DAY 6: THE HEALING CHALLENGE
Our Bible reading for today is Hebrews 4 :1-66 (The Passion Translation) with a particular emphasis on verses 1 -11.
The Faith-Rest Life
4 Now the promise of entering into God’s rest is still for us today. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. 2 For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word. Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. 3 For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest! For he has said,
“I was grieved with them and made a solemn oath,
‘They will not enter into my rest.’ ”
God’s works have all been completed from the foundation of the world, 4 for it says in the Scriptures,
And on the seventh day God rested from all his works.
5 And again, as stated before,
They will not enter into my rest.
6 Those who first heard the good news of deliverance failed to enter into that realm of faith’s rest because of their unbelieving hearts. Yet the fact remains that we still have the opportunity to enter into the faith-rest life and experience the fulfillment of the promise! 7 For God still has ordained a day for us to enter into called “Today.” For it was long afterwards that God repeated it in David’s words,
“If only today you would listen to his voice
and do not harden your hearts!”
8 Now if this promise of “rest” was fulfilled when Joshua brought the people into the land,[f] God wouldn’t have spoken later of another “rest” yet to come. 9 So we conclude that there is still a full and complete Sabbath-rest[g] waiting for believers[h] to experience. 10 As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them.[i] 11 So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.
12 For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy,[j] like a two-mouthed sword.[k] It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone[l] and marrow meet![m] It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. 13 There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before his eyes, to whom we must render an account.[n]
Jesus, Our Compassionate King-Priest
14 So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest,[o] Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty.[p] 15 He understands humanity, for as a man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.[q] 16 So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned,[r] to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen[s] us in our time of weakness.[t]
A mighty weapon against the wiles of the enemy is rest.
What is rest?
The revelation I received about spiritual/divine rest is that to rest is to believe. When you enter into God’s rest, it means you believe God.You essentially have faith in God. Let me give an example from the Bible found in the book of 2nd Chronicles Chapter 20. (Please read the entire chapter) It’s a story I love so much.
In this story, three enemy camps came to attack Judah. The King of Judah at the time, Jehoshaphat, called a fast in Judah so that they could seek the Lord. They cried out to God and He responded saying:
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” –2nd Chronicles 20 :17 (NKJV)
The next day the Bible says “So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” –2 Chronicles 20: 20–21
The Bible says in verses 22 to 24: “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.”
How is Rest Connected to Worship?
For the longest time, I always believed that the key to Judah’s breakthrough and deliverance was because they praised God. So, I felt that once you praise God, you would receive answers to your prayers or your breakthrough. The thing though, is that it is fruitless to dance and sing and worship and praise if in your heart, you don’t believe what God has told you. It is when you believe that you receive answers to your prayers. This is evident in the story of Jehoshaphat which I had never realised.
Notice that God never told Jehosaphat to praise Him. He just said “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”–2nd Chronicles 20 :17(NKJV)
They entered into God’s rest. How do we know? They believed. First of all, immediately Jehoshaphat received this word, he worshipped God. It means he believed. The Bible in verse 18 and 19 says:
“18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.”
The fact that they worshipped God is evidence that they believed the word of the Lord.
Then Jehoshaphat told the people of Judah in verse 20 “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
Then the next morning they went out to war and praised saying:
“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”
Again, it is because they believed that they had the courage to go out to war. In fact, they didn’t just wake up to go out to war but they put their musicians in the front line and began worshipping God. This means they truly rested in the fact that God would do what He said He would do. They stood still and saw the salvation of the Lord. Rest is truly worship. Therefore, praise and worship are evidence of belief which is rest.
As powerful as physical rest like sleep is to your emotions, spiritual rest is even more powerful because without spiritual rest you can’t even sleep. Spiritual rest precedes every other form of physical rest.
If you are able to rest physically when the whole world is in overdrive mode then you are truly wealthy. If you have spiritual rest then you are one of the wealthiest people on earth.
In your time of rest, whether physical or spiritual, this is when you connect with the Father and receive from Him. Just like a butterfly. When you see a butterfly lying on a flower, it is resting and receiving energy from the sun for flight. It can’t receive energy for flight when it is busy flapping its wings. When you rest, you go further.
As we learnt yesterday, Jesus was able to sleep on the boat even in the midst of the storm because He had divine/spiritual rest. He trusted that God would protect Him and fulfill His promises to Him. He knew He hadn’t fulfilled His purpose yet so He could not die on that boat. He slept (physical rest) because He had spiritual rest.
We have a promise of rest in Hebrews 4: 1-11 (The Passion Translation). Please read it again.
Man’s first full day on earth was on a day of rest. Man was created to operate from a place of rest. God brought man after He had finished His works. He created man after He had finished His works so that He could spend time with Him. A day in the Hebrew culture starts from 6pm. Therefore you are to start your day sleeping and resting.
True spiritual warfare is fighting to stay in a place of rest i.e. belief.
As we continue the healing challenge we must believe everything that the Lord has told us. We must believe His promises concerning us that we are healed and made whole. We must believe that we would be healed in this healing challengeThen we show evidence of our belief by praising and worshipping Him. As we praise and worship we would see the manifestation of the victory Jesus already gave us on the cross of Calvary.
- Look for more scriptures on healing and peace and write them down. Meditate on them and the ones you wrote down on Day 3 and Day 5.
- Look for more bible stories where Jesus healed and meditate on them
- Keep declaring the scriptures and promises of healing you wrote down in day three of the challenge, keep asking for more of the Holy Spirit, continue to cover your self and your situation in the blood of Jesus and do all of these in the name of Jesus
- Praise God and dance before Him like you have never done before and like you truly believe that you have received your healing. Please join the Hallelujah challenge at 11.59 pm tonight on YouTube or Instagram. Follow Pastor @nathanielblow on Instagram to participate.
- Worship Song recommendation : Be Still by Travis Greene ; While I’m waiting by Travis Greene featuring Chandler Moore ; Wait on you by Elevation Worship & Maverick City ; Lean Back (feat. Amanda Lindsey Cook and Chandler Moore) – Maverick City ; The Story I’ll Tell (feat. Naomi Raine) – Maverick City Music ; God Of Midnight (feat. Aaron Moses) – Maverick City ; Isaiah Song (feat. Chandler Moore) – Maverick City; Never Leave (feat. Naomi Raine & Alton Eugene) – Maverick City ; Yes and Amen – Pat Barrett | Bethel Music & Housefires