Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
We are on a journey...the journey of life! We are pilgrims passing through this world in our passage to eternity. This world is at best a bus stop, a train station or, if you like, an airport. This isn’t home! Depending on whether we know Jesus as Saviour and Lord, our final destination will either be eternal life with God in Heaven or eternal damnation with Satan, the devil, in Hell!
The way God created us, there is only so much weight we can carry. Satan, the devil, being aware of this, seeks to burden us with all kinds of yokes, loads and heavy burdens that are too heavy for us, making us weary, distracted and unfit for purpose.
However, Jesus takes the devil’s burdens and yokes, and replaces them with His yoke which is easy and His burden which is light! In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (NLT). The song says:
His yoke is easy; His burden is light.
I’ve found it so; I’ve found it so.
He leadeth me by day and by night
Where living waters flow
Unfortunately, even Christians are allowing the devil to weigh them down with unnecessary burdens particularly in the area of worry and anxiety! God expects us to cast all our anxieties upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). In Philippians 4:6-7, He says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT).
To worry, as a Christian, is similar to an air passenger who places his carry-on luggage on his lap instead of using the over-head storage compartments! Such a person wouldn’t enjoy the flight; they would simply endure it!
Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that makes the difference.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
Isaiah 10:27 (King James Bible, Cambridge Ed.)
May I suggest that you pray right now in the following terms? “FATHER, thank You for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I cast off any yoke and burden that are not of you, and take up your yoke which is easy and your burden which is light. Help me to travel light. In Jesus’ Name I pray. AMEN.”
Have a fantastic new month! And whatever you get up to this month of June, make sure you’re Crushing the Devil!!!