Kings – Experience Rest
October 30, 2005
Kings – Experience Rest
What it feels like – Yesterday I interviewed Dan Gaub. He’s in Network Marketing and has the financial and schedule freedom to pursue the desires of his heart. He does work hard, but only on things he’s interested in. I’ve been between engineering jobs for 3-6 months twice in the last couple of years. We used the first vacation to write Releasing Kings. During the second I had time to dream and pursue some new ideas. It was wonderful. Now I’m back to work 45-50 hours a week and I can feel the contrast of lifestyles. Do we have time to enter God’s rest?
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. Heb 4:8-11
– I want to describe spiritual maturity (rest) in this way; having the time and resources to pursue your heart’s desire. This is a stretch for most of us because it doesn’t sound very spiritual or sacrificial. Stay with me for a moment and let’s go back to Hebrews and read the very next verse.
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:12-13
My Heart (good or evil) – Most of us understand “dividing soul and spirit” as separating the two entities. As a result we generally view our spirit as good and our soul as bad. That’s the foundation for mistrusting your heart’s desire. The false theology goes something like this. “My spirit is the organ which connects me with God and everything good and pure and holy. My soul is a sinful culprit which must be constantly monitored for its naturally inclination toward evil.” Thus my nature is unnecessarily divided into two warring camps.
Let me throw in a personal note here – Most pastors are surprised to learn how many in their congregations struggle with bi-polar issues or multiple personalities. I was. HELLOOOO – it’s because we preached division of soul and spirit from the pulpit.
– What this verse is really saying is that the word of God penetrates and divides our spirit and it penetrates and divides our soul as well. We need to discern both our soul and spirit. Reread 1 Cor 14:29-33, “The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.” In other words I use common sense and knowledge of God’s word to judge prophecy. My soul is helping judge my spirit! Paul is teaching a very healthy balance between soul and spirit. In summary, our heart’s desire and spirit can reflect exactly the heart of God. However, we must discern both as we mature and learn to distinguish between good and evil. I want to point out that it’s not that hard.
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so. Heb 5:14-6:3
Find the Life
– Let’s not keep relaying the foundation. Instead, Let’s go on and build the Kingdom. It starts when we understand that the will of God and our heart’s desire can be exactly the same thing. Here’s the key – that integration defines rest! Here’s what it feels like. Instead of giving your life to 1) a job you may not enjoy; 2) a position that won’t multiply financially; and 3) an environment that’s not conducive to ministry; go on to real spiritual maturity. Find the entrepreneurial outlet God has for you. Take the risk of finding the space where you are really pursuing the desires or your heart and finding financial abundance at the same time. You won’t really be at peace or find entry into your land until you do.
Nurture your heart’s desires
– Most of us have taken some timid foray into our heart’s desire and gotten burned. Not too surprising that the enemy wants to keep us out of our land is it? Be healed in Jesus name. Let the loss you experienced be restored 7-fold and contend once again for God’s best. One of the primary purposes of spiritual warfare is to simply guard your heart. Don’t let the enemy steal the desires of your heart. They are holy. They are your ticket to rest and a wellspring of life. They will connect you to God’s purpose for your life.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov 4:23
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.
John & Harold
PS: John is going back to the Netherlands in November 7-15 to minister in several churches and at a national Full Gospel Businessmen’s convention. Pray with us that Kings will be mightily released. The Netherlands is the Harbor of Europe and a spiritual gateway to the nations. It’s very strategic that God is taking us there. Plus, the Dutch are wonderful people who have already embraced our message and ourselves with open arms. We’ve actually fallen in love with the people and the nation.
The full story is in our book Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace.
Regarding this particular article, Harold has written excellent book entitled Spiritual Realities – Vol 3, Escapting Dualism. It’s Short and very worthwhile.
If you enjoyed this article you might also like “Marketplace Ministry from a Pastor’s Perspective.”
Several friends have made helpful recommendations for book and tape series that I found enlightening. Visit We Recommend on our web and check out “Things I’ve Read Lately.”
PS: Send us your feedback! We get lots of interesting emails at “You Wrote Back”
Progress – Kingly Bio’s are Up
We’ve completed the first round of interviews with Kings. These are real people that have been blessed by God in the Market Place and have hearts for ministry. Check it out at http://www.releasing-kings.com/Interviewing-Kings.html. If you have a success story, we’d like to post it by giving you a web page on our site.
Progress – A Teacher’s Guide
We’ve completed the first version of a study guide that targets those teaching the material in Releasing Kings. It includes a page of notes on each chapter, all the graphics suitable to make overheads, and a PDF file of the book with the key points highlighted that includes marginal notes, comments, and questions. This material is available for purchase on the teacher’s guide page of the web.
Harold and I have both been hesitant to “market” this book… sounds self-serving. Here’s the “grassroots” reality. God has given us a great tool to communicate a message that sets people free in an amazing, contagious, life-changing way. If you haven’t read it – get it. If you have read it – give it.http://www.releasing-kings.com/Ordernow.html
We’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback on the newsletter too… get it, give it. Reloading Seniors was powerful. Pass the link on.http://www.releasing-kings.com/Newsletter.html
PS: don’t forget to look at the free reports – show your pastor the article on marketplace ministry from the pastor’s perspective. You can simply email him this link or print a copy to give him. http://releasing-kings.com/pastors-perspective.html