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Chapter 7

Resting in God's Love

 

(Hebrews 4:9-11 NKJV) There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. {10} For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. {11} Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. I believe that the key to entering into this rest is to know God, when you know God you trust God. Because when you know God you know His compassion for you, and you have faith (trust) in God because of it. Faith is the key to entering into the rest of God. The more faith the more trust the more rest. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Only by faith can you come to God because you must believe He exists, and that He has compassion (love) for you. Without faith (trust) you reject Him since God is love you also reject His love.

GRACE

Grace is an undeserved free gift, undeserved favor, and undeserved love.

All of the other religions of the world offer salvation by works. They say if you become good enough you can work your way to God, you must go through procedures and sufferings and rituals to get to God. Some religions say that you can become a god, this appeals to man's pride. Just as when pride entered into Satan and he said, "I will be like the Most High God", and he became God's enemy. The new age religions all pickup on this theme, that you can become a god. It is not new; even in the Garden of Eden Satan tempted Eve by telling her if she ate the fruit that she would become like God.

Only through Jesus Christ we are offered grace, a free gift. This is contrary to human nature, which in pride says I can do it myself. Our attitude is, "my life is my own and I will do with it as I please." Jesus says yes I gave you life and I gave you power to choose, it is your choice. So we choose love and give our life to Jesus and rest in Him, or we choose pride becoming God's enemy, trying to work and climb up to heaven another way besides through Jesus. (John 14:6 NKJV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The deeper I get into knowing and experiencing God one thing becomes more and more clear. That is, all that I am, all that I ever have been, and all that I ever will be is totally one hundred percent a result of God's awesome grace. It has nothing to do with me or the things that I do or don't do; except for the choice to both accept and live in grace, or reject the free gift by rejecting God and His Love. I can't add anything to grace and I can't take anything away from it.

(Ephesians 2:1-10 NKJV) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, {2} in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, {3} among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. {4} But God, who is rich in mercy (compassion), because of His great love with which He loved us, {5} even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), {6} and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, {7} that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. {8} For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, {9} not of works, lest anyone should boast. {10} For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The works that we do for God are the works that He has prepared in advance that we should walk in them; they are not a result of our efforts. They are God's works that we move in being guided by His Holy Spirit of Love. This is your destiny on earth.

If you are thinking that, "I am unworthy to do works for God", then you are the perfect candidate, and you are the one He is calling. You are the one God desires to give grace to. The first step toward accepting God's grace is to understand that you don't deserve it. (Proverbs 18:12 NIV) Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. People that try to work their way toward God are an insult to Him and His grace; they are working in pride, which is the opposite of Love. (1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV)…"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." {6} Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. {7} Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. God does not love you because you are good, God love you because He is good.

(Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, {9} not of works, lest anyone should boast. Everything about our relationship with God depends upon us trusting Him in faith, by resting in His grace. We are to come to Him as a little child saying, "Daddy pick me up", and He does, Then He caries us. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV) Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Sometimes our tendency is to do things on our own to get out of His arms and run. We want to do the work instead of letting God do it. Then the Lord will chastise us and cause situations that are too big for us to handle alone, which sends us running back into His arms where once again we rest in His grace, trusting Him to rescue us. (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV) For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength."

What we need to know and understand about God is that He has created the world and you so that He can have compassion and grace on the world and you. God is love and He is full of compassion, this is who He is and what He longs to do. Thus He has allowed a world of suffering and bondage so that He can pour out His compassion and heal and rescue us, He loves to do it, and He needs to do it. With out suffering and bondage there would be no one to rescue, no one to receive God's compassion. (Romans 11:32 NIV) For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy (compassion) on them all.

God has set up the world and set us up as an opportunity of His grace (Romans 5:20-21 NIV) The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, {21} so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. So God set up our failure so that He could demonstrate His love for us. (1 John 4:9-10 NIV) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. {10} This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. The scene of the cross was the ultimate demonstration of love. God was willing to suffer in agony and pain to demonstrate the love that He has for you and me. Every time we sin we must remember the cross and thank God for His grace and compassion for us because that is where each sin was paid for, even the ones that we commit today.

