Wednesday, March 05, 2014
John 6:28, 29 NKJV Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
There are times in our lives when circumstances seem to cry out for us to DO something. Jesus told His disciples that their doing was not the important part, but that what they believed was the work they were to do. Why would He tell them the work they were to do was to believe in Him?
When we look at the background in which Jesus was instructing His disciples we see that they were seeking fulfillment; they were physically hungry and looking for food that would satisfy their hunger. They were confused about their physical needs being met and Jesus was trying to tell them that the real need they had was spiritual. They didn't understand that Jesus came to satisfy the hunger of our hearts and that contentment comes only through believing, trusting in Him to fulfill what they needed and that through believing or trusting in Him they would have all that they needed; physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and materially. Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 that when we seek God's kingdom, or the spiritual side of life, that the things that we have need of would be added to us; or our needs would be met through His provision as we seek or believe in Him. There is no need for worry when our trust is in Him.
What does it mean to believe? Sometimes we try to measure Bible truths by worldly definitions. The world would say to believe would be to have a mental assent or intellectual understanding of something. But the Biblical definition of “believe” is to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing); to commit to trust or put your trust in that person. Now that moves believing to a whole different level. When we believe with mental assent we keep what we know to be true in our minds. But when we believe by trusting in a person or what that person has said, we move believing to an action and not just head knowledge. As an example: I can look at a chair and say that I believe that it would hold me up when I sit in it and that would be belief as in “head knowledge” based on the construction of the chair, what it looks like and my mental deduction of it's ability to withstand my weight when I sit on it. But when I believe by the Biblical definition I would sit down in the chair and even lift my feet up off the floor because I trust in it to hold me up. One definition sees from the outside looking in and the other one sees from the inside looking out. Believing by Bible definition is placing my trust in Jesus, in all that He has said and done in relation to my need for provision; spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and materially. His promises to me are YES and AMEN according to 2 Corinthians 1:19, 20!
Looking back on John 6:29 where Jesus said that the work they were to do was to “believe” in Him now makes more sense because we understand that believing is an action word rather than a passive state. Action actually flows from a heart that believes in Jesus and what He has said. Thus, the work of God that a believer would do flows from the heart of belief that trusts in what God has said.
Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Salvation comes through believing or trusting in the Lord Jesus as being the Son of God who was crucified and raised from the dead to give you salvation, righteousness in Him, and is put into practice, or made real in your life through the confession of your mouth of that heart belief.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
The Holy Spirit is resident within each born again believer and flows from their innermost being like rivers of living water when they “believe”. Trusting the Holy Spirit to flow freely from the believer comes as you put your trust in Him to do what He has said.
Mark 16:17, 18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Ministry signs flow from the lives of “believers”, not “doubters”. Jesus said in John 14:12 that when we “believe in Him” the works that He did we would do also and even greater works.
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
Later in John 6 Jesus went on to tell His disciples that what He had just told them about Him being the Bread of Life sent down from the Father to do His will would drive some away because they didn't believe and were offended by what He said. He asked those closest to Him, His twelve disciples, if they, too, wanted to go away. But Simon Peter said “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
John 6:69 “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter said they had come to “believe and know” that Jesus was who He said He was, the Son of the living God, and that because of that belief there was no other alternative but to follow Him. They had both the “head knowledge” and the “heart trust” in Him, in what He said, to the point of choosing Him above all that they might see or hear going on around them. Their focus was on their trust in Him.
What do you “believe” about Jesus today? Have you placed your trust in Him, first and foremost for salvation, for forgiveness of your sin? If so, what about the “work” of believing? Are you trusting that what He has placed within you, His Spirit, will flow freely from your innermost being? Are you living out of your heart trust in Him or your head knowledge? Ministering in His name flows from those who believe!
As “believers” each of us is at a different level in our faith walk. To believe for forgiveness of sin is where our faith walk begins. Then as we grow we are challenged to “believe” for different aspects of walking by faith. Sometimes we are challenged to “believe” or “trust” Him for other benefits of His redemptive act of dying on the cross for us. It might be a health challenge that we are facing, or a financial loss or setback. In those cases, we can turn to God's word and find the promise that assures us that His provision is there if we will just “believe”.
Matthew 8:16, 17 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
Do you need healing for a physical infirmity or a demonic oppression? He healed the sick and delivered the demonized. This is a promise that you can “believe” or “place your trust in”.
