“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Gen. 2:2-3 NKJV).
The God of our Lord Jesus Christ is all powerful! He is mighty and always full of energy and was therefore not tired when He rested from His labour. God had finished what He set out to do; to create the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. He had accomplished His goal and saw that what he created was good (Gen. 1:31). It was finished!
In this context of God resting from his labour, rest means “a cessation of labour having completed the task one set out to do”. The day that God rested was a blessed day. This is because He personally sanctified and blessed it.
“Father, if you being the God of the universe El Elyon, creator of heaven and earth rests from your work, your creative acts and projects, how much more should we not do the same?” You certainly do not expect us to attempt to labour in our own strength without your guidance or leading, we are incapable of doing so. This is why you counselled us through the writer of proverbs:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take. (Prov. 3:5-6 NLT).””
GOD IN CHRIST – OUR SABBATH REST
How then could humanity attain this rest? Cease from the burden of having to “labour” without God?
When we do things in our own strength without dependance on God hence His power which is the same power with which He created then whatever we do cannot be good unto God. This is why we are saved by grace through faith not works. Our carnal works do not please God and can only produce unrighteous fruit or sin.
Christ compassionately beckons “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28 KJV).
When God is in it, it is not labour in the sense of striving or doing things in our own strength. No one but God can restore mankind to that place of rest, His type of rest, so He left his throne and came in the person of Jesus Christ, a sinless saviour.
God cares. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus Christ, so that he who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Let us remember that scripture speaks of the incarnate Christ; God came to earth in the person of Christ. “”Me and my Father are one” Jesus said (John 10:30).
“… God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself..” (2 Corinth. 5:19KJV)
JESUS CHRIST CAME TO BE OUR SABBATH REST
God’s Sabbath Rest for humanity has been “ready” since the Seventh Day when He rested from creating the universe (Gen. 2 ). It was ready but was not acceptable by all.
“For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.” (Heb 4:3-4 KJV).
For those who failed to enter God’s rest due to disobedience in God, Hebrew 4:7 states “God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today.” This was in reference to Christ being a means for those who did not enter God’s rest through disobedience to have a second chance.
Yearly sacrifices did not suffice, they were requirements of the law of Moses “the shadow of good things to come not the very image of the things” so God sent Jesus Christ.(Heb.10:1 -10 NKJV).
Do not be discouraged if someone you have been witnessing to has not accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour, as this passage (Heb. 4:7) gives us hope. As long as Jesus tarries, our loved ones still have a chance to be saved.
Jesus suffered criticism, mockery, rejection, beatings and betrayal and the ultimate shame and death on the cross for our sakes. He suffered all this, even though he was sinless (Heb. 4:15) so that we would not have to.
His accomplishments made a way for those who accept him as their Lord and Saviour (Rom. 10:9) to therefore have God’s Sabbath Rest which also speaks of a life void of anxiety.
May we truly find peace in God and heed to the Apostle Paul’s encouraging words as follows:
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6 KJV).
In Christ our Sabbath Rest, we have all that we need; because we know with certainty that “his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertainunto life and godliness (2 Pet.1:3 KJV).
“But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified (Hebrew 10:12-15 KJV).
As our Sabbath Rest, seated after finishing his work on the Cross, Christ embodies our sanctification and declares us holy and righteous. As long us we believe this truth and partner for this to be a reality in our daily lives, we will always overcome any attempt of our enemies to discourage us and take our focus away from our one and only burden bearer, Christ.
SAVED TO DO GOOD WORKS
Our Salvation is intended for us to manifest as “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10).
As the redeemed of the LORD, we are restored to our creation mandate; As ones created in God’s image to be His representatives on earth. It is therefore inevitable that we would do good works for Him.
After God created the universe, he saw that his works were good, it follows that those created in His image will inevitably do good works.
What has prevented you from thinking you are capable of doing works that by God’s definition are good, if indeed that is the case?
God’s word is true about you, as long as you are born again you are predestined to do good works.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent…hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num.23:19 KJV)
You have been gifted with the creative flair of the master creator, the capacity to do exceedingly abundantly more than you can ever ask or think why? Because God is the one by His mighty power doing his works in and through you (Eph.3:20).
