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Memorize & Meditate

 

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Each week we will post a scripture to challenge you to hide God’s Word in your heart. Commit it to memory, meditate on it and apply it to your life.

January 14-20

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all you 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.

 

Meditate and apply:

  1. What heavy burdens have you been carrying around with you that us weighing you down and you need to surrender to God so you can find rest for your soul?
  2. Yokes are used on animals to guide them. But putting on the easy yoke of Christ, we allow Him to be our guide. We allow the wisdom of the Bible to lead us. What promises can you find in God’s Word that would help you with decisions or problems you are working through?
  3. When Jesus said His yoke was easy and His burden is light He was contrasting the legalistic teachings of the Pharisees who greatly distorted or exaggerated the Mosaic law placing rules and regulations over and above what God had given to Moses. Being a disciple of Jesus is following His teachings without adding to or taking away anything. Anytime we add to His teaching we are attempting to be a Christian by our own works rather than the work that Jesus did on the cross and through His resurrection. And what a burden it is when we try to do it on our own. Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No ones comes to the Father but through faith in Jesus. There is no way to do it through our “goodness” or works. Is there any way that you need to let go of your own works and simply come to Jesus by faith, resting in His finished work for salvation?

If you are carrying around the weight of a burden right now, take a moment to visualize the weight off it on your shoulders. Then visualize Christ reaching out His nail-scarred hand offering to take it from you. See Him lift it off your shoulders and placing it on His own. Visualize the weight lifting off of you as you surrender it to Him. Now that He is carrying the weight, spend some time talking with Him, searching the scriptures for wisdom, and ask Him work out His perfect will for your burdens.

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