Reference: Hebrews 4:1-3 MSG
For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed, “They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.” God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today , just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation: Today, please listen, don’t turn a deaf ear…
Ironically, active faith puts results in the past in order to move into the future. If I claim I’m living a situation by faith then I believe that it is already taken care of. The way to demonstrate that to God is look past it, not neglect it but live as if the desired outcome has happened. This is how Christ acted about the Cross. He know that it was done before he began His ministry and acted as such. He saw past the pressure that would be applied to release the manifestation and focus on the deliverance of mankind and the pleasure of God being His fulfillment. Sick people are waiting for a the desired result from medicine or treatment. Well people are living a post-treament life. I must have a post-debt free, a post-business startup, a post-marital synergy, a post-purpose finding life in order for it to be.