Are you weary of living a defeated, fruitless life?  

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He that abides in me and I in Him brings forth much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Is a Christian life achievable in which it is no longer you but Jesus Christ living through you – doing the work, bearing fruit, accomplishing His purposes, allowing you to “prosper in whatever you do”?  

Many people in the world can be described by the terms – stressed, overworked, on the edge, near the breaking point, about to snap, “don’t know how much longer I can keep going”.  When my wife went to get her recent annual physical the doctor asked her questions like:  ”Are you discouraged?  Do you feel depressed?  Are you fearful?  Do you feel overwhelmed?”  Her doctor asks these questions each year to evaluate her patient’s mental health and stability. 

As believers, God has made a victorious fruitful life possible without having to live in constant stress and fear of failure.

The letter to Hebrews talks about the nation of Israel being promised a land of “rest”.  The Promised Land was a place they would have to do hard work like building houses, clearing ground, planting crops, raising families.  But it would be work that God would bless and enable.  It would be work that was refreshing, rewarding, fruitful since it would be work that God would be doing through them.  

Hebrews also promises that such a land of promised “rest” was not only for Israel but also for us as believers.  

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

- Hebrews 4:9-11

It is a rest in which we have work to do, but can learn to live in a way that to allows God to set the goals and accomplish His purposes through us.  “For he who has entered His rest has himself ceased from his own works…” (Hebrews 4:10)  Paul said that it was no longer he who was living but it was Christ living through him.

 

The history of the nation of Israel from its birth to its settlement in the Promised Land has a parallel for believers today. 

God in His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge designed and recorded the history of Israel in the Bible in such a way that it is a perfect illustration designed by God to teach us as Christians how to progress in our journey from the time of our salvation to the point that we enter the land of Promise for us which is the place of God’s will.

When Moses told the nation at the Red Sea to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13), that is very much the way God desires the believer to live. 

In this age, we have the Holy Spirit living in us and empowering and enabling us to accomplish the work God has designed us individually to accomplish during our time on the earth.  Instead of a life of striving in the energy of our flesh trying to please God, He wants to live through us.  Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing…” (John 6:63)  Paul said that God has chosen very weak and helpless people like us to accomplish His great, significant and powerful work so that “no flesh can glory in His presence.” (1 Cor. 1:27-29)

If you desire such a victorious life…

…then this series entitled “From Bondage to Rest – Keys to Fruitfulness” is for you.  We will observe how God orchestrated the deliverance of Israel from its bondage in Egypt to its rest in the Promised Land.  We will at the same time observe how Israel’s deliverance teaches us how we as individual Christians can progress from the state of bondage to Satan and our sin nature to a life of glorious rest and fruitfulness – in the Promised Land of God’s will for your life.


To hear more on this subject, listen to Pastor Rowley’s sermon series, Journey to the Promised Land, and check the blog for futher posts in the upcoming months.

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