Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Light and Easy

For many years my Christian walk was not really enjoyable. Actually, I think I worried more after I got saved than before. I was constantly worrying that I was not good enough or making the right decisions and I lived in condemnation 80% of the time (always having bad thoughts about myself).

Now, I don't know about you, but I think there is something wrong with this picture. As believers the rest of the world is supposed to look at us and desire what we have. If we are living our Christian lives in the state mentioned above, no one in their right mind would want to live like that!

"For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh,hard,sharp or pressing, but comfortable gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne."
Matthew 11:30


You see, I had it all wrong! I was so focused on my behavior and all that I thought was wrong with me, that I was not enjoying God. His way is light and easy to be borne because when we just enjoy Him and see ourselves the way that He sees us, life is easy and enjoyable. When we learn to trust in His power at work in our lives taking care of everything, we can simply be.

Does life feel harsh, hard, sharp or pressing? If so, there is a better way! There is His way. The Holy Spirit will teach us about truth, about the finished work that is ours to rest in. Then others will desire to live as we live.

They will desire the peace that we live in, the love that we bask in, and the favor we walk in.

Since the Holy Spirit started speaking to me about resting in the finished work I have found peace and joy. I do not worry like I used to and I no longer believe the lies of the enemy. God looks upon me with favor. He has my life in the palm of His hand and I can rest, relax, and enjoy Him. I can trust in His power actively at work on my behalf.

Thank You Jesus, that we can ALL live this way, continue to show us Lord, that others may desire what we have.

6 comments:

Angela said...

God looks upon me with favor. He has my life in the palm of His hand and I can rest, relax, and enjoy Him. I can trust in His power actively at work on my behalf.

Thank You Jesus, that we can ALL live this way, continue to show us Lord, that others may desire what we have.

amen amen amen

awesome post...

Tracy Wagman said...

Entering into His rest is the opposite of what we might think to do. When there's a problem we rush to solve it and busy ourselves. Resting doesn't seem like an option. But rolling it over to Jesus and resting in Him is the best choice (He gives us peace)because He will take care of it for us.

Cheri Bunch said...

You are an inspiration! Thank you!

Cheri

Martha said...

I can relate!! I became so focused on being legalistic that I became frustrated and my relationship with the Lord began to dwindle.

Then I realized that the Lord shed his blood to cleanse away our sins.. including our imperfections! Whew, I can breathe now. While I strive to be Christ-like, I am more focused on the Lord and my bond with him :)

Powerful message, thank you for sharing!!

Shanda said...

When I think of you; this is the message that instantly comes to mind. God's grace and rest is beautifully displayed in your life.

Thank you for writing about the update on Cheri's blog as well. I am praying for them!

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, yes. I love that even though we continue to face trials, even though we don't get a pass to "Easy Street" when we receive Jesus, we can still have peace and joy.
He is with us in every moment.
He is good in every circumstance.
He is faithful in every situation.
And because of Him, no matter what we face we can have peace and joy.
Amen, sister!