Intro: In our passage today, the writer of Hebrews reminds those listening of the need to merge knowledge with faith; it is the only way to enter the rest of God. These early Christians were trusting in their own efforts of works to save themselves; in human power to attain a relationship with God instead of just enjoying what Christ has promised. Truly, human effort will always fall short; it is inadequate in the battle against sin. As humans, we can get all wound up with knowledge; even well-meaning Christians can fill their minds with Scripture and never put a bit of it into practice with their faith. It just becomes head knowledge…and knowledge alone does not bring power. Without faith we cannot please God.
Hebrews 4:1-3 TPT The Faith-Rest Life
1 Now the promise of entering into God’s rest is still for us today. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. 2 For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. 3 For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest!
Today, is your day to enter into the faith-rest life; to live in the peace of God and enjoy the relationship he has created just for you. You don’t have to strive to have a beautiful relationship with God, you simply need to believe and trust in Christ to connect you to it. Listen to the Word and put your faith into action by obeying it. Have a blessed weekend…
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me understand how Scripture and faith must merge in my heart in order to be lived out in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.