The reponse that prospera and prepares king

Elder Mynor Ávila

Tonight I want to talk about God´s goodness and the way in which He speaks and works in us.

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, [2] has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.

God always speaks to us in many ways because He has a perfect plan for each one of us. His purpose is to do us good, His desire is that we can reach the stature of His Son. He brings comfort to our hearts saying that there is a glory prepared for those who love Him. Therefore I believe that this year is crucial for the Lord´s church, this is a time in which we must grow in faith and work for Him.

The bible is full of examples that are very useful for us. Through God´s word we know what things please Him and what things He does not approve.

I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

To be able to enter the repose of God, we need to obey His commandments and put aside all the things He hates.

Ezekiel 16:4-6 As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. [5] No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born. [6] And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you in your blood, Live!

The passage above talks about a process that God prepares for His people, He started a work in our lives since the day we were born, and the good news is that He will conclude it.

Ezekiel 16:13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.

According to the Bible, the Lord guided Israel from slavery to royalty; His purpose is to take His people out of all kind of slavery and give them a land of rest, i.e., to become owners of His promises.

II Chronicles 14:1-3 So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years. [2] Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, [3] for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images.

Now let´s see the meaning of two words: the first is quiet, this comes from the Hebrew word shacát (H8252) which means repose, appease, rest, peace, stay still. The second word is Asa, which means healer. This shows us two things: first, when our leadership is willing to destroy all kind of idolatry, the peace of God will come upon His people. Second, we know that Christ is our healer, but this restoration will begin when we decide to obey His commandments, and then, the repose will come.

II Chronicles 14:6-7 And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the Lord had given him rest. [7] Therefore he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, 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 has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.

If someone wants to prosper, he first needs to be in order and reposing in God. Every Christian will make progress if his soul and his will are aligned with God´s will. Repose is being in peace with the Lord, then your relationship with Him will grow stronger and He will reveal His plans for you.

The word prospered comes from the Hebrew word tsalákj which means, to push forward.

Joseph is described in the bible as a prospered man, his name means: may He add, adding. Now, let´s see some events of Joseph´s life.

  1. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers when he was 17 years old.
  2. He was sold to the Ishmaelites.
  3. He was accused falsely in Potiphar´s house.
  4. His companion forgot him when he was a prisoner.
  5. He was taken to Pharaoh and was tested as an interpreter of dreams.

Genesis 39:1-2 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. [2] The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. [3] And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.

In this passage, we notice that Joseph was not a rich man, nor did he own anything because he was a servant. But the truth is that whatever he did prospered because the Lord helped him. Therefore, prosperity is when the Lord´s presence and favor is upon you, that is, when He enables you to do a certain work with His grace. I am not saying that prosperity is only limited to economic or material blessings, I believe that true prosperity is when your life and faith develop successfully before God.

Judges 14:5-6 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. [6] And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

I want to highlight the verb came, this matches the Hebrew H6743 which means prospers, push forward. Now let´s notice that this impulse comes from the Spirit of the Lord, therefore if the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you and enables you to do feats, then your life is truly prospered. In addition to this, if you are able to recognize and destroy your spiritual enemies, then you know that the Lord is on your side and your way shall prosper.

Judges 14:19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came (H6743) upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle.

Again we see how the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and helped him to kill thirty men; this shows us that the Spirit of the Lord is willing to give us the power and the strategies we need to achieve God´s blessing.

Judges 15:14-15 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. [15] He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.

The fruit of rest

Ancient Sergio Castillo

Gen. 1:31 (LBLA) “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day”.

Gen. 2:1-3 (LBLA) “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

Why God rested if He is not tired? He rested from all His work. All that God had created is good. God rested waiting the culmination of His work, of His process. The work that God starts in my life will be finished and will be finished perfect way.

Eccl. 11:6 (RVR 1960) “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good”.

Mark 4:26-29 (LBLA) “And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows – how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come”.

God is the sower and the seed sprouts and grows. Sower sleeps at the night and wakes up at the day. Sower has to rest. He sows the seed with faith. Sometimes we think the seed will not sprout, we can wait months or years till we will receive the fruit.

Luke 8:11 (LBLA) “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God”.

