The Lord Jesus Invitation to Rest in Him

God’s Word: Read Matt.11:1-30
I pray that when you came to the end of the chapter you got a smile on your face. Read this paraphrase of verses 28-30 from the Message Bible and imagine the Lord Jesus saying this words directly to you…

[Your name]____________ 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 rythms 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.

Have you ever been tired doing good? Did you know that all of us who serve God & follow Him in one way or another get tired? I know we get tired sometimes serving God because it never ends or sometimes we focus on what we are doing instead of who we are serving. We focus on the labor not on the Lord. God’s word says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author & finisher of our faith”. I also begin to get tired when I doubt that my work for God is making a difference.

There’s good news! The Lord Jesus promises we rest when we surrender our lives to Him, when we slow down & hang out with Him. It’s an undeniable truth that we become who we hang around…. What kind of people do you hang around? Keep company with Jesus & your life will change…. That’s a promise!

The Immeasurable Power of the Gospel

God’s Word: 1 Cor. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

Paul had made up his mind to drop all oratorical adornments and preach nothing to the Corinthians but the simple message of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. At the beginning, he was without strength, in fear and in doubt. It was at times like these, and in view of these circumstances, that the Lord spoke to him by night in a vision, “Be not afraid, but speak, and hold your peace: For I am with you, and no man shall hurt you” (Acts 18: 9-10).

True enough, there were no words of worldly wisdom in Paul’s preaching. The apostle was depending on the power of the Holy Spirit to make it clear to the Corinthians so that their faith might be based not on man’s wisdom but on the power of God.

Even those who are spiritually mature received wisdom from the Gospel-wisdom not of this age, nor of the rulers of this world, which would come to nothing. Rather, Paul was faithful in preaching the revealed wisdom of God, which He had kept in store before the world came into existence, revealed for His glory, the knowledge of which not one ruler of this world possessed. If they had, they would not have put the Lord of glory to the cross.

The FAITH that is the effect of the inward and powerful teaching and demonstration of the Spirit rests upon, and is supported by, the power of God. It is certainly saving and will endure through all trials, even to the end.

All of us also experience Paul’s experience in sharing the Gospel. But, as we ask the power of the Holy Spirit, He can use us mightily and with results.

Read: 1 Sam. 24 &1 Corinthians 2.

Thought: Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him

God Sends His Own Son

God’s Word: Rom. 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man.
This admirable chapter begins with no condemnation and ends with no separation. Almost every verse sparkles with great divine truth. It dazzles with beauty from the beginning to end. It furnishes us with unspeakable privileges of true believers – the freedom from condemnation, their hopeful prospects under tribulation, their assistance from the spirit of prayer, their interest in the love of God, and their final triumph through Christ.
We are content to meditate upon this grandest truth of “God sending His own Son”, which even angels desire to look into. The method of the Law has failed as a justifying force. It failed because it was weak through the flesh. The Law could not overcome the obstructive forces of the depraved human nature.
So the method of love was set in motion through God sending His own Son, Who was made flesh and dwell among us. He kept the Law perfectly and, by His sinless perfection, condemned sin in the flesh. By His perfect obedience, He was able to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy divine justice. He was raised again for our justification.
Jesus is sin’s destroyer. He opened up a way for justification for and sanctification for those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. We mourn that our sins had resulted in the crucifixion of the Lord of light & glory. Let us show our true gratitude by not crucifying the Son of God afresh, by triumphing over sin & by walking after the Spirit of light & purity.

Thought: The Son of God became the Son of Man so that the sons of men can become the Sons of God.

God’s Covenant Blessings for You and Your Family

God’s Word: And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.(Genesis 2:18)
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. (Proverbs 5:18) Whosoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22)

Marriage is a union between two imperfect individuals who, despite their imperfections, make a covenant to join their lives together, for better or for worse. God can make your marriage exactly what you always dreamed it could be. When your marriage is built on the Rock of Ages(The Lord Jesus Christ). you can endure the shaking and make it all the way. You can successfully navigate through every trial & tribulation.

Marriage is a covenant made before the throne of God. It is a symbol of God’s relationship with His church and is binding through the endless ages of eternity

In your marriage, sacrifice the opportunity to be right! Say “I’m wrong, please forgive me.” when wrong. When you do, the Lord will make a dwelling place in your home, and it will be established on the right foundation.

