Hebrews 4 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
We must pray when we read Scripture, so we can allow our faith to be
MIXED with what we hear.
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;
5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” , Psalms 95:8
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
We must come to Him DILIGENTLY so that we are not like those who are disobedient.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
We must allow His word to adjust our HEART.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We must come to Him BOLDLY, seeking His throne of grace which comes only from our High Priest which is Jesus.
As we look at Hebrews 4 you will see it broken down into 4 areas. These are challenges to us and each part requires us to do our part. The first is to make sure when we hear His Word we mix it with our faith. In hearing His Word, we need to listen, to trust, to believe in His love as we receive His love in faith.
To receive His love, we must also come to Him diligently. Put your complete trust in Him. Know that He has so much prepared for us yet there are times we miss out on all He has for us. We miss out not because of Him, but because of us staying in our comfort zone, or maybe just living in fear of coming to Him completely.
Coming to Him completely requires us to allow Him to show us His love by adjusting us. The Scriptures will adjust our hearts and that is beautiful and also a blessing. Too many times we look for a Scripture to fit us, but instead we are to allow His Word to shape us as we read and reflect. In allowing Him to shape us we will know His love and become more loving in our journey.
In our journey as we grow we will then learn how to come to Him boldly. As we come to Him boldly we will be able to receive and understand His mercy and His grace. He does want us to know that His mercy and grace are there for us because He loves us that much. His love does show us we can trust His compassion.