John 1:1 (LBLA) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

The seed that was planted into the good ground is the Word of God. The seed is good and perfect, the seed is the Word, is Jesus Christ. The ground is ready to give the fruit. We can rest because the harvest is guaranteed. Your nature is to give the fruit.

John 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”.

We are designed to receive that perfect seed and to give the fruit. The grain of wheat died, Jesus Christ died in the cross. God can rest because He saw a lot of fruits.

You are the good ground and you will have fruit. Because of that the sower rest and wake up, cause the ground will give fruit, with faith. We should fight but the harvest is guaranteed.

Song. 4:16 (RVR95) “Awake, O north wind, and come, wind of the south; make my garden breathe out fragrance, let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden and eat its choice fruits!”.

The Lord knows He will see his beloved perfect.

  1. First part of the process is the sheet. In Strongs dictionary G5528 says “garden” or grass.

Matt. 13:26 (RVR 1960) “But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also”.

  1. Heads of grain. In Strongs dictionary G4719.

Matt. 12:1 (RVR 1960) “At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat”.

Is. 50:4 (LBLA) “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple”.

Heads of grain can feed disciples.

  1. Mature grain. In Strongs dictionary G4621 says “grain” or wheat; G4134 says “mature”. It has coverage, knows authority.

Luke 22:31, 32 (LBLA) “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers”.

 

As mature grain we will resist the proof.

  1. In Strongs dictionary G2590.

       Song. 4:16 (RVR95) “Awake, O north wind, and come, wind of the south; make my garden breathe out fragrance, let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden and eat its choice fruits!”.

This is the final of the process. You will be as finished product, as sweet fruit.

Translated by Anna de Martinez

Repose without rest 2

 

Apostle Sergio Enríquez O.

There are in existence seven extraordinary miracles done by Jesus in the day or Repose among them are the healing of the paralyze man, the healing of a blind man from birth and the healing of the man with a dry hand, the miracle of the hunched woman among others. For these causes the religious people tried to kill Him because according to them Jesus did not keep the Sabbath´s day; but the most wonderful miracle being His own resurrection during a Sabbath day. The imperial church says that Jesus resurrected on a Sunday because they mixed the costumes of the cult to the sun in the far Orient called Mithraism, with the adoration to Christ, therefore they adopted a Sunday as the day of the resurrection. The day of Repose is a mystery, but it is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit understanding that it is a PRINCIPLE AND NOW A LAW.

In Gen: 2-7 God finish with creation but did not stop working; moreover, He created men, which means that when God is in His Repose He wants to lead us to perfection. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit since Paul the Apostle also says to the Galatians that by the works of the flesh is not possible to attain perfection. (Gal: 3-3) but it is possible by the Holy Spirit. God purposes for our life is perfection, it is not a Gospel of morals and ethics, but to be perfect, just as the Word of God reads; Let´s be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect.

Jesus tried to explained this to the Pharisees however, they did not want to understand because they did not want to open their heart to Jesus, meaning that not all who heard Jesus speak were obedient to His words, and therefore it does not depends on the preacher but the receptor, in such way that when we harden our heart God will not speak.

God wants to give to us extraordinary victories but, we should work, and to take in consideration that God is Who gives to us those victories, and let´s not be like Nebuchadnezzar who glorified himself, and a voice from Heaven turned him into a beast until, he did recognize that the Most High is Whom does reigns over all. In the first part of this study we learned that to repose is not the same as doing nothing, and that God is asking not to repose in various things such as: 1. we most end what we began. 2. Find out the function we have here on earth which God has designated for each one of us. 3. Redemption. 4. Put an end to idolatry.

Apo 4:8 And the four beasts, having every one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and inside: and without resting day and night, they say, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, Ruler of all, who was and is and is to come.

They did not rest from the adoration to God, and that is something we have to imitate from them, and that is with our obedience; adoration cannot be forced but when we are attracted by the Lord we do not desire to leave His Presence like John the Apostle, while in the Patmos Island was taken to the third heaven, being hours and hours in the presence of God.

Pro 6:1 my son, if you have made yourself responsible for your neighbor, or given your word for another,

6:2 you are taken as in a net by the words of your mouth, the sayings of your lips have overcome you.