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
“According to” means “in a manner consistent with”! God supplies our need in a manner consistent with His riches by or through Christ Jesus. His riches never run out; He never sustains lack; He always has the supply that is needed to meet our needs and our assurance of that comes by looking at or “believing in” what Christ Jesus did in the finished work of the cross! He traded places with us, becoming sin, sickness and a curse for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He laid aside His deity to take our place on the cross. We deserved to die in our sin but He chose to trade places with us to die in our place that we might have life and that more abundantly!
Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD. “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the LORD. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.”
Hebrews 1:3 NLT The Son reflects God's own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
Will you believe today?
Father, I thank You for delivering me from the power of darkness and conveying me into the Son of Your love. I thank You for paying the price, Lord Jesus, for my salvation and I thank You, Holy Spirit, for living within me and flowing from me to effect change in the hearts and lives of people today!
Father, I pray for those who may not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, that today might be their day of salvation, the day when they place their trust in Him as being the One true God who died to take their place on the cross as the punishment for their sin. I ask You to pull down the blinders that Satan has hung over their minds that is blinding them to the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, that they might come to salvation.
I pray also, for those who are struggling with needs today, Father, that they might see You as their need-meeter. And that they would “believe” the promises that You have given in Your word to supply their need. Father, for those who are sick in body I pray that they will “believe” that it is by the stripes of Jesus that they are healed and that they will see that Jesus carried their sicknesses that they might not have to carry them. I pray that Your word will become alive within them and effect the healing of their physical beings.
Father, for those who are oppressed by the devil, mentally and emotionally I ask that You would deliver them as they place their trust in You for freedom from all that the devil uses to oppress them. I pray that they would “believe” today that they are free in Christ Jesus!
Thank You, Father, for meeting the financial needs of those who may be experiencing loss of job or home or finances. Father, You have made provision for their every need and I thank You for meeting it!
Father, these things I bring before You this morning requesting in the name of Jesus and declaring that I believe that I receive when I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Smokescreens have long been used as weapons of warfare, to hide the enemy's movements, tactical maneuvers and equipment that are being used to attack and defeat their enemies. Today, every believer has an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy the life that God has planned for them. That enemy is Satan, the devil, our adversary, and the one Jesus refers to in John 10:10 as “the thief”, who comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”.
The smokescreen is designed to block a person's view, to keep that person from knowing what his enemy is doing and planning as his next strategic move in the war to defeat, to kill and destroy and to win the war. Jesus said that our enemy has only one plan for our lives, which is to steal, kill and destroy. He often sends up smokescreens to keep us from seeing the good plan that God has for each of our lives. That smokescreen may come as a negative doctor's report, the loss of a loved one, depression, mental illness, a failed marriage or the loss of a job. In all those instances we see loss, the plan to destroy and kill the vision that God has for our lives. Fear, anxiety, loss, sickness, lack and disappointment are all plans that the devil has to steal the abundant life that Jesus died to give us.
So, what can we do when these smokescreens arise in front of us? The most important thing we can do is go back to the truth of God's word. I've often had to ask myself this question: “What does God's word have to say about my situation?”.
When sickness comes we can go back to the Word of God which says that God is our Healer. (Ex. 15:26) God brought His people out of Egypt and His word records in Psalm 105:37 that there was “none feeble among them”. He gave Jesus to die for us, who was made sickness and sin for us that we might be healed, spiritually and physically. The Holy Spirit spoke through Matthew that Jesus “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet about Jesus being our sacrifice for sin, sickness and disease. (Isaiah 53:4, 5) Jesus became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Him and it is by His stripes that we are healed. (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24) Sickness is a by-product of sin as there was no sickness in our world until Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was then that sin and sickness came into our lives.
Jesus is the exact representation of the Father God, and the Word says in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus' ministry was that of teaching, preaching and healing. (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:35) He sent His disciples out to do the same thing: teach, preach, and heal (Matthew 10:1;7, 8) And again we see that when Jesus sent the seventy out He gave them the same instructions: preach and heal the people. (Luke 10:9) In His last instructions to those of us who would believe in Him, Jesus gave what we know as the Great Commission, in which He told us go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, do battle against demonic forces, and to heal the sick. (Mark 16:15-18)
Smokescreens were designed to get our eyes off the vision; to turn our focus from God's plan to save, heal, deliver and set people free, and to destroy the lives of those who were created in God's image and likeness and called to spread the good news of His Gospel to all the world.
