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God created everything, and rested. He doesn't have to create food for you to eat or air for you to breathe. He created the earth in such a way that the trees clean the air so there's a perpetual supply of oxygen. God doesn't have to create anything for us. He already anticipated all of our needs, and He's already made everything. Now we have entered into His rest. We are benefiting from all of the things that God created when He anticipated the needs of the entire human race.

This is one reason I strongly disagree with the people who say that we're destroying the earth. Really, it's a slap in God's face to think that man could overwhelm, overtax, and destroy this earth He's created. Take, for instance, Mount St. Helens. Scientists said it would take ten thousand years for this mountain to regenerate. Within three years, Mount St. Helens has done what they thought it would take ten thousand years to do. The earth has the ability to regenerate and cleanse itself. A polluted stream will purify itself in a short period of time if you just stop polluting it. This secular, ungodly attitude has exalted man to the position of god, and God has been eliminated or significantly decreased. They don't realize that God anticipated everything we could ever do.

This earth isn't going to be destroyed by us. God will destroy it with a fervent heat. We aren't going to destroy ourselves.

God anticipated everything. He made all things, and we've just entered into His rest. We are benefiting from what God created thousands of years ago. It's already complete. All we're doing is reaching out and appropriating what God has already provided. That's what the Sabbath was a picture of.

In this New Testament age, we now have the reality that the Sabbath only pictured. We are resting and trusting in what God has done through the Lord Jesus Christ. We now have a relationship with God, and He's already provided everything we'll ever need.

Before you ever needed healing, God had already healed you.
By whose stripes ye were healed.
(1 Peter 2:24)
You don't have to ask God to heal you. You don't have to do something, and then, in response to your action, God heals you. No, healing is already provided. All you have to do is just reach out, take it, and say, "Thank You."

You don't have to ask God to bless you. The Lord has commanded the blessing upon you in everything that you do. Before you were ever born, before you ever had a need, the blessing of God was already on you. You don't have to beg God for supply. Just rest in Him and trust, saying, "Father, I know You've already met my needs." This rest is what the Sabbath portrayed. This is the rest spoken of in Hebrews 4.

Very few Christians today are resting in what Jesus has already provided. Instead, they're operating with the mind-set that they have a problem and they need God to do something. They're waiting on God to create, to move, to do something new to meet their need. They don't understand that God anticipated their need. They aren't resting in the Lord, as Hebrews 4 describes.

"Father, It's Done"
After saying all these things, the writer of Hebrews said:
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
(Heb. 4: 10)
In other words, for people who have entered into this rest, they have ceased trying to make God do something. They've ceased trying to get God to bless them. They've ceased trying to earn His favor. And now they are just resting in the truth that, through Jesus, God has already supplied everything. In the same way that God created everything and now He doesn't have to create new plants, animals, or people today because they simply propagate as a result of His original creation, the Lord made a new creation—and that's us.

Labor to Rest
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Cor. 5:17)
We are a new creation in our born-again spirit and in this creation, when we need to be healed, God doesn't have to heal. Healing is already in the spirit part of us—that new creation. When we need to be prospered, God doesn't have to prosper us. He has already commanded blessing and prosperity into our spirit man. He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Now in the new creation through Jesus, everything is already done.

The key to the Christian life is learning how to rest. Trust that Father says it's done. My bankbook may say I'm broke, and I'm on verge of bawling and squalling. I may have a strong desire to start praying, fasting, and doing something to make God move. But I’m going to rest and trust His Word. His Word says that He has already supplied all my needs. He's already blessed me. He's commanded His blessing upon me. I am blessed above all people. The Christian life is learning how to rest, not how to work and do something to make God move. That’s what this passage is talking about.

Andrew Wommack Ministries
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Andrew Wommack
Web site: Andrew Wommack Ministries
 
For more than four-and-a-half decades, Andrew has taught God’s Word with clarity and simplicity, emphasizing the unconditional love and grace of God. His vision is to spread the Gospel as far and deep as possible through his daily Gospel Truth television and radio programs, broadcast nationally and internationally. Andrew founded Charis Bible College in 1994 and has established more than seventy Charis locations in major American cities and around the world. Much of his extensive library of materials is available, free of charge, at www.awmi.net.
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