Sharing by: Pam Crawford
"Then Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."
Like many of you I struggle with finding rest within my burdens. The past few weeks have challenged my faith in areas that I haven't yet been required to explore. Thankfully I have been blessed to learn, and I will not waiver from the truth, that the only way we make it safely through adversity and disappointment is by staying tightly connected to the best power source available to mankind. In the above passage Jesus is offering us an alternative to Satan's schemes of discouragement, despair, and defeat. "The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose"(LASB).
Spiritual attacks are a common occurrence in the life of a believer and they come in many forms. We would be wise to remain on guard and to recognize disappointment and adversity for what it is. If Satan can get us to doubt the goodness of God in our circumstance then he has us right where he wants us. A "fool" walks away from that which he is unwilling to work at. I am confident in this statement because I have been that fool and the end result has never been rest.
Faith is not just a word or something we associate with religious doctrine. No, faith is an outward expression of obedience within that of which we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). I have included an article by Jon Walker titled Show Your Faith by Obedience to help us better understand our responsibility within this thing we refer to as faith. Although we cannot see or touch God we can know Him through His Word. I believe it will be the very thing that helps us rise above the temptations and challenges of this world. I pray to be blessed by the instructions of the Master. I cannot cower from what God reveals, and what a privilege it is to ask God to help anyone in need of His kind of rest and revelation God loves to hear from us. He gave us His Son to learn from and praise God that the Holy Spirit is available to anyone seeking rest. Be blessed through your relationship with the Father and I encourage you to share your love for Him with others.
Show Your Faith by Obedience
by Jon Walker
“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 11:29-30 MSG)
Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his
constant presence in our lives. He says, “Walk with me and work with
me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace”
(Matthew 11:29-30 MSG).
Jesus is real, and so our response to him must be real. In other words,
we can’t just say we have faith; we must show our faith by doing what
God tells us to do. Deitrich Bonhoeffer, an influential theologian who was
martyred under the Nazi regime, says, “For faith is only real when there
is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of
But taking a step in and of itself doesn’t mean we obey Jesus. He is very
specific in what he tells us to do. He doesn’t say “Follow some general
biblical principles” or “Submit yourself to a certain doctrine.” Jesus
doesn’t present a plan for positive thinking or suggest seven simple steps
to becoming his disciple. Jesus says, “Follow me,” and we do just that.
Bonhoeffer also says, “Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way of our
own choosing. Even if our choice leads us to martyrdom, it is devoid of
promise and Jesus will certainly reject it.”
Bonhoeffer notes we can never follow an idea in personal obedience.
“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without
discipleship; Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without
Christ.” “It remains an abstract idea,” says Bonhoeffer, “a myth which has
a place for the Fatherhood of God, but omits Christ as the living Son. And
a Christianity of that kind is nothing more or less than the end of
discipleship. In such a religion there is trust in God, but no following of
Talk About It
While I'm Waiting by John Wallerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3b2jw1rjBc
In Christ by grace,