After we accept the free gift of grace given to us through Jesus paying the price of our salvation we then begin a new life in Christ. When we accept Jesus into our heart He sends the Holy Spirit into us to begin our spiritual life in Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV) Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, {22} set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. The Holy Spirit is given to us to be with us forever, the Holy Spirit is God in us. (John 14:16-17 NKJV) "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; {17} "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The Holy Spirit teaches us truth from God, and directs us toward obeying God. Obedience to God is summed up by being in Love, Loving God and Loving people through the Spirit of Love. (1 Peter 1:22 NKJV) Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that is transforming us and changing our will and our desires to walk in love and obedience to God. (Philippians 2:13 NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. We can not walk in obedience by our own efforts, it is the work of the Holy Spirit in us that gives us the ability and the desire to love and obey.

What God requires of us is that we abide in Him. (John 15:4-5 NIV) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. {5} "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Without God we can do nothing, thus the fruits of being a Christian are a result of God's work of grace in our lives, not by our efforts. What we are required to do is abide in Christ as a branch in a tree. The only work that a branch does is remain in the tree, then life giving sap and nutrients come up through the tree giving it life and producing fruit. This represents the work of the Holy Spirit of Love, flowing from God and through us, producing fruits in our life. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Love is the first fruit of the Spirit; all of the other fruits are a result of love. When you have love you have all of the other fruits also. When people see the fruits of love in your life and they feel and experience the love of God coming through you then they also want to taste and see that God is good, this is how people are drawn into the kingdom.

(1 John 5:2-4 NKJV) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. {3} For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. There is a point at which our knowledge of God and His love reaches critical mass and we breakthrough into the rest dimension, the realm of trust and faith that comes from love. No longer do we struggle to obey God's commandments, it is easy, and we enjoy them because there are only two, love God and love your neighbor; when we keep these two all the others are kept also.

Trying to Love by our own efforts is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love because it is God's Spirit; it is the presence of God in our life. (Exodus 33:14 NKJV) And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." All that we are required to do is abide in God, (Hebrews 4:10 NKJV) For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

God's grace does not depend on our efforts or works it totally depends upon God. (Romans 9:15-16 NIV) For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." {16} It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. If we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us then God does the work of changing our heart to love Him and love others, so that we can be obedient to His Word. (2 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV) Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience (endurance) of Christ. (Deuteronomy 30:6 NKJV) "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

We must always understand that our failures and weakness our no match for God's grace and love that He has for us. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. {10} That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Our works always end in failure and suffering, demonstrating our weakness, then we come to the end of our self and call out to our Father of Compassion. Then God gives us His strength and ability to overcome, causing us to love Him and trust Him more and more. (Galatians 3:11 KJV) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. In rescuing us God is glorified, if it was by our efforts we could claim the glory.

Many of the New Testament epistles begin and end with a salutation such as this: Grace, compassion, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord be upon you, and abound in you, and be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. This should be our prayer for ourselves and for those we love. Probably the best thing we can ask God for is His grace and compassion in us and upon us. We can ask God for every need, including more of His love in our heart, a desire to serve Him, a desire to read His word, a desire to know Him in an intimate way.

Ask God to experience His presence in a super natural way, and that His Love will flow through your heart and reach out to touch others. If you are willing to allow God to answer these prayers, and allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside, He will, He is anxious to answer such prayers from His children. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. {16} Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy (compassion) and find grace to help us in our time of need. Always remember that the voice of God is the sound of Love.

Indeed all of God's word relates to love, every example the people experienced and every promise in the Bible is given to us so that we could know what true love is, compassion. Also so that we could have a measure of when we are walking in love and when we are not. (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV) Jesus says to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' {38} "This is the first and great commandment. {39} "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' {40} "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Love God and love your neighbor are the same commandment. Jesus broke it into two so that we could better understand when we were in the Spirit of love.

The reason that love God and love your neighbor are the same commandment is because you have to love God to love your neighbor, and you have to love your neighbor to love God. God is the source of true love because God is love; it is His love flowing through our hearts that enables us to have true love for people. God's love is in constant motion reaching out and touching lives setting people free, healing, restoring, creating, and all other actions of compassion. He desires that we also become vessels of compassion so that He can use us to reach the world around us.