Friends, let us therefore be encouraged and motivated to take steps of faith in doing what He has called us to do, “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work” in us “will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil.1:6 KJV).
Thank you Jesus, Our Sabbath Rest!
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Thank you Lord for blotting out (erasing, wiping slate clean) my sins and being a God of second chances. Every accursed ordinance written or spoken against me was nailed to the cross over 2000 years ago! Cursed was he (Jesus) who hang on a tree for me!!
Therefore no weapon formed against me will prosper and no tongue raised in condemnation against me will stand, this is my heritage as a child of God. I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me, Jesus Christ my Saviour and Lord Amen!
I give a standing ovation to the one who purchased my salvation. Is the Door for those suffering shame and denigration.
I give a standing ovation to him whose life is outstanding, who brought the world tidings of great joy and delivers the oppressed so they go forth rejoicing.
I give a standing ovation to Yeshua Ha Mashiach for whom I am filled with adoration.
©Nov17 Deborah E. Nyamekye
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Poetic Redemption Storytelling
After watching CEO and inspirational speaker and best selling author Lisa Nichol’s inspiring video (check it out on the Gold cast Facebook page or You Tube) of a life transformed after suffering domestic abuse by her fiancé, I felt inspired to engage in some scribal indulgence telling a story of redemption but from a view point that considers the abuser’s mindset and triggers, not as a means of justification but shedding some light on some of the “hidden demons” in play in such situations.
The Caged Bird’s Escape:
Desired with his enticing eyes, colourful words and decorated with roses and alluring scents she felt on top, the executive of his heart, the CEO of his life.
In one night her dreams had come true; from reams of beauties she was chosen by one of the Hedge-Fund crew.
To him she was just meat, one of many slaughtered for devouring, bought in a club in one of many spending sprees he called sport.
A business man, bonus acquiring sharp talker in the square mile by day and by night a gigolo, a Casanova in clubs he called “cattle markets” bidding with his eyes for the best cow.. he laughs “that’s the woman- A COW!”
Flashes of his mother often appeared before his eyes, waving to him, a 6 year old “mummy is going to the shop, I will return” She never did.. “liars all of them”!
Sly as a fox, an expert in his game, he waited until the image of her was locked in him, he, a mirror that defined her significance. Now he had god-like relevance, the Fowler’s cage was her home.
One day was as living in a romantic play pen; his voice soft and soothing and to love songs they were waltzing.
Another was life in a torture chamber under a man-child’s bitter verbal whip and slaps with hate-filled vomit until she suffocated in fear and self hate. Every morning she braced herself for what was amiss, the ready for work psycho’s bullets of abuse and punches in her abdomen with a goodbye kiss.
A cycle of confused voices reeled in the cage “I love you”, “I love you not” as the battered bird wailed without a sound. In his “you are to blame! blame! blame! she felt grief and shame! shame! shame!
A rude awakening was the uncontrollable pain in her abdomen. The day of reckoning had come for from the abyss of farce living she heard the voices of many women thundering “call the ambulance or die!” The freedom fighter from deep within joined in, beckoning.
“How are you today, my dear?”
Startled, she opened her eyes and saw a face beaming at her “I am Claire”
“Yes, I am your nurse, you called the ambulance, they broke in ‘cause you fainted after the call. Julie, your internal wounds and bleeding were serious. Thank God you came on time! You will be fine”
Julie shut her eyes. Smiling the risen woman within spoke:
“Yes thank God!
To a “A just in time” God: thank you!
I was that woman destined for a bright future based on scripture, even the prophetic word, then I lost my way and met a trickster and by him I became nothing but a caged bird in a home any woman would dread.
I was able to walk away, escape from the snare of the Fowler, but for him in compassion I daily kneel to pray and for caged birds unlike me who for reasons choose to stay, I shall sing a song of deliverance, that one day sunshine shall overtake the dark clouds of their circumstance.”
”Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
©11/11/2017 Deborah E Nyamekye