The Lord Jesus Knew That Prayer Generates Results

God’s Word: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.’ Mark 1:35

Prayer Works.
Satan dreads your prayer link to God. He will attempt to sabotage it in any way possible. Don’t let him. Make a daily appointment with God. You make appointments with your friends, lawyer, dentist, etc. Schedule a specific moment with God, it is an investment. You will never be the same!!!

The Lord Jesus Prayed, So we Need to Pray.
The Lord Jesus Prayed During Crisis Times. Just before His crucifixion, He prayed three different times to His Father (Matt. 26:44).

The Lord Jesus Taught His Disciples How to Pray. There are six important words to remember as you read “The Lord’s Prayer.” (Matt. 6:9i-13).
1. Praise. “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name”(Matt. 6:9). Here is an important place to remember that God assigned Himself numerous names. Jehovah-Jireh, (Gen 22:14), Which means “the Lord Provides”. Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) Means “the Lord that heals.”
2. Priorities. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). This is where you ask the Lord to implement His plan for each day. Ask for His help to be done in government, in your job, in your home, and in your personal life.
3. Provision. “Give us this day our daily bread”( Matt. 6:11). When you pray, begin to thank God that He is providing all the finances and other resources you need for life.
4. Pardon. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12). Jesus instructs His disciples to release forgiveness and pardon to those who have sinned against them. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. Mercy is given freely to those who give it freely.
5. Protection. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13). Jesus taught His disciples to pray for total protection throughout their day.
6. Praise. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:13). Jesus taught them to end this prayer time again with praise to their heavenly Father for who He is and the power He releases into their life.
Lastly, Don’t forget the prayer of agreement. “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19)

PRAYER: Father, thank You for prayer! I know that when I am in Your presence, you will reveal your plans and desired for me. Constantly remind me that prayer works and always will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The Lord Jesus Avoided Unnecessary Confrontation

God’s Word: Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.
Truths:
1. Stay Away From Unnecessary Conflict, It is exhausting & unproductive. Quarreling and arguing are a waste of time. Millions of dollars have been lost in negotiations because of the argumentative spirit. Warfare is costly, and nobody really wins.
2. The Lord Jesus Focused on His goal. He did not oppose them. He did not fight them. He had other plans. He was about His Father’s business. He focused on the goals the Father gave Him. “And came down to Capernaum, a City of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days” (Luke 4:13). The Lord Jesus did not withdraw into depression, He did not enter into an unnecessary dialogue with them. He did not cower in a comer of His parent’s home. He proceeded toward His mission and purpose. The Lord Jesus never compromised, nor feared argument. His use of the whip in the temple reflected His strength and war against evil. However, He did not waste His energy on trivial conflicts that did not merit His attention.

Learn to keep your mouth shut. “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles”. (Proverbs 21:23).

3. The Lord Jesus was a Peacemaker.

Prayer: Father, help me keep my mouth shut and stay in an atmosphere of peace and productivity. Do not let me wander down the path of quarreling and confusion. Keep me focused on the task at hand. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

The Lord Jesus our Example in Patience

God’s Word: In your patience you will gain life. Luke 21:19

Impatience is costly. We are living in an impatient generation, fast foods, microwave ovens and crowded freeways reflect this philosophy.

Our great mistakes will happen because of impatience.Most.businesses that fail, do so because of lack of preparation and time.Great businesses do not happen overnight. Many great countries took years to become an independent nation. We should be deliberate with our projects. Become a “long-termer.

 The Lord Jesus refused to be rushed by the emergencies of others. There is no scriptures recorded that show where He has hurried or ever in a state of emergency. Consider the time when word was sent to Jesus that one of His close friends, Lazarus, was sick. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, wanted Jesus to hurry and pray for his healing before he died. Jesus kept His own agenda, an unhurried and unrushed agenda. Lazarus died. Here is the story:

  “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus,of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha… whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore, his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God…

  “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

  Decisiveness is powerful and magnetic, but Jesus never made decisions due to pressure tactics from others. Refuse to be intimidated by statements such as, “This is the last one available this year. If you don’t buy it now, you may not get another chance.”

   Prayer: Father give me patience. Teach me to wait until I hear from You and know that the time is right. Thank you for giving me patience and the desire to do things correctly. In Jesus’ name, amen.