Albert Einstein knew that God created the universe and thus all things were relative, which is related to each other. He is famous for his equation E=mc2, showing that matter, energy, time, and space were all related to each other. When Einstein died he was working on his unified field theory that would have related everything to everything. Love is the unified field. We know that God is love and in Him and by Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV) For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. {17} And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

By love all things consist and all motion and all life come from love energy. When we are in God, we are in love, and God is in us, we are unified with Him and we are unified with our brothers and sisters that are also in Him. When we are unified with God we move when He moves, we speak what we hear Him speak, we do what He does. Jesus gave us the perfect example of being unified with the Father. (John 10:30 KJV) I and my Father are one. (John 5:19-20 NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. {20} "For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. Love is the unifying Spirit of God.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is God's love, He is the life energy of God, love. He is the omnipresence of God and we know that God is love. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. This is why it is not by physical outside force that God causes things to move, transform, and be created but by His Spirit that is inside every atom in the physical universe. (Zechariah 4:6 KJV) … Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts. I believe that it is God's Holy Spirit that keeps everything together and in order throughout all of His creation. If you think about God being in every atom of your being then you understand the verse. (Lamentations 3:22 KJV) It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (Hebrews 12:29 KJV) For our God is a consuming fire.

Our God is a God of motion and all of His creation is in motion that comes from love energy. Every subatomic particle, every atom, every molecule, every cell, every plant, every thing that moves on the earth, every planet and celestial body, every solar system, every galaxy, indeed the whole physical universe is moving, and it is the same in the spiritual realm. Love is energy; love that does not have an action of compassion is not love. We are to be moved with compassion flowing with the river of life that comes from the throne of grace, it is not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our struggles, and not by our energy. It is by God's energy, love, that we move in obedience to Him as a vessel full of Him and His glory, compassion. One of the wonderful properties of love is that it is a fusion reaction. When you act in compassion the presence of God begins to flow through you and you receive more energy than you use.

All of our behaviors and all of our conversations and all of our movements are to be guided by love (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV) Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. {2} And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

WARNING: I am going into some very deep water again here: (1 John 4:7 NIV) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Love comes from God, I believe there is an emotion you can trust that is the compassion. I believe when you feel this emotion it is from God, I do not believe it is a natural human emotion. I believe the reason it feels so good is because it is the presence of God. For us to have this love perfected in us we must know God, the source of love. (1 John 4:12-13 NKJV) No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. {13} By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. I believe that compassionate love is not an emotion it is the presence of God.

For every truth there is a counterfeit lie from the father of lies, the god of this world Satan. For truth to be truth it has to be pure, a little distortion and it is all false. The New Age movement offers the philosophy that a person can become god and one with nature. They strive for this "enlightenment" through various procedures and works, and some get so involved that they call up demon spirits called "spirit guides", to enlighten them. Christians know that Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. Satan offers this religion of oneness with the universe as a way to appeal to man's pride to become god, and also to distort the truth of the true way to become united with God. Christians have the answer to the New Ager's quest to be one with God; the answer is Jesus Christ. Through believing and accepting Jesus Christ we become one with Him and The Father God, in whom all things consist, and we are united by His omnipresence of love, the Holy Spirit.

The story that Jesus told about the Good Samaritan tells us who is our neighbor and is a good illustration of compassion in action. (Luke 10:30-37 NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. {31} "Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. {32} "Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. {33} "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. {34} "So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. {35} "On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' {36} "So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" {37} And he said, "He who showed mercy (compassion) on him." Then Jesus says to him, "Go and do likewise."

The priest and the Levite may have had a moment of pity for this hurt man but they immediately shut up their hearts of compassion and passed on the other side to avoid the guilt that comes from hardening your heart. The Samaritan was moved with compassion, he allowed the compassion of God to flow through his heart into an action of compassion. It is interesting the Jesus taught that your neighbor is whoever you have compassion on. I believe that when you begin to have compassion on all the people that surround your life and all that you influence, then God will expand your neighborhood. Before long you will be more popular than Mr. Rogers in the neighborhood.

Love God; love your neighbor. Both commandments involve allowing His love to flow through us in compassion. The ability to love comes from God and flows through us back to Him, and the people around us, our neighbors. A neighbor is anyone you have compassion for and then you demonstrate compassion through action. If you have compassion but you do not allow the compassion to flow through you in to action, then the flow will stop and compassion is stifled. (1 John 3:17 NKJV) But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (James 2:15-17 NKJV) If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, {16} and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? {17} Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. So also compassion without action is dead.

