So we conclude that there is still a full and complete Sabbath-rest waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.”
Have you found yourself fatigued by the grind of life, toxic people, unrealistic expectations, or perhaps something else (y/n)?
If you answered yes, I can relate. I know it happens to me on occasion.
If you said no, let me remind you that denial is not a river in Egypt! Or perhaps you are simply not aware of how deeply affected you are by your thoughts or things going on around you.
What we think affects the way we behave. Our behavior consists of our thoughts, words, and actions. Positive or negative, it shows up in our interactions with one another.
In my experience, we are all victims and perpetrators in having unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others. We hold people accountable to ridiculously high standards that we’d never hold ourselves accountable to. We judge one another for the toothpick in their eye when we’ve got a log stuck on our own.
So Pastor Jeremy, can you just get to the point already!
With all that in mind, the subject of staying in God’s rest has been showing up on my spiritual radar a lot recently.
Hebrews 4:9-11 not only instructs us to enter into God’s rest but to eagerly enter into the experience of God’s rest, just like God did on the seventh day.
What blocks us from entering into God’s rest?
It is clear that they could not enter into their inheritance because they wrapped their hearts in unbelief.”
A heart wrapped up in unbelief seems like a reasonable answer to me (it is after all, scriptural). In my experience, it explains why we tend to stay imprisoned to the grind we’ve created for ourselves.
Perhaps we don’t believe that we deserve better for ourselves. Or that we deserve to be mistreated due to misplaced feelings of guilt or shame. A heart wrapped up in unbelief can mean many things, but to me, it reveals a heartbroken by a tragedy or a trauma in their life.
In the world today, it's easy to fall into a routine without thinking about how it adversely affects us. It’s easy to justify and tolerate relationships that take on an abusive tone. Some say that there is safety and security in what we’re most familiar with. Human beings like predictably, even if it makes them miserable (subconsciously).
So how do we break the habit of being ourselves? How do we enter into God’s rest, and stay there?
Let’s go back to the Word. That’s where I find my answers.
So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine. “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father! “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands, for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love. My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness! “So this is my command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you.” John 15:4-12 TPT
I’m no expert on what’s best for you, or even for myself. I trust that God knows what’s best for me. With that in mind, I know that I need to rid my heart of unbelief.
Where does unbelief come from?
For me, it’s:
•People I’ve taken too seriously.
•Believing lies about myself that are not scriptural truth.
The big culprit for me is social media. I’ve allowed people who don’t even know me to have too much access and input into my life. There are too many nosy people out there. They hate their life, so they’d like to have fun ruining yours too.
Well, I will no longer allow it.
I’m sitting here wondering why I ever took the naysayers' criticism so seriously? I’ll admit, that’s on me, not them.
So, I’ve decided to re-examine my boundaries, to communicate them, and to permanently restrict access to people who do not support me or have my best interests at heart.
In conclusion, that's what God is leading me to do. It’s the spiritual procedure God has given me to permanently unwrap my heart from the unbelief choking it. I’ve entered into God's rest, and I intend to stay there. I will continue to live my life by abiding in Christ, eternally.
You might not see me posting much on social media, minus a few blog posts here and there.
Remember, God loves you as you are, not as you think you should be!
By His Grace Alone,
Pastor Jeremy Evans
*Ps, please forgive my brevity, I am blogging from my iPhone.