Posts Tagged ‘yoke’

The Price Is Too High!

Mar 27

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, you were purchased at a high price and to be enslaved by sin is too high of a price for you to pay the enemy to hold you in bondage. The apostle Peter told us we are a slave to whatever controls us. All sin controls us and cost us dearly. Sin always ravages whenever we allow it in. Sounds horrible doesn’t it? Yet because of the high price that bought us out of slavery to sin and death—there is forgiveness. The apostle John reminds us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Now that sounds like a wonderful deal doesn’t it?

Dearest girlfriends, let us stop paying a high price for sin and run to our heavenly Father with a repentant heart and receive His forgiveness and purification.

God purchased you at a high price. Don’t be enslaved by the world. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:23 NLT

… You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. … ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
 
… For you are a slave to whatever controls you. ~ 2 Peter 2:19 NLT
 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9 NIV
 
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1 NIV

A Gentle Invitation

Feb 09

by Victoria Robinson

If you are weary, there is someone who is inviting you to rest. The One who has a humble heart is extending a gentle invitation for you to find rest and whose yoke is easy and burden is light. Girlfriends, sometimes this is the exact opposite of how we feel in our busy and tumultuous lives. We can feel stressed to the max and on overload.

Rest assured, your heavenly Father never intended for you to live your life without His rest. He desires to give you all the rest you need. His intense love for you means you can relax and feel well-rested. If you are struggling with this area of your life, then consider the words of the psalmist, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” All true rest is found in God alone. The lie we can fall for is if we just create enough time for recreation, sleep, or downtime, this will take care of us. While these are all important and good, without God at the center of them—they are futile.

Dearest girlfriends, let us accept His gentle invitation and find the wonderful rest only he can give.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

 
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. ~ Psalm 62:5 NIV

Easy Living

Dec 11

by Victoria Robinson

In the 1937 classic comedy, Easy Living, we find the leading lady, Mary Smith, broke and in dire circumstances. Through some very funny events, Mary, who is still broke, soon finds herself living in a luxury apartment. Mary is living an easy life, even though her life is imperfect. By the end of the movie Mary finds true happiness.

Does an easy life mean an idyllic life? According to a story found in the book of Jeremiah, not necessarily so. Imagine living as an exile from your homeland, yet still having an easy life. Sounds like a paradox doesn’t it? Here we find the Israelites having been carried into exile by God, the one no less, telling them to live a wonderful life. The truth we can take from this is to look at our lives right now, no matter how difficult, and look for the good things God has for us.

Jesus himself told us, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Yet He also told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” He also went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that no matter how imperfect our lives are, we would look for the “easy living” found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
 
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” ~ Jeremiah 29:4-7 NIV 
 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 NIV
 
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34 NIV