I was talking with a gentleman at church recently who said that he found Christianity had been hard for him. I heard myself say, “I have found it easy.” After making this statement I re-checked myself, in the Lord. Is this a scriptural declaration?
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus said that if we take on His yoke and burden that we would find it to be easy and light and that we would find rest for our souls. He will teach us personally from His gentle and lowly heart. Psalm 23 says that the Lord is my shepherd, I will not want (or be in lack) and that He makes me to lie down in green pastures and lead me by the still waters – Jesus Himself will refresh and inspire us!
Am I prepared to take upon myself Christ’s ‘yoke’ and am I prepared to take His ‘burden’ upon myself? Setting time aside to ‘take hold of God’ in prayer and worship (Isaiah 64:7) is not something my flesh wants to do. Being yoked to Christ or abiding in Him is a restriction to my natural desires. Yet again we have the promise, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12). In John 10:10 Jesus also said” I have come that they may have life and that more abundantly.” How much do I want to experience, ‘the peace of God that passes all understanding’, or ‘the love of Christ which passes knowledge?’ Is it true that, “in the presence of God there is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forever more?”
Satan and our natural mind (our flesh) have lied to us for too long; Did God say….? People might say, “I have tried praying and reading God’s Word but it didn’t produce the results I was looking for. God will test our hearts! Jesus was tested by the Father as well as being tempted by the devil. I can tell you by my own experience, but more importantly by the Word of God, that ‘He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ Are we reading His Word and waiting in His presence until we experience His loving kindness? Remind the Lord, “Lord your Word declares, “If we draw near to you then You will draw near to us.” Remind yourself, in His presence, “Thank you Lord that all that You are, You are within me.” Persistence and expectancy that God will meet with you, based on His Word, is key.
As FGBA Gatekeepers we are preparing for our kingdom assignments and for a new anointing; an impartation of divine grace and power to be more effective to impact our families, cities and nations. As a child of God and because of the blood of Christ, we all qualify – God is no respecter of persons!
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of principalities and powers then it is time to take action. Firstly let us surrender ourselves afresh to the lordship of Christ, repent, if we need to, and come humbly before the one who truly loves us and allow Him to minister His peace, joy and loving kindness to our hearts, in Jesus wonderful Name. He alone can raise us up, for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
FGBA NSW/ACT National Director
FGBA National Director for Pastoral Care of Leadership