There are so many challenges around us, challenges in family life, in work, in the world around us. If you are not careful the challenges can become burdens and can weigh you down. If we don’t process these thigns and let them go they can move from burdens to becoming stress and from there to physical sickness.
In Matthew 11 Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
If we are willing, there is a transaction that can take place with our burdens for His, we come with our burdens and we trade them. Whatever we may be carrying, His burden is light. This is a reality. It is not some ethereal concept, it is a real transaction that you can make today.
Lord, forgive me for thinking that I can do it on my own. I come before you today and give you my burdens in exchange for yours, in Jesus name Amen.
As history wraps up each of us will get to stand before the Lord, some will face judgement, but for those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour there will be no judgement.
What will happen to those who have accepted Jesus? I have wondered what He will say in those moments as we stand before him. I know we have to give an answer for the deeds done in the body but what will He ask us?
I think there could be a few things but one of them will be ‘how well did you love?’
He won’t ask about how gifted we were, or how successful we were, but He will ask, did you love? Did you love the people I put around you? Did you look beyond the outside appearance to the heart?
Pause and think for a moment, how well am I pursuing being a good lover of the people in my life? Are there any people that I hold at arms length?
As you think about that, ask the Lord for grace to embrace those who are around you and to love them.
I wrote yesterday abouts faithfulness and how it is something we can each rely on. I am aware that the corresponding grace to trust seems to be a theme at this time through out the body of Christ. There is great song from Hillsongs called Oceans. It captures the heart of what God is doing in so many people. The words in the Bridge of the song are:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
The whole song is about trust, but this part of the song captures it well. Wherever I go I see God using this song. It is because it is resonating with what God is doing and the journey that each one of us is on. He is causing His bride to step out of the boat, out of the normal of everyday and trust Him.
I am constantly praying that I will trust more. Trust, however, requires an action. It is resting in His faithfulness. It is believing who He says He is and stepping out. It … Read More »
Each one of us has a different story of how God broke into our lives. Some were saved dramatically, others over a period of time. The common thread however would be the same, faithfulness. We would all testify that the Lord has been faithful, because that is who He is, it is part of His character and nature. When you read the writings of Paul you see it again and again, he sums it up well here.
“He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:8-9 NIV
He is faithful to us. He keeps his word. We can rely on Him. In a world where keeping your word is a relative term, that God keeps His word is precious and powerful. So many have been let down by others and project onto God that same expectation but that is not who He is.
Over the last two years the Lotd has been speaking to me particularly about two things. Knowing who He says He is and who He says I … Read More »
When you catch a bus you have to be at this bus stop at the right time, too early and you can be frustrated at waiting around and the too late…well you know what that means.
There is a timing involved in our lives, I don’t understand it, though I certainly try. In Ecclessiates 3 it says that ther is timing for every activity under heaven an in Chronocles it talks about the Sons of Isachaar who knew the season they were in and knew what to do. We need to be more discerning to the times we are in and act accordingly.
In John 13, Jesus knew the hour that he was in, he knew he was about to go to the cross. We too have the mind of Christ and one of the things he wants to revealed to us is his perfect timing in the events of our life. We often think of prayer as answered or unanswered, but do we think about it as answered but not the right time? Maybe this is a more biblical way to look at the events and situations that we face and the ‘apparent’ unanswered prayers. I wholeheartedly believe that … Read More »
Jesus said, ‘if anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross’. In our consumer age I feel like we don’t apprciate the impact of such a statement. The cross was a horrific death, but more on that as we approach Easter. It would have brought pictures to their minds of the crucifixions on display outside of Jerusalem, little did they know that their Lord would be himself hung on one in the not to distant future. There are many things that could be said about the cross, but needless to say it was one of, if not the worst way to die.
Why would Jesus be talking about denying yourself and going to the cross? He was talking about the life of a Christian, self denial and dieing to self so that we can be true followers of God. The spirit of the age however says, what about you? How do you feel? Does this make your life better? We have a self centred existence, looking to satisfy our own desires and wants, maybe in a slightly sanctified manner, but still we have our own interests at heart.
The cross in Latin is crux, … Read More »