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How do we “rest” in God?

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.  Now we who have believed enter that rest… Hebrews 4:1-3
            The Book of Hebrews discussed this idea of “rest” in two chapters.  The writer talked about the idea of Sabbath rest and how it applies post-Jesus.  He compares salvation through Jesus Christ to Sabbath rest.
Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience… Hebrews 4:6
            Obedience brings rest because the person is no longer striving against God.  A person trying to please God through obedience never rests either, always working harder to be accepted in God’s eyes.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.  Hebrews 4:9-11
            However, Jesus said on the cross “It is finished.”  There’s no more work to be done by mankind to achieve salvation.  Jesus did it all.  Take a breath.  Relax.  Be obedient and stop fighting against God. 
            Take a rest and just accept God’s love.