Are Your Burdens Too Heavy?

Are Your Burdens Too Heavy?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. – Mat. 11:28-29 NKJV

When we try to handle a load of problems in our own strength, we become heavy-laden and struggle in our labor. These heavy weights might even belong to others. We search for ways to unload what weighs us down, but only find temporary solutions. Going to Jesus before we go into overload is the answer.

When training a new animal to plow, farmers would often yoke it to an older, stronger, more experienced animal who would bear the burden, pull the younger animal and teach him through the process. Similarly, Jesus invites us to come to Him, take His yoke upon us, surrender all to Him, and find rest for our souls.

As we follow His leading, He teaches us His ways and trains us to walk in His steps. He is our burden bearer, inviting us to yield to His leadership. When we try to do the pulling alone, He gentling pulls, never pushes, with grace and love. His burden is light. The more we trust Him, the more we abide in Him and receive physical and emotional rest,  from glory to glory.

Just One Touch from the Lord!

Just One Touch from the Lord!

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. – Mark 8:25 NKJV

A single touch from the Lord forever transformed our lives during salvation. Then He touches us again and again! Amazing grace. Not only when we are in need because of hardship, but just because He loves us and delights in making His presence known. It enables us to face the fiery darts, trials, and circumstances we come in contact with on our journey and stand in who we are in Christ. 

We can do an ordinary task and suddenly feel His presence; have a simple conversation and hear His wisdom; feel weak and experience His strength; worry about our loved ones and encounter His peace. When we pay attention to His presence in our lives, we find it, treasure it and walk in expectation of it. We discover all His amazing ways and seek Him with more love, faith, and hope.

A touch from the Lord heals any wrong touches. It transforms our behaviors, changes our desires and creates new ones. Some things we can no longer touch because of His touch. We can come to the Lord repeatedly, seek an encounter with Him and experience His presence, from glory to glory!

Are You Free From Condemnation?

Are You Free From Condemnation?

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.- Romans 8:1 NKJV

No condemnation. None. Jesus took on our guilty sentence and paid the punishment for our sins. When the Spirit of God convicts us of yesterday’s errors, He does it with love and healing. He leads us to repent and move forward. When satan condemns us, he brings shame and condemnation, to hinder our progress, walk unforgiven, and bring regrets.

Regrets brings despair, sorrow, and hopelessness. We battle thoughts of defeat: if only I had not done that; if only I had handled that better; if only I had not missed that opportunity, if only … When we dwell on our pasts, we get stuck in places we no longer occupy. Recalling God’s faithfulness brings encouragement and empowerment. Receiving His forgiveness and forgiving ourselves produces freedom.

As a new creation in Christ Jesus, we walk free from condemnation. Our story of redemption replaces our history of regrets. By God’s grace, we make the most out of today. By His mercy, His blood covers new mistakes. When we stay present in our tasks and relationships, we find peace and rest. It might take time, but God carries us through the process with care and patience, from glory to glory!  

Therefore Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Cor. 4:16 NKJV

When we feel stuck in some situations, we should remember that, as a child of God, we are never stuck in the spirit. Even though our outward man perishes, our inward man never does. It also shows us that God never stops working by His Spirit. We can expect Him to step in and move even when we don’t see when, or how.

However, our journey to that breakthrough can be challenging. Because nothing seems to move forward, we can get discouraged and feel like we are spinning, like the wheels of a car trapped in a ditch on a muddy road. We spin and spin, but go nowhere. Sometimes it even seems that the relationship we prayed to improve, the poor treatment on our job, or the character transformation gets worst.

Let’s pray to be strengthened by God’s Spirit in our inner man, stand by faith, and worship Him. When we sense an hindrance, let’s  press through by praying in the spirit. We cannot understand God’s ways to intervene, only believe and trust them. We do not lose heart but walk strong in the spirit, expecting His breakthrough, from glory to glory

The Powerful Guard of God’s Peace

The Powerful Guard of God’s Peace

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:6-7 NKJV

We set a firewall on a computer for security. It monitors incoming and outgoing traffic. Its purpose is to form a barrier between the internal network and what comes in from external sources. In doing so, it blocks malicious traffic like viruses and hackers. The peace of God is like a firewall over our hearts and minds. A powerful guard!

It protects us from the intruders of fear, doubt, worry, and condemnation. Its efficiency keeps the thoughts of inadequacy, insecurity, and inferiority at bay. We cannot comprehend how it works. It helps us stand by faith in our trials and expect the intervention of God. It protects our emotions from ruling us and helps us be still and know that He is God!

To establish it, we make our requests known unto God, release them into His hands, and trust Him with the results. With a heart of thanksgiving, we rest knowing we, and all that belong to us, are in expert hands, caring, able, healing hands. We also pray for the Spirit of God to delete all the cookies, the history of our negative thoughts. We discover God’s protection through every threat and abide in His love, from glory to glory

The Overflow of God’s Love

The Overflow of God’s Love

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Rom. 5:5 NKJV 

The Holy Spirit pours out the love of God in our hearts the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He dwells in us. God loves us and gives us His love to share with others. His love is overflowing. We shouldn’t question whether we deserve it, or if it will ever leave. We simply believe in its reality. Knowing we have the love of God enables us to pray for its outflowing unto others.

 We can walk in love with others even when they don’t return it because it is His love that we pour out, not the love we try to manufacture apart from Him. They will know the reality of God’s love by the way they see us express it through our words and behaviors. Love prays for our enemies, hate preys on them, and seeks to harm. 

Love brings compassion and mercy. It is one of the mighty weapons we have in God and it disarms the weapons of our adversary. Love protects us from the pain of rejection and changes our despair into hope. Love also gives peace, joy, and hope that never disappoints. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus from glory to glory! 

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