Freedom Ministries Fellowship Notes
The Blessings Chase Us – We Don’t Chase The Blessings
Praise and Worship: 10 minutes:
Testimonies: 5 minutes
Review: The Blessings Chase Us – We Don’t Chase The Blessings
As we saw last week, Jesus is our Sabbath rest, jubilee and restoration. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “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. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” The Israelites didn’t enter into the Promised Land because of unbelief. God had promised the people that they would inherit a land flowing with milk and honey. They would live in houses they didn’t build and drink from wells they didn’t dig. In other words, they would enjoy the work of someone else. They didn’t have to work for the land; they simply had to receive their inheritance. The only thing that kept them out of their inheritance was “it was too good to be true.” They didn’t believe the promise of God.
The author of Hebrews is telling us not to make the same mistake as the Israelites. Jesus has provided the true rest for every believer. We can enjoy the finished work of Jesus instead of us trying to earn the blessings of God. We simply enter into Jesus finished work on the cross by believing it is true. When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” everything we will ever need for a life of victory, health and success was finished for us on the cross. God desires for us to trust in the work of Jesus, not our own efforts.
Hebrews 4:10 tells us to cease from our own works. This does not mean that we are lazy and don’t work in our businesses or careers. It does mean that God has promised to bless whatever we put our hand to. So how do we know whether or not we have entered into His rest? Are you striving in prayer or trusting in your own efforts in order to be blessed or healed? Or are you confident that Jesus has already accomplished everything you will ever need? God has promised to provide for you, heal you and bless you. So when trials come up we can stay in rest. Because Jesus has already finished everything we will ever need on the cross, we can simply pray, “Father, I’m trusting in you that this problem has already been dealt with.”
Under the Old Covenant, men had to perform in order to be blessed. This was called works. Today, God has commanded the blessing on us because of Jesus’ work on the cross. Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” The words “shall follow” are translated as to run after, hunt down, chase and pursue. In other words we don’t have to chase the blessings, the blessings chase us. Praise God!
Prayer: 10 Minutes:
If there is any situation in your life that needs prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to pray through you for that situation. The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God. It is the perfect prayer and is always answered!
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Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Amen