Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
I was thinking today how wonderful It is to here the voice of God. I was listening to a Ricky Skaggs song called “Reasons to hang on.” The female artist singing declares that we want to hear the voice of God because he will tell us to hang on. And that is the main thing that I love to hear God tell me. He always says, “you are going to be fine, just hold on, just believe, you can do it.”
Our God is the greatest cheer leader. He believes in you and he believes in his destiny for your life. We need to hear his voice because he will tell us all about ourselves. As a prophetic person in ministry I have people come to me all of the time asking me if I can pray for them. Essentially, they are wanting to hear God say that everything is going to be fine in their lives, with their jobs, health, finances and that their family is going to enter into Christ and his blessings. They want to hear that in Christ their lives are going to be fine.
The essence of Christianity is that God is going to give his peace to us through the work of Jesus Christ. His abiding peace is the desire of all our lives. Whether we realise it or not the gospel of peace is what all of us (the great and the small, the rich and the poor) are searching for. The peace that we want in the earth is the peace that we want in our heart, but do not have. In Christ he has made a way for all of us to enter rest. It is by faith in God and in Jesus Christ.
I have learned to activate the rest of God in the moments of my greatest trials. When fear comes upon us and it most certainly will we have a choice to make. Will we trust God during the trial and connect to his rest or will we let the waves of hopelessness and despair overwhelm us and wash us into negativity.
We really do have a choice. We can connect to thoughts of God or to the thoughts of fear. I often find myself amid a trial seeking God’s presence. I will say something like “God where are you right now?” I will then pause and wait upon him. Inevitably he comes like a wave of peace into my heart and I know this means I will be fine, or that this trial will come to an end.
It doesn’t matter how great the storm seems to be it really isn’t anything for our God. I have met people who should have spent their lives in prison because of the things that they did when they were young. And yet, God kept them out and they went on to live very fruitful lives, many of them becoming ministers of the Gospel leading others into the wells of God’s abiding rest.
He has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Our job is to believe this. And when the trials come to continue to believe.
We have to live thankful in all things. When bad things come we must thank God. When my body is not feeling well I thank God that at least I am alive. I am thankful for the breath that I breath. I am not saying that I don’t wish to be healed or to be healthier but at least my God is with me even in my poor condition.
My mother told me a great story today. She talked about a woman that she works with who is dying in her group home. My mother has worked for almost thirty years with person that are disabled – autistic, brain damage or down syndrome. She has great compassion for them and has lead many of them to Jesus and their families.
My mother asked this dying lady if she had Jesus in her heart. The little woman said yes, and that she was at peace. The lady really encouraged my mother and said that she had the rest of God in her heart. This ladies family are professing agnostics and atheist. My mother went to them and told them of the conversation that she had with their dying sister.
The agnostics began to cry and took great solace and comfort in the words of my mother. The very next day one of the ladies brought my mother their mom’s bible for my mom to read to this lady upon her bed.
Our God is the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Just rest in God today. I pray for you and ask the Lord to help you to enter into his peace. His peace comes supernaturally just like any miracle that he sends our way. I declare that you shall have that peace and that you shall become a man or woman of peace. Many will seek you out for the peace that is in you and you will minister that peace to them all.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning