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Enter into the Blessing

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day; ĎAnd God rested on the seventh day from all His works;í And again in this passage, ĎThey shall not enter My rest.í Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience." Hebrews 4:4-6

 When God brought Israel out of Egypt He took them on a journey to the Promised Land where the blessings of God abided and was waiting on them. God had placed the blessing there, across the Jordan where He had made the land flow with milk and honey. The blessing was not in Egypt, nor was it in the wilderness of Sinai.

 Sadly, when God brought them to the blessing ten of the twelve spies sent in to observe the land came back with an evil report - a report lacking in faith. They testified that the land was certainly blessed, but there were many reasons why they could not enter into it. They refused to enter into the blessing and as a result all the unfaithful perished in the wilderness of Sin.

 In the holy land they would have found rest and abundant blessings, but they viewed it as too difficult to enter and struggled their entire lives in the desert until they died outside the blessing. Perhaps they deceived themselves into believing that God would bless them as they lived on the East side of the Jordan but it never happened. Wherever God places the blessing is where it is going to be, and if you value the blessing you will make whatever sacrifices necessary to enter into it.

Unlike the ten unfaithful spies, Joshua and Caleb wanted to enter at once. Though they had to endure forty years of wandering in the wilderness God preserved them and their families because they were faithful and valued the gift of God.

 What is the Sabbath and why? The Sabbath was given to us as a divinely appointed time to cease from our labors and from worries and rest. A time set aside for a holy convocation where we fellowship with God and with the Body of Christ.

God placed a special blessing on the Sabbath and we enter into that blessing when we enter His rest. There is no blessing in Sunday, nor was it made holy or set apart for a holy convocation. Sunday was created as the first work day and one cannot find the holy blessed rest there because the sanctifying anointing for divine fellowship is on the seventh day.

 The Bible says that there is a time for everything. The Sabbath is Godís appointed time to come before Him to worship and He promises to meet us there. Can we worship anytime? Yes, but those who generally use this argument neglect to worship and keep the Sabbath holy. It may be ok to add other times but certainly not at the expense of or in replacement of the appointed time. I donít know what to say when someone does not see the value of the Sabbath blessing and view it as a precious gift from the Lord. Those of us who do are like Joshua and Caleb and canít wait to enter the promise of itís blessing.


 

 

 

 

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