“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29 KJV
This is an open invitation, it implores us to come “ALL” who are heavy ladened, this means no one is restricted. If you are tired, fed up, distraught, broken, sad, perplexed, sick, in trouble, fearful & Jesus Christ, no-one else, will given you rest. This is not colour, race, stature, gender, rich or poor, good or bad specific – just “come all”, anyone & He will take away our burdens & gives us peace. The beauty in this invitation is that Jesus knows exactly the burdens we are carrying & the remedy each of us will need, for that situation. He knows our specific & individual issues & He gently but confidently, tells us to give them to Him, “come on, hand them over, I can bare them, I know your struggle”. I AM GOD. “There is nothing too hard for me to do”
Do you know that Jesus does not return the burdens to us if we fall or make errors further along our journey? There is a “no refund policy’ with Jesus. He does not send the issues back on us if we do wrong. This is a lie from Satan to deceive us. There is no ulterior motive with God, He has already set us free & He wants us to remain this way; “He who The Son sets free, is free indeed”. However, there are times in our lives when our problems have been dealt with but we return to what we were already, previously delivered from. This is not of God but it is the harsh truth & reality of our disobedience & unbelief. The are other times we have issues which are stubborn & cause us to struggle but we have taken it upon ourselves to ‘make a formula’ & we try to tell God “how” we think our issues should be dealt with. I wonder if He laughs at our plans! Our formula will fail sooner or later, there is no doubt about that. They come crashing down on us and this hurts us even more. I know – I confess to wanting quick solutions & therefore, when my ‘plaster remedies’ come unstuck, I’m even further in despair & then the blaming starts! In everything we do, it is always better to seek God first, this certainly includes our issues, especially when they are too hard to bare. “Seek ye first the Kingfom of God & all His righteousness & all will be added (given) to you” Jesus is The Answer for them all.
When God offered us this invitation, it came & remains, without conditions & it is without any ‘sell by date’. We can come unconditionally, limitlessly, persistently & boldly to Him, reminding Him of His invitation & His promise that He will answer us when we call, we will find Him when we seek Him & He will open the door to us, no matter how many times we knock. He never gets tired of us coming to Him. The time for us to come to Jesus is now, His arms reach out for us. He “will be with us always, even until the end of the world”. If you know the Word of God, you will know that Jesus implores us to ‘taste & see’ for ourselves, that He is good. If you are new to Jesus, I want to let you know that He invites us to come to Him. You are welcome “to call on Him in our day of trouble & He will answer us & show us great & mighty things we know not of” & it is written of Him that in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge & strength, a very present help in trouble” – any trouble at all, night or day! Jesus never ‘clocks off’’. Overtime is every time to Him. He will not get fed up of us like others will. Nothing is impossible” or too bad, dirty, disgusting, shameful, evil, wicked or embarrassing to God. It is the sincerity of our confession Psalms 51; “a broken & contrite heart He will not despise” is all Jesus looks at. And whilst He is dealing with our issues, He takes our burdens upon Him & grants us His peace. Have you ever had a situation that’s is screaming mayhem but you are calm? People wonder ‘how comes?’ but you know WHO! I do. Yet other times, because I had not given that situation or problem to Jesus & taken up His offer at that time, I was caught in the midst of the mayhem, until I handed it right over to Him. You think I would have learned by now don’t you but this is why daily, we are encouraged to ask for wisdom & increasing faith to make it through.
‘Why you may ask? “Well, it’s because the enemy, Satan, is relentless & he knows what buttons to press in each of our lives, but God is greater than that ‘button-presser’, the mischief maker, the adversary, the devil. God alone, is our Deliverer & our heavy load barer. Our pressure-releaser. Quick, illicit fixes, alcohol, drugs, clairvoyance, not even yoga, can do for us, what God can. It is by meditating on His Holy Word & talking to Him, this is the correct pathway. You do not need lots of words. There is no need ‘intellectual or WOW! words’ (as my 6 year old niece will say!) simply call His name & tell Him honestly, with even the tiniest grain of faith, “Jesus I need you” & He will answer. Some say “He shows up on time” but God is not a genie who appears when you rub an instrument, no. God is Omnipresent, ever present, always here, waiting for our reply to His initial invite. God is Omniscient, He knows everything already, we do not need to hide anything from Him. Even if we tried to, the reality is, we can’t. God is Omnipotent He is infinite & Mighty in power, nothing is impossible for Him. Nothing is too hard for Him. It is with man but you try Jesus & see, He can do anything!! His limits has no boundaries. Our problems, Your problem, yes I’m speaking personally to you now, is not too hard for God. Come to Him, He is waiting.
Today, take Jesus up on His invitation, it is free & we will not lose out, “all that is good & perfect comes from The Father of Lights, God above. There is no shadows (no hiding away from us because He’s worries He cannot deliver us) or variations in Him“. He is the same God who parted The Red Sea, rose Jarius’s daughter from the dead, fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves & 2 fishes, rose triumphantly from the grave, taking the keys to death & hell, gave us the miracle of life today & the promise of eternal life to come if we believe & are saved & He is speaking through me to you now. He will fill us with a “peace that surpasses all understanding”- we may not be able to figure out in that moment, why it is that we feel so safe & calm when everything & everyone around us have gone beserk but He will make us know that it is because of His perfect peace. Try Him & see. Your investment in Him is absolute & secure.
The ‘no refund policy’ is guaranteed & extended to us all, so cast that problem, that complex issue you are facing, that financial quagmire you may be in, the depression trying to pull you down into the depths, the loneliness enveloping you, being bullied, suffering discrimination, family falling apart, children gone off the ‘preverbial’ rails, spouse cheating on you, maybe they have left, the guilt binding you up in chains; the brokenness in your life, addiction; yes anything at all you are suffering in or from, for that matter, cast unto the shoulders of Jesus & He will deliver you & grant us His peace. He is standing at the door waiting with “His outstretched arms all day long”, don’t reject His invitation. He is here, right now, waiting patiently in this dispensation of grace & mercy. Come to Jesus, He will defend us.
Isaiah 40:31”But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”??
Share this message of hope with everyone you meet, especially your colleagues at work & encourage a soul today. You may be saving a life. Please pray for us here at LPCF as we always do for you & continue to send in your prayer requests & we will lift them up to The Lord. God richly bless you,