FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU TO WILL AND TO ACT ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PURPOSE
One of the hardest things for me is to allow God to act in and through me according to His Good Purpose. I always seem to want to do everything according to my good purpose. It is so hard to think that God’s Good Purpose will be better than mine.
The problem with working out my good purpose is that it gives me no rest. I strive a lot. I worry a lot. In the end, things do not even work out.
THEREFORE, SINCE THE PROMISE OF ENTERING HIS REST STILL STANDS, LET US BE CAREFUL THAT NONE OF YOU BE FOUND TO HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF IT. FOR WE ALSO HAVE HAD THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO US, JUST AS THEY DID; BUT THE MESSAGE THEY HEARD WAS OF NO VALUE TO THEM, BECAUSE THOSE WHO HEARD DID NOT COMBINE IT WITH FAITH
The promise of entering God’s Rest still stands, but it has to be combined with Faith—believing that God can do His job to will in you and act in you according to His Good Purpose. This means that God will give you the necessary desires to act according to His Will, all the time, throughout your life, until His Purpose is completed in your life.
THERE REMAINS, THEN, A SABBATH-REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD; FOR ANYONE WHO ENTERS GOD’S REST ALSO RESTS FROM HIS OWN WORK, JUST AS GOD DID FROM HIS
I bless you to make every effort to enter into God’s Rest. Understand that anyone who enters God’s Rest rests from his own striving. He asks God to exchanges his good purpose…for God’s Good Purpose. He combines his decision with Faith.
FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT
(2 Corinthians 5:7).
Why are you striving so hard? What are you trying to achieve?
What is keeping you from coming into God’s rest, in Faith—to set your striving aside and allow God to will and act in your life, according to His Good Purpose?
PRAYER: May you be willing to pray this prayer with Major Ian Thomas, “Lord Jesus, I am willing for You to invade my soul, to control my mind, to control my emotions, and to control my will, so that every decision within my soul will be in perfect harmony with my spirit, and my spirit in perfect harmony with You, so that my whole being may declare Your praise.” Do this in combination with Faith.
Maintain an Awareness
Obedient surrender consists of three steps: EMBRACING, EXPOSING, and giving permission to be EXCHANGED.