Present Truth Part 7
Last week I stated that In order to benefit from Jesus’ saving work of judgment we must be in constant agreement with God (see I John 1:5-10). I also stated that in order to be in constant agreement we must worship the creator 24/7. This is because in Matthew 6:24 Jesus said we either worship Him, the God of creation or we worship mammon (money), the god of this world. In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus tells us that those who worship Him will only have one concern in life: To seek first His kingdom by reproducing His righteousness in their lives. That is because this is the mindset that puts us in the kind of relationship where Jesus can add all that we need and desire to us (see Matthew 6:33). In Psalms 37:3-6 we are told the same thing Jesus said in Matthew 6:24-34. It says it this way:
37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Those who worship God will enter God’s rest because they will cease from their works and depend on Jesus’ promise and power to supply all they need and desire, including their righteousness. Those who worship mammon will take thought for their lives and work hard because they do not trust and depend on Jesus promise and power to supply what they need and desire, including their righteousness. In Luke 9:23&24 Jesus tells us that those who depend on His power to supply all their needs must take up their cross daily and lose their lives for His sake. In Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul tells us what happens when we do this:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Emphasis supplied).
Before the apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus he depended on his own works to supply his needs and desires, including his righteousness. However, notice his testimony after he experienced the power of lifting the cross of Christ:
3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ, 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Emphasis supplied).
Notice that Paul said he counted all the things he accomplished in his strength as worthless dung so he could continue to experience more and more of the power and righteousness that comes as a result of being made conformable to Jesus’ death (being crucified with Jesus daily).
In summary, those who worship mammon will depend on their works 24/7 to supply their needs and desires: Those who worship God will cease from depending on their works and depend on Jesus to work in and through them by allowing Jesus to crucify them daily (This is daily surrender of the will. For in-depth information on how to surrender you will to Jesus daily click the Book Store tab of this website and purchase the book entitled: Surrender: The Secret to Perfect Peace & Happiness).
With this understanding we are now ready to look at the connection between Revelation 14:6&7 and the fourth commandment found in Exodus 20:8-11. In the meantime, I leave you this powerful truth to ponder and pray over:
4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Emphasis supplied).