For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
God rested the seventh day from all His works. When did your sabbath begin? Why are we not ritualistically and legalistically worshipping God on a Saturday? Because the Sabbath for the Church began when we met the Lord. Your Sabbath day, your day of rest, began the day you actually met the Lord, Jesus Christ. You are supposed to be living in it.
What is the implication? The implication is even as God the Creator of the universe made the stars and placed them in the sky along with the moon and the sun, on the seventh day, He rested. HE STOPPED CREATING THINGS FOR HIMSELF. You won’t read where God created anything for Himself after Adam. He stopped creating things that would glorify Himself, and He looked on all His works and was pleased with what He had made. He stopped trying to satisfy Himself. His next idea, His next heart throb was to satisfy someone else . . . His man. Eve was the only work of His hands after the seventh day.
Inside God’s rest, His compassion moved to satisfy someone else. He went into Adam’s side and fashioned a likeness of Adam and gave it a womb. However, it was the image of the man. Not having gone back to the dirt, this vessel was more refined — it was made nice and smooth. Adam looked at Eve and at himself and said, This is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. This is likened unto me. This creature is made of the same thing that I’m made of. Do you see the mind of God? You have the opportunity to enter into His rest, your Sabbath, a time to gratify the HEART OF THE FATHER.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath CEASED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, as God did from his.
You’ve labored creating things for yourself. You’ve struggled and tried to figure it out. You’ve laid your measurements like God laid His. You’ve determined that in order for the moon to shine the sun must be in place. So, you’ve set up your sun in your life and created your moon. You’ve established your stratosphere to protect your creation. You’ve secured your axis, but the Lord says, “The seventh day has arrived. It is time to cease from your works, the works that gratify you, even as I did.” When you truly enter into God’s rest, you will be moved to do only that which pleases the Father. The very essence of your being will be to reproduce sons for His kingdom. You’ll find the bone of your bone and the flesh of your flesh, and you’ll look inside and see that their heart cry is to know their God. You’ll take that heart cry and supply it with grace, which will produce the image of Christ; then you’ll bring it to the Father and say, here is another son for your kingdom of priests.
ONLY THE MATURED IN THE FAITH WILL ENTER INTO GOD’S REST. Only those who have ceased from all SELF-GRATIFICATION WILL SERVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD. This means your entire existence is to serve the purpose of the Father. Your job, your relationships, your plans, your desires and all that you are will have been offered up. The work of your hands are for the Kingdom. Your very thoughts are for the Kingdom. You have but one driving desire and that is to do whatever your part is to secure sons for the good pleasure of the Father. Dare to seek God in this mentality. Ask Him to help you take on this new disposition. For it is truly the will of God that you enter into His rest.
- Excerpt from the study guide “Entering into God’s Rest”. To order this study guide go to www.marybanksfaithlibrary.com