Missing out on God's Rest

Hebrews 3:7-19 ESV (A Rest for the People of God )

[7 ] Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice, [8 ] do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, [9 ] where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. [10 ] Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ [11 ] As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” [12 ] Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. [13 ] But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. [14 ] For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. [15 ] As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” [16 ] For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? [17 ] And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? [18 ] And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? [19 ] So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Objective: We must strive to enter God’s rest.

Biblical Interpretation: How do we enter God’s rest daily? BATTLING UNBELIEF! Where does unbelief comes from? It comes from not hearing, receiving, believing and living out the Gospel in our lives. Let me take you back to the OT days, where the Israelites were wondering in the wilderness for 40 years because of their unbelief. They couldn’t enter into the promise land because their hearts were hardened. They chose to believe in themselves and grumble instead of trusting the one true God who brought them out of Egypt.

(Numbers 14:11 ESV)
-[11 ] And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?

Do not be like the Israelites, God’s rest is still available today. It is the rest of forgiveness of sins and peace with God through his son Jesus Christ. It is our failure to trust God is the root of not entering his rest. David spoke of God’s rest in –

(Psalm 95:7-8 ESV)
[7 ] For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, [8 ] do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

Do not let your unbelief robs you of the rest that is graciously given to you through Christ.
An excerpt taken from John Piper concerning unbelief:

All Sins Come from Unbelief in God’s Promises
The conviction behind this series is that all sins come from unbelief in the promises of God. All the sinful states of our hearts are owing to unbelief in God’s super-abounding willingness and ability to work for us in every situation of life so that everything turns out for our good. Anxiety, misplaced shame, indifference, regret, covetousness, envy, lust, bitterness, impatience, despondency, pride—these are all sprouts from the root of unbelief in the promises of God.

We Must Battle Unbelief Every Day
The last thing to say is just a sentence for now. In order to keep on believing in the promises of God and bearing the fruit of faith, we have to battle unbelief every day. Becoming a Christian is the beginning of the battle not the end. Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold on eternal life to which you were called.”

In order to persevere to eternal life, we must fight the good fight of faith (1 Corinthians 15:2; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 3:14). And I believe that God has appointed this study for us because he loves us and because he aims to bring some great victories to our lives and to our church. The reason I believe this is because of the promise of 1 John 5:4, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” Continue reading here

Application: Do not hardened your heart, hear his voice and obey his commandments

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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