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August 7, 2021 8:00 pm
"...and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed” (Joshua 13:1).
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Now Joshua was old and stricken in years. And the Lord said to him, our old and stricken in years, and they remain at the get very much lands to be possessed in verse seven now therefore divide this land for an inheritance onto the nine tribe and the half tribe of national noting in this message that we are resting, resting because of God's gift of grace resting because of what he has done for us the world so working not trying to obtain salvation, but because is given to us out of love and gratitude will faithfully serve chosen by God.
Ephesians chapter 1 verse four according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love with everything to do with our election that took place before the foundation of the world before we had being in ourselves and was God's sovereign pleasure to make choice of the people and to give them to his chosen by God. Chapter goes on to say that were redeemed by price seven in whom we have redemption through his blood and the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his. We can have anything to do with redemption. Jesus Christ treads the winepress of the wrath of God alone. He went to the cross willingly laid down his life, shed his blood paying the price. This necessary in order for us to have peace with God. Hebrews chapter 13 verse 28 speaks of the blonde of the everlasting covenant.
Just as I was a covenant involved with Israel receiving the land of promise was a covenant involved in us receiving salvation. The covenant described as the everlasting covenant of grace between the father the son and the Holy Spirit. The father make an choice of a people. The sun redeeming them in the spirit calling in chapter 2 of the book of Ephesians verse five we read, even when we were in Shannon's past quickened us, quickened us together with Christ by grace your say he quickens your dad and Shannon, you could raise yourself no dead man is ever gotten up out of the grave on activities free will. No dead center has ever been able to resurrect himself and come into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. So all of this is something that is been done for us by the grace of God giving us an inherent and then there is rest rest as we consider what has been done for us rest as we consider God's purpose in choosing us God's purpose in sending his son to redeem us the work of the Holy Spirit and calling us but there's ranks in coming to Christ the user's own words. Matthew chapter 11 verse 28, he says, to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. The written language conveys the thought of laboring to the point of exhaustion here somebody that's extremely weary and Jesus says, coming to me word comes warm and inviting work beautiful work that should come from the lips of Jesus semi-maximum. I feel so unworthy. Well the fact we are unworthy human nature… I feel like I know so little. None of us know what we would like to know what Jesus doesn't put up some difficult restriction.
It just says, clinically laboring your exhausted trying to make things right with God, trying to bring about a peaceful relationship trying to earn your salvation, your weary your laden. It has come to me. Jesus said in the 23rd chapter of Matthew, that there were those that made things even more difficult for those that were already burdened speaking of the Pharisees excited for they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be born, and laying them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one other thing said there were so many rules and regulations of the been added with the Pharisees of people couldn't even keep up with all much less be committed to observe them an impossible situation so person who's been struggling under the rule of the Pharisees are under the burden of the law.
Law only brings about condemnation. It doesn't bring about relief and to such Jesus says come unto me and I will give you rest.
Coming to Jesus means to believe on your company and I believe he's the one that can help think he's the one that can deliver me. He's on the can lift this burden. I trust him as my Savior. But as we ranks notice something else. There is work to do so while we ranks we work we take his yoke upon us. The 29th verse Matthew 1129 take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is that at first glance might seem like a conflict Jesus as coming to me and I will give you ranks and then immediately talks about taking on his yoke. The oxen had the yoke on them so they could labor together. So when we take on his yoke, it means there's labor for us to perform the work for us to do. But Jesus is the fault my yoke is easy and not burden is light. This is not the yoke of law service that burdened you down and bring to to despair, you're going to find joy in my service you going to be able to rest while you work. This burden on the yoke of Christ involve submission to his Lordship come to him.
Depending upon him believing in him trusting in him surrendering to him. I'm surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ whatever he would have been to do. I want to do it. First John chapter 5 verse three for this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous. This is the love of God. If you love God you prove that by keeping his commandments about his objections and commandment sounds too much like legalism. But this is workplace issues.
Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments, and John is reiterating here that evidence that we love God is we keep his commandments. And the fact is, his commandments are not grievous, not burdensome. They don't wear us down like commandments of the religionist of Jesus day and he says we are to learn of him learn of him, the more we learn of him, the more we learn about him. The more we learn of his teachings. The more we learn of communion and fellowship with him, the greater our joy, the greater our blessing, the greater our rest, so we rest in him.
