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Testing & Tempting
by Dottie McElreath

The term entering his rest actually means letting go of your life and entering a new life in God. It is more than salvation, or ministry or operating in the gifts. It is completely beyond anything you've seen yet. Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

To enter his rest is the reward on earth in your physical body, through the spirit, manifested in the physical realm and it is the ultimate state of being in God.

Forty days or forty years is the symbolic testing and tempting of everyone who has a life in Christ. Most people stay in the testing stage and never enter into their rewards and there is a most definite reward. If you know that there will be an end to this testing and tempting stage then it is easier to endure. Exodus 16:35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

The children of Israel were fed bread just as you are and this will sustain you but it is not the fullness that was promised. The children were instructed to gather it for six days and rest on the sabbath. They did this until they entered the Promised Land and there is no record that they ever gathered it again and so it shall be with us. There will come a time when you have entered into his rest or His Sabbath that you won't need to be fed daily but you will be so filled with the spirit of God that you will be daily feeding others with an endless supply.

Deuteronomy 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

As you look back on your walk with God, has he not always met your need? He will sustain your life as your carnal self learns obedience and you will learn to walk by faith just as the children of Israel had to learn to do. He knows how hard this is to do because we have been taught from a small child that you earn what you want and the idea of just receiving just because he loves you is a totally different concept. The abundance of his blessings are held in store for you so to speak until you can receive it. To enter this Promised Land we must learn to rely on God for everything in life. This does not mean not to do a physical job if he has given you one but a job that God gives you will not be a chore it will be a blessing to do, so if you are caught in a job that is dragging you down then rest assured that it is not all there is. Look up for your redemption draweth nigh. Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

To enter this Promised Land is to enter the Heart of God so do you see why you must go through this and why your blessings are reserved for you when you have endured and still held on for the prize. Mark 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

After Jesus endured this temptation by standing on the Word of God he was nevermore tempted by Satan. When he was delivered from this temptation he came forth in power over Satan. Have you not read that if you resist Satan he will flee? Why would he flee from you if not because he knows what you can do to him when you have power from above. 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

An escape is made for you and he will not allow more on you than you can stand. If he stays uppermost in your mind than the victory is won. Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Help your brothers and sisters in Christ when you see them be tempted or you may also be tempted.

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.

Seem to come short, as in appear to not measure up in our own eyes, not in the eyes of God. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies in the spirit. We continually feel that we just can't be clean enough for God to truly say, "Enter in my good and faithful servant", but we can if we just let go of ourselves and let God reign. Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, {2} Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

You have an invitation to sit down with Jesus at the right hand of the throne, the right hand is the side of power, If you are sitting in the right hand of power, what great things can God use you for? He says to him who overcomes, is that someone you?

Are you not resting on God in this same way in the spirit and in the flesh?

Hebrews 12:22-25 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, {23} To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, {24} And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. {25} See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

God has brought you to the entering in and the only thing stopping you is you, so what are you waiting on? Enter. Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

This Holy city is one that even the disciples sought as evidenced by Paul above and we can see this is in the spirit by the fact that Jerusalem (Paul was in Jerusalem when he wrote this) was there for him but it was the carnal or physical city not the one He was seeking.
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