6:3 Do this, my son, and make yourself free, because you have come into the power of your neighbor; go without waiting, and make a strong request to your neighbor. 6:4 Give no sleep to your eyes, or rest to them;

In the context of these verses is talking about a person who took responsibility for the neighbor´s debts, and the Bible says: don’t do such a thing, we should be free from all ties and we should not rest until we break all type of pacts and links with the past.

 

Sal 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Reposing without resting will push us to seek peace and keep it. God will not allow a trial without a way out, and when we admit to be wrong we must ask where the way out is. This peace has to be inward, then with our family and even with the adversary. Let´s not rest with these things and we will truly repose in our Lord Jesus Christ.                                            

 

 

Finding out what is necessary

Apostle Sergio Enríquez

ome of the first questions God asked include: “Where are you?”, “Who told you that you were naked?”, “Where is your brother?” God knew the answers, but He wanted to give the person a chance to discover what was in their heart. When Jesus Christ comes, He uses the same strategy: “Who do you say I am?” Sometimes the answers were very obvious, as when He asked a blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” The Lord wanted him to identify what he really needed. That’s the question He asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?”

The Bible says that God does not get tired or weary, so why did He repose? Many people believe that they know what they need, but they don’t know it; that’s why Jesus asked. The Bible says that the Lord will give rest to all of those who are weary and burdened by taking His yoke (a burden). Then repose is not the same as rest. As in the example of the blind man, the Lord shows us that many of us have needs, and we should ask based on that, but many people don’t know what they need. What many of us need is repose, and during that time, God will give us everything else.

John 3:1-7 (BLB) says, “And there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Him by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one is able to do these signs that You do, unless God should be with him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus says to Him, ‘How is a man able to be born, being old? Is he able to enter into the womb of his mother a second time, and to be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless anyone be born of water and of the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God. That having been born of the flesh is flesh, and that having been born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not wonder that I said to you, ‘It is necessary for you all to be born from above.’’”

In this passage, the Lord had not said the word “necessary” before the last sentence. This shows us that when He says “truly, truly” means it is “necessary”. We don’t need what we think we need, but what the Lord says we need.

John 6:53 (ESV) states, “So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’”

The Lord’s Supper is not a ritual; it is necessary. The Church was first Jewish, then became Jewish-Gentile, but when it spread throughout the world, it became Gentile. The pagans had very bad habits and the apostles had to fight against them. Both the pagans and the Jews tried to introduce their customs into Christianity, and the apostles had to establish order. If there is no order, there is no repose.

If we sin and eat the Lord’s Supper, 3 things can happen: we become weak, we get sick, or we die. We cannot simply avoid eating it; let’s remember that the above verse tells us that it is necessary.

John 8:51 shows, Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

If we are Christians, we cannot die, because the death was already defeated. If at all, we might sleep; someone said that a cemetery is a dormitory. However, this verse tells us that maybe we don’t even sleep. To keep the word, we must first know it, and if we do, we will never see death.

John 10:1 says, Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.”

Christ is the door, the Church is the sheepfold, and we are the sheep. Anyone who does not enter by the door is a thief. Only through Christ we can have salvation. The Bible says, “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me”; “and whoever comes to me I will never cast out”; “no one comes to the Father except through me.” Our message must be the same as that of John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” It is necessary for us to announce that Christ is the door. The fact that we were born in the Church does not make us Christians; we are Christians if we open our hearts to Christ. We may think that good works can be “another way” to have salvation. If we believe that by our merits we can be saved, we are insulting the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Jesus knew that he was going to be tortured, but what worried Him most was that, for a moment, he was going to give up His son’s status to give the father more children, so He said “if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”, but it wasn’t like this. This means there isn’t another way to be saved except through Jesus Christ.

Repose without rest

Apostle Sergio Enríquez

The repose is one of the most complicated subjects. Many did not understand that Jesus was the Lord of Repose. This happens because we try to understand it with our mind, rather than spiritually. If the Bible says that God does not get tired, why did He rest?

John 5:8 (ESV) says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, take up your bed, and walk.’ And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’”

John 5:14-15 states, “Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.”

