Give all you Burdens to Jesus!

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Let me encourage you to read and memorize Matthew 11:28. Record it in your journal. Identity the areas in your life in which you need peace and rest. Make a list of burdens that you will lay down at His feet and leave there. When you are tempted to pick up one of those burdens, choose instead to meditate on and walk in the truths knowing that we can do nothing apart from Him and His power. Give Him your burdens, so He can give you rest.

“Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”~ Matthew 11:28.

Some days are harder than others. There are so many things that can get us down. Long hours at work, difficult relationships, financial difficulties, medical conditions, emotional stress and family responsibilities are just a few of burdens we tend to carry.

Jesus understands the burdens we carry. During His time on earth, Jesus healed the sick and set the captives free. He established the Church, sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and took His rightful place at the right hand of the Father. The church works on His behalf to help us. The Holy Spirit indwells us in order to guide and comfort us and Jesus Himself intercedes for us with the Father. So when Jesus said “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,” He really meant it.

What burden do you have? What is weighing you down? Bring it to Jesus. He will comfort and guide you. He will give you rest. Right now, in the midst of that worry or issue or concern, the God of the universe is asking you to turn it over to Him. Let Him work it out in His timing and His perfect way.

Have a wonderful day in His presence.  Please share this blog with everyone and may it bless them and bring them closer to the Lord!

 

Jesus wept

We all know it as the shortest verse in the Bible.  But it is long on what it tells us about the character of Jesus, both as the Son of God and as the Son of Man. Indeed, the story clearly illustrates that the fully human Jesus was a compassionate, loving man who was truly sorry to see His friends grieving over the death of their brother.  We should remember this story when we go through a crisis and wonder if Jesus could possibly understand how we feel. He walked among us and He lived as we did to help us understand that our Creator hurts when we hurt. What Father wouldn’t?


  “Jesus wept.” ~John 11:35
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But I believe that the Son of God was also moved to tears by what He had seen, even though it was for a different reason.  Think about it. Lazarus was in a better place. The Bible tells us that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)  Jesus was fully human, but He was also fully God, and the Son of God knew that the miracle He was about to perform would mean that Lazarus would return from a land of perfect peace. It was enough to make the Son of God cry.

Jesus was right.  Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death and God would be glorified by the miracle that Jesus performed. Why? Only God could raise someone from death.

I love knowing that I worship a God who is a miracle worker. But I also take greater comfort in knowing that I have a friend who loves me so much that He will cry with me when I come to Him, fall at His feet, and say, “Lord, please help me.”
 
 
 

“I know the Lord is always with me.”

It is such a wonderful Psalm of encouragement to the Christian and it’s a great prayer to God. We all have a tendency to dominate our thoughts with ourselves. How much better if our speech and thoughts were filled with faith and praise to Christ. We look to Christ as our Lord, our portion of our inheritance, the One who maintains our lot, Who gives us counsel, and Who is always at our right hand. Have a wonderful day know that God is always with you. 

 

 “I will bless the Lord who guides me, even at night my heart instructs me, I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken for he is right with me.” ~~Psalm 16:7-8

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There is one prayer that we should read every day and it will make all the difference in your life. It is a form of discipline, for if we don’t pray this prayer we wont keep our Spiritual vitality. The prayer is simple and yet powerful. It is, “I know the Lord is always with me.” Knowing  that God’s is always with us will make all the difference in the world. Because David was conscious of the fact that God was always with him, right beside him, he was not shaken during life’s struggles. Instead God guided him and instructed his heart at night.

 


How about you? What if today we were conscious of God right next to you? What if you knew that He was in the same room you were? What if you sensed that He heard your thoughts and prayers and would to answer the questions you have? What if you experienced His comforting presence when you are under pressure? What if you knew He was present to hold your hand when you had that extremely difficult task to do? God is. God is always with us. Let us be conscious of His presence in all that we do today.

 

Dear God, thank you for being with us constantly. Please make us aware of your presence today. Help us to see how relevant you are to our lives Help us experience your presence, to really know that you are always with us, in fact right beside us. Father, open our eyes to see you, our ears to hear you and our heart to sense your very presence.
In Jesus name. AMEN

Blessed Are Those Who Persevere!


Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. ~James 1:12

There are times I can say that I hang in there because I am just too stubborn to give up! I refuse to be beaten down! I grit my teeth and dig in my heels! Sometimes I hang in there because…I just don’t know what else to do! Going back is not acceptable and going forward is scary. So I wait. I wait for God to put His hand over mine and guide me on. I am not afraid of the dark (the unknown) when my Father takes my hand.

Going through a difficult situation (a trial) and coming out on the other side of the situation with what will be a stupendous ‘jewel’ in my life! We know it is going to be a precious, one-of-a-kind jewel because God promised it!

My concept of rewards and trials has drastically changed over the years. Before I came to the Lord three years ago I would have thought any perceived constraint on what I wanted in my life would have been a trial. It would have been unacceptable to me! A nice home and cars (yes, plural), whatever clothes I wanted was an expectation.

But today trails are more often found as I attempt to do things my way and direct my life my own way – it’s all about the ‘I’ and ‘me’! When I crucify that ‘I-based’ flesh, I find myself looking into a reward that has been promised and fulfilled long before I knew it even existed! It is eternal and bigger than I can see!

Let us receive our blessings today…not because we deserve them…but because they are promised! Let us run the race that we have each been given with perseverance and gratitude that God will never leave us and always fulfill His promises!

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