Lack is a smokescreen that goes against God's word which says that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) God never runs short on His supply and it never runs out. When lack comes knocking on your door, look to see what might have sent it, correct anything you might be doing to hinder the flow of God's provision and receive Him as your Provider.
Fear and mental instability is not God's plan for your life. It is a smokescreen to get your mind off of the truth of God's word. 11 Timothy 1:7 says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. Fear and mental problems, a feeling of hopelessness and no strength to fight the attacks of the enemy all come from the spiritual attack of the devil to steal, kill and destroy because the mind is the battlefield. Instead, God's word instructs us to set our minds on God and trust in Him and we will have perfect peace and strength. (Isaiah 26:3,4) Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-8 that if we will not be anxious, but instead pray about everything and think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of a good report that His peace will guard our hearts and minds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us to take the thoughts that come into our mind that are from the enemy captive and bring them into obedience to the Word of God. We do not have to receive every thought that comes into our minds. God has given us the ability to arrest wrong thoughts and replace them with the right ones.
Your children and grandchildren are to be taught of the Lord and experience great peace, (Isaiah 54:13) and they are to be blessed and mighty on the earth (Psalm 112:2) Great are the promises of God for your life; they are all “yes and amen” through Christ Jesus as He is glorified in your life! (2 Corinthians 1:19, 20) God means for you to be the head and not the tail, to be above and not beneath, and to experience His blessings upon your lives. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
Smokescreens are designed by the enemy to take your mind off of the truth of God's Word for your life. The way to overcome is to change your focus from what is going on around you to what God says in His word. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and His words to you are spirit and they are life. (John 14:6; John 6:63) What does He say about you? What does He say about your life? How can you change your focus from what you see happening around you or what you are experiencing in your physical being or the world? Paul describes this in Romans 1:16-18 as living by faith.
Romans 1:16-18 NKJV For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
The gospel of Christ is the good news of all that He died to secure for us on the cross: forgiveness of sin, freedom from sickness, lack, demonic oppression and everything that would come against us as His children. But notice that the prerequisite for receiving is through believing. Faith is the vehicle that gets God's grace into our lives. Everything that Jesus died to give us is included in God's grace but comes into our lives through our faith. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says that it is “by grace” that we are saved “through faith” because it is a gift of God that can't be earned through anything that we might do or any way we might perform to try to obtain it. It is free for our receiving and when we say “yes” to Jesus we are saved; born again, freed from the devil's grasp and delivered from his power to steal, kill and destroy our lives. We then walk it out or as the Word says “live by faith” every day as we depend on His provision as described in His word. God's word is His revealed will for each of us but if we don't know the “will” we won't operate in it's provisions.
Do you know and understand the last “will and testament” of God for your life? It's found in His word!Where God's will is not known, faith cannot be exercised to receive. Hebrews 8:6 says that Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant that was established on better promises. He is the Intercessor, the One who stands between you and God proclaiming that He died to save you; spirit, soul and body and that when you place your trust in Him you will experience that salvation. Believe and receive; doubt and do without!
Smokescreens.....what is the devil throwing up between you and God that is causing you to focus more on the symptoms of destruction rather than the saving grace of God? Place your trust in Him; proclaim His promises in the face of life's problems and experience the provision that God has made available to you through Christ Jesus, His Son.
Romans 8:31, 32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God gave His very best when He gave Jesus to die for you. Will you receive Him today as your Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Provider?
Father, I come before You today to thank You for providing all that I have need of spirit, soul and body. I thank You for giving Jesus to die for me, to be my Savior, my Healer, my Deliverer, and my Provider. I don't always understand why things happen the way they do but this one thing I know: that You are good all the time and the devil is bad all the time. Good comes from Your hand and evil comes from the hand of the devil. I thank You for turning those things that he sends to destroy me into good that will be of benefit to me. I pray for those who don't know Jesus that today might be their day of salvation, the day that they give their hearts to Him. I pray that You will grant those who don't know Him as Healer, Deliverer, and Provider the understanding that they need to receive Him for all of life's needs. I pray that today we will walk in a deeper revelation of Who He is to us as believers in Christ Jesus. I ask You to open the eyes of our understanding to see all that You have provided for us in your work of redemption. And I thank You for all that You have died to give us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Genesis 19:26 NKJV But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
As we come to the close of 2013 many are looking back and wondering what lies ahead. What does God have for our future? Could it be more of the same? Or is it possible that what lies ahead of us is better than what we ever could have imagined? We are at the crossroads between yesterday and tomorrow!
