Are you weary ?
Is your heart heavily burdened?
Surrender to Jesus and seek assurance in Him. When you are yoked with Jesus your burdens become light. Hallelujah!
“Come to me, all who labor 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.””Matthew 11:28-30
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.Psalms 23:1-6
The Lord is my Shepherd = That’s relationship.
I shall not want = That’s supply.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That’s rest.
He leadeth me beside still waters = That’s refreshment.
He restoreth my soul = That’s healing.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That’s guidance.
For His names sake = That’s purpose.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That’s testing.
I will fear no evil = That’s protection.
For Thou art with me = That’s faithfulness.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me = That’s discipline.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies = That’s hope.
Thou annointest my head with oil = That’s consecration.
My cup runneth over = That’s abundance.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life = That’s blessing.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever = That’s security.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,Song of Songs 2:10
and come away.
I hear the voice of my Beloved! He speaks to me! Fair weather is smiling upon the face of the earth, and He does not want me to be spiritually asleep while nature is all around me awaking from her winter’s rest. He bids me “Arise,” as well He might, for I have been lying long enough among the weeds of worldliness. He is risen, and I am risen in Him; so why should I still cleave to the dust? From lower loves, desires, pursuits, and aspirations, I want to rise to Him.
He calls me by the sweet title “my love” and counts me “beautiful”; this is a good argument for my rising. If He has exalted me and thinks me fair, how can I linger in the tents of wickedness and make my friends in the wrong company? He bids me “Come away”; further and further from everything selfish, groveling, worldly, sinful, He calls me; yes, from the outwardly religious world that doesn’t know Him and has no sympathy with the mystery of godliness. “Come away” has no harsh sound to my ear, and what is there to hold me in this wilderness of vanity and sin?
My Lord, I want desperately to come away, but I am held among the thorns and cannot escape from them as I wish. I would, if it were possible, close my eyes and ears and heart to sin. You call me to Yourself by saying, “Come away,” and this is indeed a melodious call. To come to You is to come home from exile, to reach the shore out of the raging storm, to finally rest after hard labor, to reach the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes.
But, Lord, how can a stone rise; how can a lump of clay come away from the horrible pit? Please raise me; draw me by Your grace. Send Your Holy Spirit to kindle sacred flames of love in my heart, and I will continue to rise until one day I will leave life and time behind me and come away indeed.
Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.
“We mustn’t allow our circumstances and disappointments to become the excuse for the choices we make in life. God is greater than all of that, and He can bring beauty out of ashes. Our trials come, Augustine said, “to prove us and to improve us.”―Alistair Begg,
Don’t allow disappointments in life to give you what seems at the time a justified reason for a bad choice.
I did. Almost nine years ago I allowed my disastrous circumstances and disappointment to forge an idea in my mind. I followed through with what seemed like the best thing for me at time. Not before letting God know that since He had let me down I had no other choice. What an utter fool I was.
Had I known then that God was Sovereign, I would not have fallen into the trap of self deceit.
BUT GOD, has been so loving and kind in my present circumstances. He has given me the strength to continue living for Him everyday and filled me with the love I need to bestow on those close to me that were affected by my stupidity.
I am suffering daily the consequences of my error and choice, (MY SIN AND REBELLION) there is no escaping that, BUT GOD, has taught me so much during these last nine years. He not only forgave my disobedience but brought me back to Himself.
His love is so real, so tangible that I can not stop the tears of gratitude when they come rushing down like water.
When I look back and see where I was and where God has brought me I am amazed at the transformation. To Him be the all Glory!
God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit Of Truth, and He will lead us into all Truth. I made mistakes for not knowing and studying the Truth as found in God’s Word. I just followed the teachings of the Church I was attending at the time. I was not like the Bereans (Acts 17/11).
I failed God. I rebelled. I was disobedient. BUT GOD In His love and mercy received me back to Himself. It took much pain and many tears to get me there.
BUT GOD is so faithful. Blessed be His Holy Name.
Don’t allow disappointment and circumstances dictate your choices in life.
RUN TO JESUS.
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”