Hello! How are you? How is the beginning of your September going? In spite of all the “hustle and bustle”, everyone who has kids should be back to school and getting back to business as usual. I know a few people who “milk”every second of their summertime, but their kids don’t necessarily acclimate to a routine right away. This could be very stressful for everyone involved-parents, kids, teachers, bus drivers, etc… Who would have thought there would be stress while trying to achieve rest? Unrest does not only effect the body, but, it also effects the soul.
For those who are truly seeking God, the first requirement is to come to God, come to Jesus. People always think they have to get “cleaned up” first or make themselves right before coming to God, but nothing can be further from God’s truth! God says “come”. He didn’t say “Come when you are no longer a sinner”; or, when you think you are good enough for Him…He says to “come now” because YOU ARE a sinner. “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; here is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12) God does not discriminate as to who can obtain salvation and eternal life. His love and mercy is extended to anyone and everyone. And, to ensure that there is a bridge between Himself and mankind, He sent His Son to die on a cross to shed His blood for whomsoever would receive God through His Son, Jesus.“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Joh 3:16-17) “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
God accepts us as we are. He does not ask us to change before coming into His presence. Truthfully, it is after we come that He begins to change us and gradually (yet continually) conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus. But, that transformation begins after we repent (turn from) our sins. First, we come; then we repent; and then begins our transformation into the image of God’s Son, Jesus. God sees and cares the burdens and struggles we carry. He sees our anxiety and restlessness-it actually hurts Him to see us live like that. The problem with living like this must create a tremendous amount of pressure and tension. That’s why He wants to give us rest. He wants to carry our burdens, but that could only happen when we release them and give them to Him. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.“(1Peter 5:7) When we give Him our burdens, we are surrendering our lives over to Him; we are putting our trust in God and acknowledging that HE KNOWS better how to love us, care for us, and how to teach us how to go through our struggles so we can apply His ways into our lives.
I also want to add that being weary and burdened is not a one time thing. Can you relate to that? I know many times when I “feel” strong or rested, I take my struggles back and carry them again until they wear me down, All the while God is saying “No! No! No! Come to me when you are weary and burdened and I will give your rest.” He doesn’t want me to be so weary that I am being pulled down and looking down and not looking up and keeping my eyes on Him. The enemy of our soul will do whatever he can so that we will not focus on God, trust God or love God. The reality is this-God is a loving Father who sees everything we do and everything we go through. “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)
Please know that most people are walking around carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. We are living in stressful times as a society, as a nation; and God is being pushed out of the way more and more because of an Anti-Christ spirit that is very real and very prevalent on this planet. That’s the bad news I’m sorry to say, but it is the truth. The good news is “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 Joh 4:1-4) “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” (Romans 3:3)
As you walk Every Day With Grace, I want to encourage you that there is God who loves you, cares for you, and will carry your burdens for you if you just come to Him willingly as He extends Himself with open arms to you and an invitation to be yoked into His salvation for all eternity. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)
In His Love,