Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

The true sabbath rest


Hebrews 4:8-9 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath- rest for the people of God; 

Our plight in the hands of life's trials and challenges may make us become susceptible to the misconception that the rest promised by our Salvation is one which the riches and the material blessings of this world can give....we are wrong. If we need any wake up call on this, this is what this scripture verse sensitises us to. 

The body of Christ have been assaulted by waves of doctrines which whether by design or not appears to point men and women to a place of rest here on earth...we must thread carefully here or else we open ourselves to an illusion.

Even though Joshua led the people into the Promised land….Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey the very symbol of earthly and material blessings, nevertheless we are told that he could not give them rest in the land. In the midst of the material blessings which the land promises, they still could not find rest. This is the rest which only the true salvation which only the Saviour of the world can give and it was out of their reach... It was out of their reach because they were still debtors to sin and prisoners to their carnal nature. 

Now, there is a reason why a man may gain everything here on earth, and like King Solomon, such would still feel empty within...it is because such is yet to come into that rest that is on offer through the salvation promised in Christ. Are you saying that material blessings are not good or what? No that is not what am saying, for the truth is, God out of his generosity has given us all things to enjoy, but they are not limited to material blessings alone.

The scripture reminds us also, that in Christ we have been blessed with all manner of spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Coming into material blessings without the spiritual blessings would continue to deny us the promised rest in God, such a man no matter how rich he may be in terms of material blessings is still perceived as poor and such cannot come into this rest. Therefore when material blessings become our sole focus and driving force for coming to Christ and for seeking God, and when such pursuit is done at the expense or total neglect of the spiritual blessings that are available in Christ, then it becomes a distraction and it loses its true intent and the very purpose why it was given. It is at that point that i would say it's pursuit has become harmful and detrimental in our quest for the assured rest promised in Christ.

There is the one question we must always ask ourselves in our pursuit of material blessings....at what time does it become detrimental to my pursuit of the rest that is promised in Christ? In the quest to answer this question , we must allow the instruction given to us by our Lord be our guide.

Mathew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore, the message here is a simple one, the rest that is promised is not found in material blessings else Joshua would have given them rest in the land that flowed with milk and honey. Now although material blessings have its place in our daily existence its pursuit must not be done at the expense of the true rest that is on offer, because this rest is not found in material blessings alone.. Rather it is found in the great salvation which our Lord promises, one that is available in the kingdom of God and accessible when a man becomes truly born again. To become born again is to be spiritually regenerated, to be spiritually regenerated is to become heavenly minded and conscious and to be heavenly conscious is the beginning of the assured journey into the rest that is promised in Christ.