“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30 NCV https://www.bible.com/105/mat.11.28-30.ncv
The impossible load that we carry each day can be unbearable. We call it anxiety, stress, depression, or even an I don’t care attitude. Jesus is asking you to give all your heavy burdens to him. Some baggage is light, some are heavy, but when you put them all together you are being crushed under an invisible load of problems. You are downhearted and it is hard to function when you are mentally, and emotionally broken.
Jesus is standing at your heart’s door asking you to surrender your burdens and problems to him. Then you will enjoy the true peace that is offered to you. So think of things above the sun (God) and not below the sun (Earth), your spiritual, mental, and emotional health will be transformed.
“Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 NCV https://www.bible.com/105/rom.12.2.ncv
Let God carry your load! With God all things are possible.
I wasn’t too happy to have my motive known by my husband in manipulating him to take me shopping. I told him we were going to a store that I knew he wanted to go too. Which happened to be in the same shopping center of the store that I wanted to go too. I made it sound like it was for him and once we got there I said, “can we run into Michael’s, it looks like there having a sale.” Gary was spot on when he said that I had an ulterior motive. It did not feel good to be dishonest to my husband. Gary still took me where I wanted to go but, he was so upset he waited in the car.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/jer.17.9-10.nlt
The Lord knows all of your thoughts and motives. He knows if you are truly moved by compassion to help someone in need. Or looking to feed your own ego. Are you looking for glory? Are you seeking for recognition? You know, the pat on the back from friends and family or maybe it’s the good feeling you get when the person looks up and genuinely thanks you.
What if their is no recognition, no pat on the back from friends, and no thank you from the person you helped. Would you still go out looking for people to help no matter what the circumstance may be. That is what we are called to do. No hidden agendas. Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you to share the love of God for God’s glory. When God examines your heart he will find it pure and faithful.
Kristin, my daughter, loves to remind me when I sent her to the church and forgot to put underwear on her. Even at 3 years old, she knew something was missing that day. During prayer, she lifted her dress up over her head and announced, ”I have no panties.”
That’s what happens when we get so busy. We find ourselves going through life on automatic not focused on what we are doing. The Bible reminds us to guard our hearts and keep our minds on God. A guard from the lies of the evil one, that we are fine without God. Kristin may have looked cute, but she was not fully clothed. We do not want to look good on the outside but be empty without God in the inside.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:13-18 NIV https://www.bible.com/111/eph.6.13-18.niv
With the armor of God on, you are fully dressed and ready to face whatever challenge comes your way. God bless you, 🙏
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.” James 3:13-16 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/jas.3.13-16.msg
I was once a wanderer lost and confused, battered and broken trashed and all used. Until I met you my life was in shambles, I felt like I climbed through miles of thick brambles. Not wanting to carry on with even one more day, that’s when you entered my heart for an eternal stay. Slowly but surely you worked on my heart, tugging and nudging giving me a brand new start. You filled it with love, compassion, and life, you even placed in my path a beautiful wife. Every nook and cranny in my heart mind and soul has you inside it making me whole. I love when you hold me like only you can, loving me so much even when it feels like I can no longer stand. You give me the strength to not only get through the day but also giving me the heart to want to stay. There are no words to thank you for dying for my sin, except that I love you and thank you from beginning to end.
”My dear friend, I know your soul is doing fine, and I pray that you are doing well in every way and that your health is good.” 3 John 1:2 NCV https://www.bible.com/105/3jn.1.2.ncv
Our spiritual health is equally as important as our physical health. We live in a fallen sinful world where sickness and disease will attack our human bodies. The antidote for spiritual health is Jesus Christ.
“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent GOD ’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/pro.3.5-12.msg
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. This is one of my favorite verses only because I love doing things for others. This verse kind of confused me when I first read it. How could you not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing? Do you hide it behind your back so it’s not visible? No. This is simply saying that when we give then we need to do so in a manner that is quiet. When we give do we do it in front of others so we can show off? Are we giving so that we can get something in return? I will give you a couple of good examples of giving without people knowing. Someone could be short on cash for the month with an unexpected bill. Pray and ask God how you can help. My wife and I have been impressed by the Holy Spirit to drop a box of groceries on a doorstep. You can pray unceasingly for that person. Maybe the Holy Spirit even impresses you to leave an envelope with money without a name on it. Pray today and ask how you can help these individuals who are in need. It is always fun and rewarding to see how He answers us.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/lam.3.22-23.nlt
“Why should any living mortal, or any man, Complain [of punishment] in view of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, And let us return to the LORD. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands [in prayer] Toward God in heaven;
I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice, “Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help.” You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.” O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause [You have guided my way and protected me]; You have rescued and redeemed my life.” Lamentations 3:39-41, 55-58 AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/lam.3.39-41,55-58.amp
When we feel like we can’t do one more thing. We are physically and spiritually tired and worn out. God restores our tired bodies and tired souls. Come to his throne and unpack your burdens at his feet. Spend time in his presence and you will be refreshed.
Jesus is calling you today!
““Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/mat.11.28-30.msg