It’s up to me
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Hebrews 4:1-4 (NKJV)
Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 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. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Wait. Did the writer of Hebrews just encourage me to fear? Uh, I thought we were NOT supposed to fear. What about all the “Fear Not” scriptures? Let’s look into these verses and see what our Father is telling us.
It says that the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them – them who? In this passage, the writer, assuming the reader is familiar with the Old Testament scriptures, refers to the children of Israel’s deliverance from Pharaoh. At that time, God gave them a promise to give them the land of promise.
In Numbers 13 and 14 we read that Moses had brought the children of Israel through the wilderness and to the edge of the promised land. He appointed 12 men to enter the land and report back. The Word of the Lord was to go and possess the land. As a great leader, Moses wanted to make a plan and leaders don’t make plans without the facts.
It was the will of God that those people enter that land. The men who had gone into the land saw how good it was, but they said, “it is impossible for us.” Think about that. God, who had already done amazing things for them, said, “I’m giving you this land” – but they did not believe it.
It may seem astounding for us to imagine that people who had walked on dry ground through the Red Sea, traveled under the shade of cloud during the day and had a pillar of fire over their camp at night could say, “…No, I think this land project is too big for God.” Nevertheless, in Numbers 14:2 the people of Israel said, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!”.
Joshua stood up and said, “Do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us…” (Numbers 14:9). What was the people’s response to Joshua’s encouragement? They wanted to stone them!
The epistle to the Hebrews was written to Jewish believers so the account of the generation that perished in the wilderness would have been well known. The point for both them and us is this: just because God had made a promise, just because God had supernaturally made the way, just because the people were able — they did not receive.
That is sobering. Is it possible that something could be God’s will for us, yet we live and die and never receive it? Yes. That is why Hebrews 4:1 says, “…so we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it.” (TPT) Notice that, “… we must…”
You see, just as the children of Israel had to act on the Word of God and possess the land promised to them, we too must act on His Word. How? How do we act on God’s Word? Act like the Bible is true. Act like what God’s Word says is more true than whatever is trying to say that His promises won’t work for you.
We cannot be passive in any area of our life and expect to be successful. Don’t fall into the trap of passively waiting for God to make a change in your circumstances. Verse 3 of Hebrews 4 says, “God’s works have all been completed from the foundation of the world…” It is up to me and to you to ACT like it’s so.
God has already done amazing things for us. He redeemed us, made us new creatures and the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16,21) Contained within every promise of God’s Word is all the creative power necessary to bring it to pass in our life. It is up to us to ACT like it’s so!
The number one way we ACT on God’s Word is with our words. What “… promise remains…” for you? What is it that God has promised in His Word but you have yet to see in your life? Find those verses and speak them out loud. Keep them in your mouth today.
Don’t stay out of your promise any longer. It’s up to you. Act like His Word is more true than anything or anyone that tries to tell you it’s not!