While we were we learn we learn to possess our session so we ranks we rest in him because we understand that the initial work is God's work. We just quoted. Ephesians 28 and nine and then verse 10 says for we are given workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. So the same God who saves us by his grace works in us we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. In order to work, so person to get the idea. Salvation is by grace if it's a gift what God does for me. I just spoke to heaven on the flower bed of these next totally contrary to the teaching of Scripture as you find rest in Jesus Christ. Then you find joy in his service blessing and peace and serving him to be alert in our service role in this 1311 says, and that knowing the time that now it is high time to awake out of sleep over talk to somebody little sleepy and groggy with the attitude I believe God has saved me and I will live in heaven someday but I don't really do much concerned about what goes on in this immediate situation that is awake.
It's time to time to awake out of sleep for now, your salvation nearer than when we believe the night is far spent the day is at hand. Let us, therefore, the evil works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. So there tends to be a little sleepiness. Just a little grounding you're not alert and not wake you're not zealous you're not committed are not active in the service of God hears the call to get out of that sleepy condition.
See, there's there's workforce to do. Yes, when Jesus Christ died at the cross.
He defeated sin, Satan, and death.
But Satan is still active. The test fatal blow has been dealt than one day Satan will be captured of the bottomless pit and will suffer there forever, but right now we still have the old Adamic nature.
Even though your new creature in Christ Jesus still had to make sure is that the flesh still has to be dealt with and Satan is our great enemy.
First Peter 58 says be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walk is about, seeking whom he may devour you to do about the spent time talking about it that's dreadful to think about… A real adversary. That's kinda frightening to think he's going about as a roaring lion is not just roaring to be making annoying to see, seeking whom he may devour westerly response whom resist steadfast in the faith you resist. You don't just acknowledge his existence.
You don't just pray for protection you resist it. Resist the well you resist looking at those things that he would bring before you. That would stir the lust of the flesh, you resist him, but not involving yourself with those that will influence you and lead you down the wrong path you resist him by not reading a lot of material that becomes evident to use the promoter of it. Resist the devil, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Christian's journey is not a smooth path where there's no conflict, the enemy must be resisted.
The enemy is real and that's why would you want to see that in Ephesians chapter 6 we are told to be prepared, be prepared for the warfare. This this reservoir. If you say I'm following Jesus Christ. I believe I'm a Christian, but you haven't been awakened of the fact that there is a war going on you in a dangerous place please and 16 find my brother and be strong in the Lord and of the power of his might. That's key how you going to be strong, not in yourself because in ourselves we are we going to be strong in the Lord in the power of his might therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil devil uses all kinds of trickery and subtle attempts to deceive and confuse and lead people down the wrong path. You need to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, this and this is a major situation here. This listed just something on the little local level between you and some of the things that might distract you where where we wrestling against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. You see that why you need the strength of the Lord, you need his blessing to be able to stand while he's provided something for you to be able to stand successfully. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand stand therefore read that passage you can't overlook the fact that three times. He said stand he's contending for you not to cave in. Not to give up not to fall but the stand stand stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace and above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you should be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked. Satan is going to hurl fiery darts darts of the cause you to doubt and fear and trembling, worry, but you need to have the shield of faith that you can withstand them and take the helmet of salvation, that which will influence how you think having your mind renewed as we are told in Romans chapter 12 verse one and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We need desperately. Not just prayer. Paul goes on to talk about the importance of prayer in that same passage, but we need the word of God to guide us to influence us to permeate our thinking so as we work in his kingdom. We find rest we find rest in what he is done.
He's made us a new creature. They may be in Christ is a new creature own things are passed away behold all things are become new. They delivered us from the bondage in which we were held by nature. Romans 613 says for sin shall not have dominion over you for your not under law but under grace doesn't mean that the old nature is eradicated, but it means it now by the power of the Holy Spirit in you, you're not a slave to sin. I don't have dominion over you, so we rest. We rest in him because of what he is done.
We arrested him because of his ongoing work, not just what he did for us at the cross and what he did for some regeneration, but he continues to work in us. Philippians 212.
Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trim so I just read that without seeing the rest of the passage, and I come to the conclusion looks like salvation is not the grace after all you got work tomorrow. You got to attain. But notice the race for it is God which worketh in you most willing to do of his good pleasure work after salvation God gives to the salvation and now your to work it out work it out. Understanding you're not on your own, not left to your own strength plans ingenuity, but God is working in you is not encouraging the works in you most willing to do of his good pleasure. You have a desire to serve him. You have a desire to honor him that very desire is a result of his work. He worked in YouTube with antic to so it's not just a matter of talking about is what I believe it is what I already knew what to and you're able to do it as you enable by his power and his grace we rest in his promises. I said earlier that God gave a promise to Joshua that enables him to have peace and rest in his own mind and heart as he went out of the back.
And that promise was I will never leave you or forsake in God is given you that same promise. Hebrews chapter 13 verse five.
I will never leave the nor forsake the so sometimes this battle gets rough sometimes Satan has been our accuser casters down many things come to discourages but here's what holds us up high, says the Lord will never leave the matter what I will never leave the room for 60 never reminded in first John 44 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
Sometimes it looks like the world has the upper hand.
You observe what comes your way through the media, for the most part these days and it's very contrary to the truth of God's work very troubling and disturbing, but here he says he that you and you the spirit of God living in you is greater than he lives in the world.
And furthermore we rest in this labor because we know that the labor is not in vain. Nothing more frustrating than to have attached a perform and get nowhere.
Just think this is a total waste of time. But what will I do not get involved in this anyway but you see in this matter of serving God. You have the assurance that your labor is not in vain for squinting 1558 therefore, my delivered brother. Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, not just attic halfheartedly, but abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Joshua chapter 11 verse 15 so did Joshua.
He left nothing undone of all the Lord commanded Joshua didn't leave anything whatever had been commanded of the Lord through Moses, and that which came directly to him as well it performs it and complain about it even murmured it is hard this is… Morning handle Lord had to give him unusual strength. Think about him.
On one occasion we read where he was traveling all night. The train was rough. He was going uphill all night to get to the bottom so he was ready to fight the enemy the next morning God was with him and God's promise to be with us when we do explicitly what he has enjoined us to do the headpiece and rest in knowing what he was doing was not in vain.
It was pleasing to God and in heaven we will enjoy rest while we work.
This message resting while you work. I would like to think about being a time of rest and it will be Revelation 1413 Blessed are they that time the Lord from henceforth gave save the spirit they may rest, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow, so it's clearly indicated that that Robin have the rest from the labors that they were involved in here, but just please look around clown get bored doing nothing. Revelation 715 says therefore are they before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. And he that sits on the throne shall dwell serving day or night, but it's not a wearisome task is not something that the longing to be delivered from yes there is ranch at the end of the journey.
When we finish our labors here, but there is perfect joyous labor that we will perform even in heaven with him says old land of rash for the ISI.
When will the moment come when I shall lay my armor by, and well with the will were two Jesus calls will work till Jesus come and will be gathered later version.
Words got changed from work to wait. I don't know somebody thought might be confusion here, and if we leave the word work and some I don't think you're working your way to heaven. Well it's not by works of righteousness that where Seybert according to his mercy, but there is a place for work.
So Saul was original form is perfectly acceptable will work till Jesus, yes, we walked along for that time to be at rest with him. Old land of rash for the side so the fact is that we both white and work were waiting in fun anticipation enjoys that Jesus Christ is coming back. We rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
We rest in the fact that his work was a success. We rest in his promise that he will return. But while we're resting where working over there.
We will indeed lay our armor, Bob constantly no more baskets there will be work, but no more battles will serve the great King, Jesus Christ, all the battles over no more attacks, but joy and peace in serving him forever, that we today possess our possessions find that peace that Jesus speaks of coming to me all that labor and are heavily high will give you rest lay we rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ rest in the promises of God rest in the fact that he is working in us both women to do of his good pleasure, but work diligently working out our salvation willing to serve and sacrifice every day that we live to live, to the praise and glory of Jesus Christ and the father we thank them for the truth of that word. Pray that that would help us to apply them as well rejoice in new in the gospel to know what great things that was unfortunate that we find ranks as we rested. Jesus Christ, but we may we never become complacent, helpless to be alert and zealous in serving and working impacting to the glory and praise of that name here is for Jesus sake, a man that dad will be reminded even the Old Testament God brings his. According to some services rendered right to bring honor to take time to likenesses we next Bible of 1777, Cincinnati, OH 45272 next week. At the same time in the Lord richly bless you all my love about to come to you under the direction of Sarah Buckley Junior was all mailed to the Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217 Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217