RUN DON’T REST
Memorise: For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:14; Read 1st Kings 13:7-14; 7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 17:10-19:18, 1st Corinthians 11:17-12:11
In today’s Bible reading, we have a very sad story of a young prophet sent by God to the city of
with strict instructions. After he delivered the message, he took a different
route homewards as instructed by God. But along the way, he felt danger had
passed and so he decided to take a rest. While taking his rest, an old prophet
came by, lied to him and convinced him to return with him. He obeyed this old
prophet and eventually met his death. If only he had delayed his rest, the
false prophet would have come looking for him without finding him. Just as it
happened to this young prophet, resting too soon has terminated the Christian
race of so many believers. In some races, we sometimes see a contestant that is
running so fast, leaving other contestants far behind. For the contestant
ahead, there is always the temptation to relax, reduce speed and to take the
rest of the journey easy, due to a false sense of having won the race already.
Many a contestant has yielded to such temptations and got the shock of a
lifetime. You will do yourself a lot of good to know that on earth, while on
our way to Heaven, we have no resting place. For this reason, Hebrew 4:9 says: Bethel
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
What the devil or your flesh is suggesting to you as a rest is actually meant to activate your spiritual death warrant. Our rest in Heaven is eternal, and this is partly to compensate is for the no-rest race we have to run on earth. If you want rest, wait until you get to Heaven.
Sometimes ago, I visited
While there, a brother shared a testimony that made me weep inside. The old man
testified that some time ago, a particular man of God who was highly anointed
came to Australia .
People brought their dead and they were raised back to life. Within one week,
there were ambulances bringing in dead people to the crusade. I could recall
this particular man of God. He started very well and was mightily used of God,
but along the line, he began to bring in some strange doctrines. He said all
that was needed now was only faith; there was no more need for fasting,
holiness, etc. He did not end up very well. Beloved, since you have started the
race, focus on it and continue to run. Receive all the grace that you can
muster from the Lord and continue running the race. Refuse any proposal to slow
down or rest, as this is meant to terminate your race. Australia
Father, let me never encounter the rest that would terminate my race to Heaven, in Jesus’ Name.