Most parents can understand the loving compassion of God because they experience it for their children. This love from God moves the parent to do the right thing for the child; a parent receives supernatural wisdom on how to raise their children from God the Father. Compassion causes a mother to stay up all night with a sick child. Compassion leads a father to carry a young child when they are too tired to walk anymore. Compassion will cause a parent to go without so their child can eat. Compassion leads a parent into much self-sacrifice but a good parent counts it all joy to give in compassionate love. Most parents are unaware that the compassion they have for their child comes from the God of compassion and flows through the heart of the parent. Because the God of love cares more about that child than even the parent does. (Matthew 18:10 NKJV) "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

When you are with young children you can sense the presence of God if you are spiritually sensitive to God. A parent will often want the child to have a higher moral standard then they do. How many parents will send their children to Sunday school to learn about God but the parent does not go. Children are often taught to have high moral standards as the parent says do what I say, not as I do. This sense of wanting the best for your child comes from the Father above, trying to get you to be the best parent you can be for His little child that you are entrusted with. (Ephesians 6:4 KJV) And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

A child has a sense of God; I have never met a child atheist, they always believe in God, they know without question that God exists. Children have a right to be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A parent that knows God and allows Him to have full compassionate love flowing to the child will bring up their child to love God. One of my favorite things to see is a child worshipping God hands up raised and tears flowing from the presence of God touching their heart, it seems so natural. At times like that the heart of God is touched by a child's love. That scene says much about their parent.

Of course raising a child demands times of discipline and justice, what kids call being fair. Compassion demands justice. But just as a parent you do not allow one child to punish and judge the other, so to as children of God He says leave the Justice and judgement to me. He will judge and discipline His children fairly because He knows the heart of each person.

Not all parents are in touch with God the Father there are some exceptions where a selfish parent hardens their heart even blocking the flow of compassion from God to their own children. But God still has compassion for the child. (Psalms 27:10 NKJV) When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me. (Isaiah 49:15 NKJV) "Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. There are times when tragic abuse leads even to death of the physical body, but the God of compassion carries the soul of that child in His arms to paradise where there is no more death, no pain, and no more tears.

After Jesus did the miracle of feeding so many people with so little a group of them came seeking Him because they wanted fast food, but He said unto them: (John 6:27-29 NKJV) "Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." {28} Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" {29} Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." To work the works of God is to not work but to believe in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 6:33 KJV) But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Jesus is made unto us righteousness, so we are to seek Him and His kingdom. Everything else that we need will follow in order if we keep our focus on Him first.

God is not impressed by our works, in fact when we think that we can earn our way to heaven or we think we have been a good person so we deserve heaven that is the greatest insult to the Creator of the universe, that is pride. When someone tries to get to heaven any other way except through Jesus Christ, God considers them a thief, because they would be stealing His glory, and His glory He will not give to another. (John 10:1-2 NKJV) "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. {2} "But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. Christians don't climb up to heaven, we ride the elevator. The elevator is Jesus our shepherd, He is the way, there is no other.

There is a scary verse in the Bible, that is, scary to people who trust in their works. (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV) Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. {22} Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? {23} And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. These people trusted in their "wonderful works", not in Gods grace and His love for them. They put their faith in their works, that is they were religious but they had no personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Another interesting point about this verse is that at the time of this writing we have not arrived at the point where even many believers at this time have these wonderful works following them. Apparently the coming outpouring of the knowledge of God and the revelation of His love on the earth is going to be so great and so awesome that even many religious people will get caught up in the excitement and power of the name of Jesus, without even knowing Him. Because if you really know Him then He knows you and He will never forsake you if you trust in His grace. (Deuteronomy 4:31 NKJV) '(For the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you'…Once again the Hebrew word for merciful in this verse is rachuwm, which means compassionate, or full of compassion.

We are not to rejoice in the works that Jesus does through us but we are to rejoice in His grace and loving compassion that gives us place and an entrance into heaven. (Luke 10:17-20 NKJV) Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." {18} And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. {19} "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. {20} "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

When we keep God's commandments to love God and love our neighbor then we walk in love and works will follow us. We are never supposed to focus on works or even the gifts of the Spirit, but if we focus on love, which is Jesus, works will follow, and gifts will be manifest, they are a by product of moving in love. (Revelation 14:12-13 NKJV) Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. {13} Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." Don't seek the works seek the worker, don't seek the gifts seek the giver.

