Summary: As a believer we have an invitation to COME INTO THE DIVINE REST THAT ONLY JESUS CAN BRING.
COME --- ENTER INTO HIS REST
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I. CAN WE ACCEPT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN TRUST AND PEACE AND REST?
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
To refresh oneself to recover and regain strength.
TO BRING RELIEF.
Support to hold steady.
Rest: a state of ceasing from work, activity, motion and labor
Greek katapausis: Hebrew equivalent to Hebrew word NOAH.
Greek anapausis: to rest from weariness
Greek sabbatismos: a Sabboth rest, to rest from work.
A rest like God did when He had finished the work of creation.
B. Every field needed to rest from production of fruit every 7th year.
C. We should not grow weary in well doing and Christian labor.
We grow can weary in our work, and be hurt?
II. THERE IS A STRANGE STORY IN THE BOOK OF 2 SAMUEL.
RUNNING REAL FAST IS NOT EVERYTHING!
WE MUST WAIT ON THE LORD, GET THE MESSAGE FROM GOD’S WORD.
A. Let me tell you a true story about a friend that was always tired.
We knew an old lady that complained all the time that she could not sleep?
We pondered and prayed for her to be able to sleep and rest.
One day I started enquiring more about this problem.
The lady slept until 1 PM.
She got up and fixed her some breakfast/lunch.
She laid down on the couch and took a nap until 3 PM.
She watched her favorite continued show.
Then she took a nap until about 7 PM.
She then watched Wheel of Fortune and laid down to take a nap until around 9:30 PM. Then she got up to watch the news.
Then she just could not figure why she could not sleep at night?
I COULD NOT EXPLAIN TO HER, IF YOU SLEEP ALL DAY, HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT?
B. JUST BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO RUN FAST DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE RUNNING WITH THE MESSAGE AND THE ANOINTING.
C. The army needed to get a message to the KING DAVID.
David had been in time of trouble and sorrow.
D. AHIMAAZ KEPT ASKING, LET ME RUN, LET ME RUN AND TELL THE KING.
Please General Joab, LET ME RUN!
E. JOAB TOLD AHIMAAZ, NO YOU CAN’T RUN.
Joab knew AHIMAAZ WAS NOT REAL DEPENDABLE.
2 Samuel 18:19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.
20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the
king’s son is dead.
21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
F. AHIMAAZ KEEPS ON, UNTIL JOAB AGREES TO LET HIM RUN WITH THE MESSAGE.
2 Samuel 18:22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore
wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
G. AHIMAAZ NEVER HAD THE MESSAGE, HE WAS THE FIRST TO THE KING, BUT HE APPROACHED THE KING AS A FOOL.
H. Ahimaaz get out of the way, LET CUSHI TELL US THE NEWS.
I. RUNNING WITHOUT THE MESSAGE WILL ALWAYS BRING WEARINESS.
J. JUST BECAUSE WE ARE RUNNING DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE RUNNING WITH THE MESSAGE OF GOD’S BLESSINGS?
III. WE CANNOT HARDEN OUR HEARTS TO THE THINGS OF GOD! WE MUST HAVE A DIET OF MORE THAN JUNK FOOD AND ENERGY DRINKS? MAYBE THOSE BEFORE HAVE MISSED THIS HAVEN OF REST? WE CAN KNOW DIVINE REST IN A PERSONAL WAY.
A. The book of Hebrews was more than a man writing down words on paper.
There is a message from God, catch the message before you run.
B. If we take basic garbage into our ears and hearts all day, we will only have basic garbage to withdraw our power.
C. Junk food can make a tired, weak sleepy person.