In Genesis 19:12-29 we find the story of God delivering Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah before the sin of what was taking place there brought destruction upon the city and its inhabitants. God sent angels in to the city to bring Lot and his family out in order to bring them into a place of safety, a refuge where they could experience His goodness for their lives. Just as He did for the Israelites when bringing them out of Egypt, He brought Lot and his family out of a place of bondage and sin in order to bring them into a place of His provision and goodness. What lay ahead of them was so much better than what was behind, in their past.
In this story of Lot's and his family's deliverance, we see that Lot's wife had difficulty leaving her past behind. She was so torn in leaving that as she was being brought out of the city she looked back longingly for what she was leaving behind. The result was that she was so paralyzed at the thought of leaving behind what she had thought as being the “good life” she had experienced in Sodom and Gomorrah that she was preserved right where she was as a pillar of salt. Her affections were for the world she was leaving behind and not what God had for her in the future. God was bringing her out of what she couldn't see as a destructive lifestyle to bring her into the blessings of His future, but she wanted to stay where she was and it proved to be to her destruction.
God is the God of restoration, reconciliation and re-construction! Regardless of whether your year 2013 was a good one or what you consider to be a year of destruction, God has a good future ahead of you. The thing that we must remember is that we can't fully embrace what God has for us in the future until we turn loose of the past. It's difficult to walk a straight line if you have your head turned around looking behind you. Lot's wife made the mistake of desiring what she was leaving behind. She couldn't see the future for the past. Sometimes we get caught up in what we think is the best we could ever have until we can't imagine God doing something new that could be better. Many times we won't turn loose of the past because of following the “popular opinion” of what others think we should or shouldn't do.
As God brought His people out of Egypt, which He defined as the house of bondage (Deuteronomy 5:6), to move them into the Promised Land we see them constantly thinking about what they had left behind. They couldn't see the future for the remembrance of the past, even though they cried out to God for deliverance from the bondage they were under to the Egyptians, and He delivered them and provided for their every need while on the way to the Promised Land.
Numbers 11:4-6 NKJV Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said; “Who will give us meat to eat? “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; “but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”
The people were blinded by looking behind so that they couldn't see the opportunities that lay before them!
Are you blinded by your past today? Can you see the good that God has promised for your future? He said in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has a good future awaiting you; a plan filled with hope for good that is designed to prosper you and not harm you. He spoke these words to His people while they were yet again in bondage and had no vision of the good future that He had awaiting them. And the same is meant for us today as God never changes and His desires are always to bless and prosper His people; to provide a better future for them than what they are living in at the present.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God is speaking once again to His people today about looking forward into His goodness rather than dwelling on the past. 2014 is upon us; it is uncharted territory and God is opening the door for us into a new future; new goals and new dreams.
Are you ready to lay aside the old and embrace the new? I have chosen to lay aside some aspects of ministry to embrace what only God knows that He has for me in the future. Some don't understand and are saddened by my decision, but I feel it is the leading of the Lord and must follow what I hear Him saying to me. I know that God will lead by His Spirit and through His word, just as He did of old, leading by His presence as by the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. He never left them to travel through uncharted territory by themselves. He was always there to provide and protect.
Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt because she failed to see the goodness and provision of the Lord. She had become “comfortable” in the dysfunction of her life until she longed for what was familiar more than the newness and excitement of the changes that God wanted to bring into her life. She failed to follow Him and chose to live in the past rather than the future. What will it be for you? Will you embrace the new year with total abandonment of the past or will you be constantly looking back wishing things could be as they used to be?
I'm excited to be moving into the future! I believe God has good things in store for His people in 2014 and that as I align myself with Him and believe that what He has in store for me will be good I will experience the fullness of all that He has awaiting me in the new year!
