Set some time aside every day to reflect upon specific promises of scripture, and even as you go about your day to day activities, keep them alive in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Father, I give You praise today. I choose to not look to my circumstances and conditions, but instead I look to You. I look to what Your Word says about me. I look to the Cross and to everything that the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for your grace! It is sufficient unto me. My confession is that I walk in the victory that has already been won for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Peter 1:3; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:32; Romans 8:37; Luke 10:19; Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 4:23-24