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Traditionally, the church has conditioned Believers to think that being a Christian is hard work, with nothing but trials, tribulations, heavy loads and burdens. It has geared people to believe, “This life ain’t worth living, this world is no good, and thank God, hallelujah, one of these days, we’re going to heaven and we will be at rest.”

If you are a Believer, you ought to be at rest. If God’s plan were for Christians to enter into His rest when they physically died and went to heaven, then the most logical thing would be that once a person got saved, he or she would drop dead. You do not enter God’s rest by dying, however. You enter His rest by living.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The reason the Christian life has traditionally been hard is that people have insisted on doing things their way instead of God’s way. A Believer can do things his or her own way, and God will let that child of God labor in his own strength. But as the farmer commented, “It is a hard row to hoe.”

Jesus said that if we take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, we would find rest for our souls. That is interesting. If we would think about the biggest challenges that we have had over the years, we would realize that those challenges have been soulish in nature. There are really very few spiritual problems. Most of the things we would call “spiritual problems” happen for one of two reasons. They manifest either from our not doing what God tells us to do in His Word, or from our taking some action He warns us against taking. However, when it comes to the soul area — the area of the personality, the area of the psyche of man — that is where we have all sorts of aberrations and hang-ups.

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article courtesy of TheStreamingFaith.com/Dr Frederick K. Price

Daily Devotional: “How to Enter God’s Rest” By Dr Frederick K Price  was originally published on praisecleveland.com