We are to desire spiritual gifts especially the greater gifts, which are the ones that most benefit others. (1 Corinthians 12:31 NIV) But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way. The most excellent way is love. So we desire the gifts the same way you might desire money to help starving people, your goal is not to have money your goal is to feed starving people, in the same way we are to make love our goal. We must desire the spiritual gifts for the right reason to glorify Jesus and to be able to better demonstrate and communicate His love for people. (1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT) Let love be your highest goal, but also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives, especially the gift of prophecy.

Prophecy is a gift that is given to help build up the church, Christ body. (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 NIV) But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. {4} He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. The reason prophecy is a gift above other gifts is because it is a way of expressing love from God that can reach the greatest number of people. The other gifts can meet individual needs but prophecy can reach everyone. Prophecy can bring people into the body of Christ and it strengthens the people that are members already. Everyone needs strengthening, encouragement, and comfort.

When we walk in love with faith believing and trusting God then signs and works will follow, as we are moved by compassion from the throne room, the control center of the universe. But we are not supposed to follow signs. When the Holy Spirit is in you, all of the spiritual gifts are in you also, when you move in compassionate love whatever gift is needed to demonstrate God's love will be made manifest at the right instant. (Mark 16:16-18 NKJV) "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. {17} "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; {18} "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

 

The rest dimension is a quiet place of peace and relaxation where your heart lives in a bubble protected by the outside world. It is the secret place of the Most High. (Psalms 91:1-2 NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. {2} I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." God does not have a shadow so this more accurately means we abide in His presence. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. God is Love and in His presence of love we experience full joy.

 

(Isaiah 30:15 NKJV) For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. This verse summarizes the relationship God wants to have with us. It summarizes how we come to God the first time, and how we maintain a good relationship with Him. By coming to Him and resting in Him, (which is faith) we are saved. Notice it says in returning in the plural form, we return to Him more than once. Whenever we stray away a little to far or allow something to come between us and God, which is sin, then if we do not return on our own He will cause situations that will bring us back to Him one way or another. Returning is a parallel to repenting which means to turn back to God and away from all else that would separate us from Him. We also return to Him when we are facing circumstances that are too much for us to bear. He saves us from our sins but also anything else that causes us concern or pain or grief, when we return to Him. Quietness in this verse means to rest in, so we rest in confidence and trust in God, our strength. (Zechariah 4:6 KJV) Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts. This is how the Creator of the universe becomes our source of strength and salvation.

 

True success comes from God. When we are walking in love guided by the Holy Spirit then we commit what we do to God's glory and He gives the success. (Proverbs 16:3 NLT) Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. If the Lord does not do the work our labor is in vain. (Psalms 127:1-2 NLT) Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. {2} It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Whatever we do it all must be dedicated to the Lord so He can bless it, so He can do the work. Even our struggles and battles we must give them all to Him so He can fight them for us, the battle is His, the victory is ours through Jesus Christ. (1 Sam 17:47 NKJV) "Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands." (Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJV) Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, {21} make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Jesus says (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV) "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. {29} "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. {30} "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." The reason God's burden is light is because He caries it for us. Once again the key is to know God we must learn of Jesus and from Jesus, this is how our faith increases and how we enter into rest and confidence in Him. Jesus wants us to leave behind our works, our labor; these do not impress Him and actually cause us to be separated from Him through religion. Religion is trying to please God through works.

The burdens we carry that are heavy laden upon us we are to give to Jesus Christ to bear. (Isaiah 53:3-6 NKJV) He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. {4} Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. {5} But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. {6} All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

The anointing of Jesus is to meet our needs through His loving compassion for us. The same Holy Spirit anoints us, and we are to move in compassion also as a vessel of compassion demonstrating and communication the love of Jesus. (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV) "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; {19} To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

The result of being in the Spirit is compassionate love; the results of love are the other fruits listed here. (Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. {24} And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. {25} If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Here are some scriptures about how to walk, which is to live in and move in God. We know that we are walking in the Spirit when we are in compassionate love. (Galatians 5:25 KJV) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. Good works are not your work it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the energy of love, and they are your destiny.

(Psalms 119:1-3 NKJV) Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD! {2} Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! {3} They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.

(Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV) And now, Israel, what does the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

(1 John 1:7 KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.

(John 8:12 KJV) Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


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