The Lord wants to heal in the Year of Repose. The verse above shows us that sometimes diseases are caused by carelessness and other times are the result of sin.

John 5:16-18 shows, “And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I am working.’ This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

God will perform miracles in us in The Year of Repose. There are some people who only repose the body, but not the soul. However, there will be repose for the Lord’s people. The Bible calls it sacred repose.

1 Corinthians 7:30 says, “And those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods.”

Let’s remember that God brings life from death and light from darkness.

Mathew 12:5 states, “Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?”

The Lord came to destroy the religion of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and He will do the same in His second coming.

Numbers 23:24 (ESV) says, “Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.”

There is no omen or witchcraft that can affect the Church. Jesus Christ said that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. Nobody can prevent His will. We can’t stop going throughout the world and preaching the gospel. God has designed us to repose but not to rest. The repose of God does not mean that we should remain static. We can repose knowing that God will provide, but we should continue working for our goals.

No one can enter into repose if there is no order. Therefore, we must order our life and our house since God will not rest until blessing us.

The first thing that we should do to repose without resting is to finish what we started. Finishing what we started will give our soul repose.

Judges 15:7 (NLT) shows, “‘Because you did this’, Samson vowed, ‘I won’t rest until I take my revenge on you!’”

The purpose of Samson was to eliminate the Philistines. Why did we born? Our presence on earth is not accidental. We have a divine plan that we must discover. We can’t repose without first knowing why we came to earth and fulfill our function. If we do not fulfill our purpose we will be unhappy.

Ruth 3:18 says, “She replied, ‘Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.’”

Jesus will not rest until He redeems us if we truly repose in Him. Let’s leave the impossible in the hands of God and wait. The Lord is working in our life and in that request that does not let us rest.

2 Chronicles 31:1 states, “Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession.”

We should not rest until we put an end to idolatry. A crack in our armor can cause death. We can’t follow a movement or a man. The glory, the honor and the praise is only for our Almighty God, and we must follow Christ only. Let’s put everything we have at the feet of the Lord. Nothing and no one can take the place of God.

Before the day of Repose

Apostle Sergio Enriquez

 

I would like to talk to you, focusing on the perspective of the Year of The Repose, and the things that happen before the Repose. If we’re not prepared for what’s to come, for the things God’s prepared for us, things are going to come to us but we won’t be able to enjoy those things because we’re not prepared. If there is a time of draught, it won’t affect those who were prepared. But if the year of abundance comes, says Jeremiah, people won’t be able to take advantage of it because they’re not prepared for the abundance. The bible says that the Lord will pour down the spirit of Grace, the Grace is already here with us, but there is a new pouring down of this spirit, and the Lord promised that this spirit will come, that we should place our entire hope in the spirit of grace that will come before the manifestation of the Son of God. A period of time will come where the Grace will be poured down on us more than ever before, this is written in the first book of Peter 1:13. Now, many won’t be able to assimilate this grace. Right now the Lord has placed us in a prophetic cycle of repose. And this cycle has come the same way the grace will come, but some may not be able to access to these because they don’t know how. There is always something that has to happen before (in preparation of) the cycles we’re about to enter.

TLB Exodus 16:29 “For the Lord has given you the seventh day as a day of rest; stay in your tents and don’t go out to pick up food from the ground that day.”

The sixth day the Lord gave them food for two days so they would rest the seventh day, so to prepare for the seventh day they had to “work double” on the sixth day, they received double on the sixth day.

KJV Exodus 16:5 “And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”

We can now say, that to be able to rest, to repose, you need to have twice as much as usual, if not you won’t be able to enter to the day of rest.

KJV Isaiah 40:2 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

This verse is preparing us for the day of rest. This is for us, our battle is over, the Lord is speaking to us as a church, as the body of Christ, our fight is over, and that’s the true repose. We’ve received of the Lord’s hand double, He had already paid and double for when we sin before knowing Christ and after in our daily walk in the Lord.

We need to make sure that we have double portion. We know that Jesus Crist paid double for our sins, that’s the first double portion, but we also need other double portions to be able to enter the cycle of repose.

AMP Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.

