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Need A Rest? (10 of 48)
These verses actually area a continuation of the second warning or exhortation passage in Hebrews. This passage began back in the 3rd chapter, 7th verse. It goes all the way from chapter 3:7 through 4:11. The warning here is against the deadly danger of unbelief. The children of Israel were guilty of unbelief. God had given them a promise about going into the land of Canaan. God had told them, "This is your land. I'm going to give this land to you." They got right upon the edge of it and because of their unbelief, they turned back and wandered for 40 years in the wilderness.
The problem was unbelief. That's why in the 3rd chapter, 12th verse we are warned against an evil heart of unbelief. Down in the 18th verse we are told that they did not enter into his rest—those who did not believe did not enter in. In verse 19 we are told again that they could not enter in because of unbelief. It is lack of faith which keeps us from entering in to all that God has for us. That's why there are some wilderness Christians and that's why there are some Canaan Christians. The difference is faith. The difference is putting our trust in God. That's why in verse 1 of chapter he says, "Let us therefore fear." He means by that "let's learn the lessons. Learn from the mistakes of those Israelites in the wilderness. Don't let that happen to you. Let us fear. Let us be anxious. Let us be very concerned lest a promise being left of us entering in we would seem to come short of it." He is saying -don't let unbelief keep you from entering into the victorious Christian life which is available to you. In fact, he says don't even SEEM to come short of it.
I read about a little girl who fell out of the bed. She said to her mama, "Mama, I fell out because I slept too close to where I got in." A lot of us fail because we stay too close to where we got into the Christian life. We get in, but God wants us to go all the way in. God wants ...
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