Sometimes the ups and downs of life can get in the way of your relationship with our Heavenly Father. There is bills to pay, family responsibilities or emotional stress that tries to press you down. The burdens you carry can become so heavy to the extent you feel like giving up on life or your mind becomes cluttered with resolutions to the problems you experience. The Lord wants you to walk and work with Him and learn the unforced rhythm of His grace . ’Walk and work with Me’, ‘learn from Me’ and you will find rest. His yoke is easy and His burdens are light, take His yoke and rest in Him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 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.” Mathew 11:28-30 Message
On a regular basis, I reexamine myself to check out where I am with my relationship with the Lord. During these times I enquire of God with regards to my progress in my walk with Him. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 NIV Sometimes it seems like I am far away from Him and other times I feel so close but with the desire to get even closer to Him. I find myself answering questions, ticking checkboxes of my strength areas and crossing out where I need to work on. Today there are three questions thrown at you right below, search your hearts, test yourselves with the help of the Holy Spirit .
Do you have a relationship with the Lord?
Trials and tribulations can stand in the way of your relationship with the Lord. Your eyes can be pinned unto the problems of life and forgetting the God we serve. You can be tired, worn out and burned out on religion that you don’t know what to do. So if you do not have a relationship with the Lord, He is saying to you ” Come to Me, come to Me you broken one and I will give you rest. Come to Me you burdened and heavy hearted one and I will make it easy and lighten your burden”. The Lord wants you to start afresh, if you don’t have a relationship with Him and if you do have one, He wants you to be closer to Him
Have you found rest in Him?
Finding rest in Him is when your mind is renewed, your soul is refreshed, you are not worried about the present, past or future because you know that God will work it out (Psalm 47:10, Psalm 23:1-2). Whatever happens you still trust God so nothing shall separate you from the love of God(Romans 8:35). Finding rest is abiding in the secret place of the Most High.. You can only find rest in Him when you have an intimate relationship with God. Knowing fully well that your can always go to Him and pour your heart out to Him, tell Him where it hurts and He brings healing and restoration.
How do you walk and work with God?
Your walk with the Lord is a journey and along the road He shows you His unforced rhythms of grace, for you can’t do it on your own. His grace is sufficient to carry you through every challenge you experience. So when it seems like there is no way and you have come to the end of the road, rest in Him and trust Him to see you through. The road might seem so rough and bumpy but our Heavenly Father is there to walk with you, teach you the easy, light way and ability to live freely in abundance of His grace through Christ. Its a process and you have a responsibility to play in working with God and He will work it out. He will speak to you through the Holy Spirit to encourage, counsel, help and guide you. You will listen to His voice and obey His instructions.
Lord I pray for those who passing through a difficult season that You will strengthen them and lighten their burdens, for Your yoke is easy and Your burdens are light. Nothing is too difficult for You, I pray that You will give them peace that surpasses all understanding and they will find rest in You. Lord let their walk with You be steady and easy, learning the unforced rhythm of grace. In Jesus Name I pray Amen, Amen and Amen
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