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Monthly Archives: February 2015

              When we are born again, our minds become like His.  We will stop striving for glory or honor.  We will only want to learn from Jesus, at His feet.  We will understand that the value of our efforts depends on the blessings of the Holy Spirit, not on us.  When we surrender our will to Jesus, He shares our burdens ~ He takes our stresses and worries.  Then we will have His peace.  

Nothing in this world can hold us down in depression when Jesus is in our hearts.  

               Our lives may seem like a tangled mess at times, but when we surrender them to Jesus, He will weave the strands of experience into a pattern that shows His glory.  Lives that reflect the glory and the character of Jesus will be at home in heaven.  

              In fact, heaven begins here on earth when we accept Jesus as our Savior.  As we learn to follow Him, to be like Him, we begin to experience the joy of eternal life.  The more we know about God, the happier our lives will be.  As we walk with Jesus here, we can feel His love.  

Heaven begins as we feel His presence here.

             Jesus asks only that we ~ follow His way.  He said, ” ‘ The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy, the load I give you to carry is light’ ” (Matthew 11:30;).  

             He wants us to live by the law that He offers to write on our hearts.  When we follow His way, we follow His will ~ that is we live by what Jesus would do, rather than the sinful way we would choose for ourselves.  This is the way Jesus lived while He was n earth.  He said, “I came from heaven to follow My Father’s plan, not My own.”  

            In the same way, we can follow Jesus’ way instead of our own.  We create much of our own stress and unhappiness when we try to live by the rules and customs of the world around us.  Pursuing possessions and power, we wound our own hearts and add regrets to the burdens we already carry.  But God wants us to give up our worries and burdens and to trust Him.  

           If we put honoring and serving God first in our lives, we will find that our heavenly Father has a thousand ways in which to care for us, that we know nothing about.  His teachings will free us from the wrong ideas, bad habits, poor behavior ~ and will train in preparation for heaven.  Jesus’ heart was always at peace.  He was not excited by praise or depressed by criticism.  He kept His courage even in the face of danger or rejection.  But many who follow Him are worried and anxious because they are afraid to trust God.  

God’s peace can come only with complete surrender.  The troubles of this world cannot destroy us when Jesus is with us.  

              Jesus longs to take away our pain and worry.  He sees that we are wore out by the cares of life.  We try to fill our hopeless hearts with the pleasures and promises of everyday life.  Jesus offers us something better ~ “accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.”  (Matthew 11:29).  

             What is missing from our hearts is God ~ an understanding of His love and His plan for our lives.  Jesus spoke these words for all human beings.  Whether we admit it or not, all humans carry heavy burdens that only Jesus can take from them.  The heaviest burden is the weight ~ the guilt ~ of sin.  This weight alone would crush us if we were left to carry it.  

But Jesus ~ the Sinless One ~ came to carry the guilt of our sins and the burden of our worries and sorrows.  

           Jesus stands now by the throne of the universe, but He still identifies with humans.  He knows by experience our weaknesses, our desires, and the power of the temptations we face.  He faced all the same temptations we do ~ but He overcame each one.  He never sinned.  Today He offers His victory to us.  Whatever human weakness we find in ourselves, we can turn to Jesus for help.  Whatever trial or problem we face, we can turn to Him and He will give us the strength to face it, the wisdom to accept it, and the endurance to get through it.

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