Today's devotion is from Hebrews 4:9-10
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
FIGHT OR REST?
To some, the Bible may seem to contradict itself and cause some confusion regarding this very important question. In 1 Timothy 6:12 we are told to “Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold onto eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Then in Hebrews 4:11 we are told to “be diligent to enter into His rest.” How do you fight and rest at the same time?
1 Timothy 6:12 talks about the “GOOD FIGHT.” There is a big difference between a good fight and a flesh driven fight. Flesh driven fights are filled with stress, pride, anger, strife and fear. No one can possibly enter His rest while engaged in flesh driven fighting. There is however a good fight that is not flesh driven.
The good fight, as referred to in 1 Timothy 6:12 is a fight of faith, and rest is the highest level of faith.
After being compelled to be diligent to enter into His rest in Hebrews 4:11, in verse 14, we are encouraged to hold fast our confession of the living, powerful and life giving Word. Confessing the good confession is fighting the good fight. This kind of fight leads to peace, joy, faith and rest. It keeps our focus on the finished work of Jesus and reminds us that we are more that conquerors in Christ.
Father, thank You that Jesus has already defeated every foe, and that He has already given me everything I need for life and godliness.
I enter into His rest now, and I cease to rely on my efforts.
The only fight that I fight is the good fight of faith. Regardless of circumstances, I hold fast to my confession of faith, in Jesus Name!