Here we see that we also need to be comforted. The one who was sent to comfort us is the Holy Spirit, the comforter, Jesus was the first to comfort us, and the Holy Spirit then came to comfort us, so when we’re filled with the Holly Spirit we get a double portion of comfort.

AMP Isaiah 61: 1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me
To bring good news to the humble and afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted,
To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives
And freedom to prisoners,



To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God,
To comfort all who moruno,


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To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following:

To give them a turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning],
The oil of joy instead of mourning,
The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.
So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God],
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

So if we are comforted by the Lord, He will grant us joy, praise, and other blessings. If we receive God’s comfort, the double portion that He wants to give us, He will also give us other gifts while we rest in Him. He wants us to turn our sorrow, our tears into rivers of living water.

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Crist is double portion, double blessing, the Apostle John captures this and writes about this:

AMP John 1:51 Then He said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man [the bridge between heaven and earth].”

The angels are ascending first, that means they’re among us right now. Before being able to rest in the Lord, to enter in the repose of the Lord, we have to be able to see those angels of God that are among us to protect us and to be a blessing to us. And we have to be able to understand that the angels of God have been sent to accompany us in many ways in our lives.

There are so many testimonies that have been shared with us, and many experiences that we’ve had, where angels of God have been taking care of us, or ministering to us, and not only testimonies that we’ve heard but also we’ve read about it in the Bible. The Bible says that Joseph saw angels even in her dreams, and there are many times the Bible mentions angels of God doing different things. The Lord has sent His angels to benefit us, and for us to have a double portion of blessing to be able enter His repose.

 

Promises of the Lord in the Day of Rest (Sabbath)

Brother Jorge Dominguez.

Exodus 31:16 Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever.

It is important to know that only the people of Israel keep the Sabbath, the day of rest; this means if we belong to the Lord’s people we shall keep a rest in our lives because we are called to be sons and daughters of the Lord.

Romans 9:8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

We as sons and daughters of the Lord have to communicate the good news to all; now well as this year is proclaimed as the Year of the Repose; it is good to know that this is time for this period of our life as a promise for our life. And become sons and daughters of light and blessings for others. As sons and daughters of the Lord we evolve as:

  • Sons and daughters of the Kingdom.
  • Sons and daughters of the Day.
  • Sons and daughters of the Promise
  • Sons and daughters of Peace.

1 Chronicles 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.

In our families, when we have a sons or daughters maybe we focus only in how to provide our children with material things but it is necessary to provide them spiritual things, and minister them along their lives peace to their lives.

Isaiah 32:18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Sometimes we need to find a shelter, in this verse it is described a shelter of peace. As our congregation is a place of peace in which our souls feel at ease but also our homes should be places of rest.

Ezekiel 45:17 It shall be the prince’s duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.

We are princesses of the Lord therefore we must carry the peace in everything we do and of course in our offerings. In the Bible we read that the Lord Jesus performed many miracles during the Sabbath; as He healed the hand a crippled hand (Mark 3:5) this is a promise to have our hands healed and be able to give with no problem.

Exodus 23:15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. None shall appear before me empty-handed.

When we present ourselves to the Lord we must be in our best presentation, and give the offerings the Lord requires from us; we do not have to present to the Lord empty handed. (Exodus 35:25) described how the women present with their product of their handcrafts. This is why the Lord gives us wisdom to be skillful and use our skills for the Lord, we shall work hard during this year of Rest.

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.

The Lord promises that we are going to use our hands to put them to others and bless others, maybe someone who is sick, and the Lord uses us to perform miracles. Another miracle the Lord performed during the Sabbath we read it in Luke 13:10-12 when He healed a crippled woman who had a hunchback therefore she was looking at the ground; sometimes when we have a huge load over our backs we only look at earthily things and we tend to see how others walk, but when someone is healthy and walks properly toward our Supreme calling.

Genesis 18:2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth.

With His promises we face up, as Abraham look and then he saw provision for the holocaust Geneses 22:13. When the Lord heals us we are able to see the supernatural provision that come from the Lord and not to look the things we need but we can surely say the Lord will provide and say with all of our heart and mind.

