29 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. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:29-30 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Matthew 11:29-30 (MSG) — I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:29-30 (NLT) — 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Thoughts Of Devotion:
In our walk with the Lord we will face moments where we get tired in our journey. Different situations, testing and difficult times come to wear our spiritual strength and zeal. We reach a point in our lives where we no longer possess the strength to go on. We feel all the weight of the world on our shoulders, without finding where to shelter ourselves! At this time we feel the heavy yoke of life without finding rest. It is then that we must do what Jeremiah 6:16 says, ” Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.“
Thank God there is an invitation this morning to all who are heavy laden. His Word says Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest! The Lord gives us rest for our souls, new strength to our tired and weary lives. There is no reason why we should enter a new year this way, there is hope for our situation. In Hosea 11:4, it tells us, ” I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck, I stooped and fed them.”
God has better days for our lives, surely we will receive new strengths for another year. The Lord’s yoke is not heavy, it is very easy to carry. In Jeremiah 31:25 it is declared, “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” Do not walk one more day exhausted and without strength to go on, now the Lord wants to lift that heavy yoke you’re wearing! His plan is to give rest and peace to your soul. The best days are ahead, the days of walking tired and without spiritual advancement have been left behind. This morning take from the strengths of the Lord, just raise your hands and let the strength of the Lord fill you until you are overflowing. Amen!
John 5:40 (NKJV) — 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
John 6:37 (NKJV) — 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
Revelation 22:17 (NKJV) — 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Matthew 23:4 (NKJV) — 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV) — 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 66:2 (NKJV) — 2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
Psalm 116:7 (NKJV) — 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Isaiah 14:3 (NKJV) — 3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve,
Isaiah 48:18 (NKJV) — 18 Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Jeremiah 31:25 (NKJV) — 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”
Hosea 11:4 (NKJV) — 4 I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.
Philippians 4:7 (NKJV) — 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalm 119:165 (NKJV) — 165 Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
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