Father, I thank You for what You have taught me in 2013 and I look forward to the good future that you have set before me in the upcoming year. I pray that many will come to salvation through your goodness as You have stated in Your word in Romans 2:4 that it is Your goodness that leads man to repentance. I pray that we all might lay aside the past in order to move forward into the good that You have planned for us in the upcoming year. I pray that it will be a year of transformation as we draw close to You and embrace all that You have for us. Father, open the eyes of the blind to see the way that You have set before them. Teach us Your ways, Your right way of doing things, that we might walk closely with You and give us long life, good health, and provision for every need that we might encounter in the upcoming days. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.
Jeremiah called out to God for healing and then declared that as he was touched he would be healed. When God speaks of healing and declares that He will heal He doesn't limit it to a certain area or aspect of your life; He speaks of healing as to whatever needs healing in your spirit, soul or body. Jesus died for the whole man and provides salvation and deliverance for whatever area of need that you have.
In Exodus 15:26 God declared Himself as the "LORD who heals you." And in Psalm 103 we see the Psalmist praising God for providing healing for his sin and diseases and for restoring his youth as that of the eagle.
Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV BLESS the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Apostle Matthew wrote in Matthew 8:17 that “He” (Jesus) “took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” just as Isaiah had prophesied about Jesus many years before His crucifixion.
Isaiah 53:4 AMP Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible records Isaiah as prophesying in Isaiah 53:4 that Jesus “took up our infirmities”, which when translated from the original Hebrew word means that He became diseased, ill, and that he was made to be sick and was afflicted with illness, weakness, affliction, caused to suffer and be wounded for our sicknesses. He carried them to the cross and nailed them there along with our sin. Jesus was made to be everything evil in our lives so that we could be healed, whether it was in our physical being, our mental, emotional or soul realm, or our spiritual man. He carried all aspects of our sickness, spirit, soul and body to the cross and paid the price for our salvation full and complete.
I'm so glad that my Jesus is my Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Provider! He did a complete work on the cross for my salvation and I confess Him as my All in All, my El-Shaddai, the All-Sufficient, All-Bountiful One, the One who mightily nourishes, satisfies, protects, and supplies His people. He is mighty to save!
I know that not all believe that Jesus saves from illness, and I don't understand why not all are healed, but this one thing I know: if God said it in His word, I can believe it. I will not judge God's word by what I see happen around me or whether or not this one is healed or not healed. I will simply believe what He says and leave the works of establishing His word in a person's life up to Him. I believe!
Father, I thank You for providing salvation for me; spirit, soul, and body. I thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your very own Son that I might be free from sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. You are the Mighty God, mighty to save Your people from all aspects of sin! Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking stripes upon Your back to secure my freedom from all that sin entails. You are My Savior, My Healer, My Deliverer and My Provider. I proclaim You as My All in All this morning and I thank You for Your healing touch upon all who need healing, whether it be for forgiveness of sin, for healing in their bodies, mind, emotions or in their finances. Thank You for providing healing for them. I pray that they will believe in You, trust in You and receive that which You have so graciously provided through Your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Luke 10:41, 42 NKJV And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
As I was praying and meditating on this scripture this morning, I heard the voice of the Lord speaking gently to my heart:
“I want you to be without care, My Child. I do not want you to be distracted by the cares of the world in which you live. Have I not commanded you to cast your cares on me? Set yourself free from the burden and weight of sin and care by releasing it to Me. Do not try to shoulder a load for which you were not designed and created to carry. Yoke yourself with Me and trade your care for My ease in life. Yield your will to Mine and learn My ways, My right way of living. Do not speak of the worries of your life for I am here to provide for your every need. You have no cares as long as you release them to Me. But if you continue to try to shoulder them yourself, you will continue to be heavyhearted for you can do nothing about them. It is not within your power to change those about which you worry. That is My place; My responsibility. Your responsibility is to pray about them and cast them on Me. My responsibility is to change the people and situations that you are concerned about. In this manner you will learn how to live care-free. Trust Me for I am well able to care for those things and people that you commit unto Me. Again I say, learn to live care-free, for I do not want you to live under the burden of your cares.”
May you find peace in the word of the Lord this morning!
Scriptures used by the Lord in relaying this word to us:
Luke 10:41, 42
1 Cor. 7:32a
1 Peter 5:6, 7
2 Timothy 1:12
Thank You, Father, for speaking this word to my heart this morning. I pray that all who are weighed down by the cares of this life will release them to You and allow You to teach them how to live without care. Thank You for Your provision for all of life! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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