Psalms 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

John 5:5-10 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk. “And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”

The Lord asked the crippled “Do you want to be healed?”; today the Lord asks us if we want to be healed, but the crippled instead of answering he gave an excuse, as some of us could say, but the Lord asks us just to be obedient, and be healed physically but also heal our family, our economy but what the Lord wants from us (Psalms 37:5) to return to His way the Lord will heal our legs and walk in His ways and this miracle was performed in the Sabbath, other things the Lord wants from us is to (Psalm 50:23) give praise and honor to the Lord.

John 9:4-7 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. “Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Here we see how the Lord gave sight to demonstrate the power of the Lord; this year the Lord wants to give us back our spiritual sight, because when we lose our sight we do not move forward and stay in the same, and we will see how the Word of the Lord comes to our life and becomes alive a Rhema because many of the miracles we read in the Bible will happen in our life this year of Repose; but we want to answer the Lord: Yes I want to be healed. AMEN!

  

Preparing ourselves to enter the Repose

Pastor Vinicio Castillo

When we do a little bit of research to understand the meaning of the word repose, we first go to the dictionary, and the definition is: a state of rest, sleep, or tranquility. Therefore we could think that repose means that we don’t do anything. But this is the way the world sees this, but the definition that God has of the word repose, or the definition that we should have when it comes to the Lord’s repose has to be different than the worldly definition.

When we go to the scriptures, we get a better image of what the Lord’s repose is and how to be able to experience it. We also see that in the scripture talks about repose and measures it in time measurements, also in people,

Facets of the Repose

  • Time
    The 24 hours Repose (Leviticus 23:3)
    The Extraordinary Repose (Leviticus 16:31)
    The 365 days Repose (Leviticus 25:3-5)
  • People (Matthew 11:28,29)
  • Place

 

In this Bible verse in Matthew 11:28,29, the Lord is telling us to come to Him to find repose, He’s not stablishing a time frame, He says “come to me” no matter when, what time, or anything, but He’s telling us to come to Him to find repose.

The Repose in regards to a Place:

AMP Deuteronomy 12:8,9 “You shall not do at all what we are doing here [in the camp] today, every man doing whatever is right in his [own] eyes. For you have not yet come to the resting place and to the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you.

It is evident that Moses is talking about Canaan, and he refers to this place as a place of repose, of resting, and when they get there, there is going to be a change in their lives. Since Canaan is a Land of repose, I would like for us to read the following verse:

AMP Joshua 5:2,3 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make for yourself flint knives and circumcise the [new generation of the] sons of Israel as [was done] before.”  So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at [a]Gibeath-haaraloth.

Joshua had the assignment to lead the people to the repose, but before that he had to circumcise the sons of Israel, and he also had to also experience the Passover.

AMP Joshua 5:10,11 While the Israelites camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.  On the day after Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened bread, and roasted grain.

The Passover is a figure of the Holy Supper, of Communion. This is a preparation to enter to God’s repose.

To us, this means that our hearts have to be circumcised and we have to participate in the Holy Supper.

What we eat is very important, this statement is clear when we see what the people of Israel ate when we were slaves, and how the Lord changed their diet when He set them free. The same thing happens with us spiritually speaking, through the Holy Supper the Lord changes “our diet” for us to be able to “eat” different meals and reach the level we have to reach in him –the maturity- in order to accomplish the things He wants us to accomplish.

AMP Joshua 6:1,2 Now Jericho [a fortified city with high walls] was tightly closed because [of the people’s fear] of the sons of Israel; no one went out or came in.  The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the mighty warriors.

After the Passover, they were able to conquer Jericho. The Lord told him “See, I have given Jericho into your hand…”, so after eating the Holy Supper, God will give us – place it in our hands – Jericho.

This city was “tightly closed”, there are areas –situations- in our lives that seem to be “tightly closed”, but after we circumcise our hearts, and participate of the Holy Supper, the Lord will give us victory over these areas, we’ll have to fight but the Lord has already given us the victory – into our hands.

So the one thing we must do is to recognize this “tightly closed” areas/situations in our lives and declare victory over them, but only after asking the Lord to circumcise our hearts and after participating of the Holy Supper, only by doing that, and by fighting the battle that has already been won, we will enter into the repose God wants us to experience.