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by Dottie McElreath

I had a Sunday School class to teach about two years ago and I had a general idea of what I wanted to teach, but God dropped into my spirit and changed my mind or maybe I should say He arose. He told me to tell them to enter His rest and I didn't have the slightest notion of what this encompassed.

I searched the scriptures and found little of this subject and I continued on to church and told them what God had said. He also showed me my pastor standing at the door with his foot in the air preparing to enter His rest. I thought my pastor would surely know what this meant but alas I, as usual, had more questions than there were answers.

Since that experience I have striven to learn all I could about this subject entering His rest, entering the Holy of Holies, the Holy City of Jerusalem, plus Shiloh and Beulah Land and the Garden Of Eden.

Have I whetted your appetite yet? What's in it for you? How do you get there and why aren't people teaching on this? Well, they are, first one and then another and another. This is a mystery revealed. If you don't understand, in time you will, but in God's time. Now walk with me please for the love of it.

When God invites man to enter his rest it is an awesome invitation, not to be taken lightly. To enter His rest is to cease to yearn for earthly pleasures. This does not mean to cease to want to eat or to see or buy pretty things; it simply means that it won't be a priority in your life anymore.

There are many people at these times that have entered His rest and many are preparing too. Do you know any? Probably, but they have no reason to announce it or may not even know what to call this special place in the spirit that they have entered. You see, this new person won't have an ego to pet or a need to gather followers to make them feel complete. There will be a sense of peace; a contentment about them that is out of place in this world and this sense of peace will pervade their house and possessions. Worry won't darken their door; but will they announce it? No, unless prompted by God to reveal this to you. As more and more people enter this place there will be such a move of the spirit that the world will literally turn upside down in the spirit. Wake up my brothers and sisters. Awake and Arise, for this is the Day of the Lord. Deuteronomy 3:20-22 Until the LORD have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which the LORD your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you. {21} And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest. {22} You shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.

So here we see that fear will not be a part of our lives because He will fight your battles even, sometimes, when you didn't know there was one. Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

Here we see that we will live in safety. Any promise made to anyone in the Bible also applies to us if we are called by him for that particular calling. God is not a respecter of persons meaning that if He qualifies you for a job He will equip you and His promises are the same to Joshua as they are to you. He will do what He says He will do. His words will not return unto Him void. Joshua 21:44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

What has God told you concerning your children? Have you had doubts about His promises coming to pass? Lay these doubts to rest now and rejoice in this new day. Joshua 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

When God says to tell them to enter My rest, you can be assured that it is there for you. 1 Kings 5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.

This would be a fairy tale if this was promised by any other than God. In the insecurity that prevails in our lives this is a heaven sent promise. 2 Chronicles 14:7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

So we see that not only does He fight your battles, delivers your enemies into your hands, gives you peace, but that you also prosper in your land. Would it not be a relief to know that our financial situation is in God's hands and that we don't have reason to be concerned about it? Job 11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

Hope is the spirit that is almost as strong as love. Hope will sustain you in the face of defeat and camp around you as you enjoy your rest. Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.

We are in bondage to the powers that be and we are stopped on every side by circumstances beyond our control. It is such a relief to just rest and let God handle everything. Isaiah 14:4-7 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! {5} The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. {6} He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. {7} The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.

Are you ready to sing? Are you ready for the new day in the Lord? Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.

I am weary with this life that I have heretofore seen and I am ready for the refreshing to take place. As a summer rain refreshes the gardens so shall this spirit be as God's people enter His rest and be assured many will because they have paid the price and are even now receiving the promise. Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Hebrews 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. {6} Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: {7} Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. {8} For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. {9} There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. {10} For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. {11} Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

To enter His rest is a very real place and it is open to a precious few. YOU are not the first to receive the invitation and you assuredly will not be the last but to desire this you need to learn of it and this is the goal before me, to teach you who are called of God. Come, enter His rest....

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