44 But I say, love your enemies![r
] Pray for those who persecute you! — Matt.5:44
Jesus is the difference-maker. Not just the fact that He is the only person ever resurrected to eternal life but in the way we think and live. In every aspect of life, His view was diametrically opposed to the views of the world and of the flesh. The law said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. Jesus said to not only love our enemies but to show that love by praying for them. How often do we fervently pray for our families, friends and neighbors, much less our enemies? But I don’t have any enemies, you say. Even here, Jesus has a different view. If the world and those that hold worldly views are not our enemies, then they are our friends and that makes us an enemy of God. James 4: 4-7 NLT The Holy Spirit that God has placed inside us does not agree with sin in any way. Those around us that would tempt us to disobey God are our Spiritual enemies. If we can’t resist the temptations they offer, they will lead us into destruction, That sounds like an enemy to me. We must pray for them fervently and continuously and for ourselves to have the Spiritual strength to resist the devil, humble ourselves before God and accept His definition of sin and the enemy.
1 Now, since God has left us the promise that we may enter his rest, let us be very careful so none of you will fail to enter. 2 The Good News was preached to us just as it was to them. But the teaching they heard did not help them, because they heard it but did not accept it with faith. 3 We who have believed are able to enter and have God’s rest. As God has said,
God is waiting to show you the way.
“I was angry and made a promise,
‘They will never enter my rest.’” Psalm 95:11
But God’s work was finished from the time he made the world. 4 In the Scriptures he talked about the seventh day of the week: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the Scripture God said, “They will never enter my rest.”–Hebrews 4:1-5 (NCV)
In Exodus, when God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt, His plan was that they would enter into a land of milk and honey. They would eat crops they had not planted, drink water from wells they did not dig, and live in houses they did not build. In other words, God had prepared a place of rest for them. Because they were stubborn and refused to believe that God could and would deliver them, they disobeyed again and again. God became angry at their disobedience and refused to allow any of that generation to enter into the land of Canaan except for Joshua and Caleb. These two men had shown faith in God when all others refused to believe, thus they were allowed to enter into the land of rest. God’s plan was for man to work six days and then rest, just as He set the example in His acts of creation. His plan is for us to enter a period of rest when we leave this earth and then to reign with Him forever. But for us to enter that land of rest, we must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Just as God showed grace to those in the Old Testament who believed, He shows us grace through faith. The difference being that He was the perfect sacrifice forever and there is now no need for another sacrifice of any sort. As believers, our place in the land of rest is assured by the blood of Jesus.