His Yoke is Easy

We sang this old hymn Sunday night. The words touch many aspects of my relationship with Jesus and where we have all been. I hope you find the words encouraging.

His Yoke is Easy

Daniel S. Warner

 

I’ve found my Lord and He is mine,
He won me by His love;
I’ll serve Him all my years of time,
And dwell with Him above.

 

No other Lord but Christ I know,
I walk with Him alone;
His streams of love forever flow,
Within my heart His throne.

 

He’s dearer to my heart than life,
He found me lost in sin;
He calmed the sea of inward strife,
And bade me come to Him.

 

My flesh recoiled before the cross,
And Satan whispered there,
“Thy gain will not repay the loss,
His yoke is hard to bear.”

 

I’ve tried the road of sin and found,
Its prospects all deceive;
I’ve proved the Lord, and joys abound,
More than I could believe.

Refrain:
His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I’ve found it so, I’ve found it so;
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow.

The hymn is inspired from the words of Jesus recorded by Matthew.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Why do people recoil from Jesus and claim that He demands too much? Why do we think it is so hard to follow Jesus? Is it because we do not believe? Jesus himself said “I will give you rest.” Is it because we are afraid to trade one set of burdens we are comfortable with with another we fear? All the while we think we can handle our own burdens. Never realizing we can set them down.

God bless. Swap yokes.

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Do You Feel Okay?

Do you feel saved? Do you feel like you are doing the right things? You might even have a checklist of things you do to make you feel okay about yourself.

  • Went to Church on Sunday – Check
  • Read my bible this morning – Check
  • Fasted yesterday – Check
  • Did not eat meat on Friday – Check
  • No Catfish – Check
  • No Pork – Check
  • Dressed up for Church – Check

Alright that is enough, I am not trying to pick on anyone. (There is certainly nothing evil or wrong about having rules and rituals, we all have them.) I just want to make the point the Hebrew author made in Hebrews 13:9.

So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:9

The author is talking about the struggle Jewish Christians had converting from Judaism. They grew up with  many rules and regulations governing their spiritual and physical lives. When they converted to Christianity they put the law and its regulations behind them and their faith and trust in Christ.

They found that hard. Especially when all those things made them feel okay. We can fall into the same trap when we put trust in doing certain rituals or abstaining from things to feel okay. This is a problem because it is very easy for us to fall away when our human strength cannot keep us on the straight and narrow.

The good news is we do not have to worry about these things any more. Our strength comes from God’s grace, not from what we do to feel okay.

God bless.

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!!!

Got Guilt?

Guilt as defined at Wikipedia.org.

In psychology and ordinary language, guilt is an affective state in which one experiences conflict at having done something that one believes one should not have done (or conversely, having not done something one believes one should have done). It gives rise to a feeling that does not go away easily, driven by conscience.

We all do things that make us feel guilty. You might argue you feel no guilt. Some as the wiki article states believe guilt is just a way to control people. Once you convince people something should not be done then the guild associated with doing it keeps people in line. The same argument is made about God. Without all the laws and sins the Bible tells us about, there would be no guilt. And no need for God to remove guilt.

Oh but guilt is not so easy to do away with. We can argue until we are blue in the face and we will still have guilt. Why, because there are things every person believes he must do. People pay lots of money for professional services to help them forget the past.

Our guilt comes from the lies we tell, both others and ourselves. Guilt comes from the broken relationships we wasted our love on. Murder, robbery, cheating, abuse, war, words we cannot take back, lost time with our children, mistakes made in our youth, and the list goes on. I think we try to lie to ourselves to convince us we have no guilt. But then again these are only lies.

Would it be nice to have a way to put guilt behind us?

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Yes it is true, you can take one treatment and be cured of guilt.

God bless. Boot guilt.

Mary’s Song

   “My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
      of the humble state of his servant.
   From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
      holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
      from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
      he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
      but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
      but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
      remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
      even as he said to our fathers.” Luke 1:46-55

I do not want to say much. What can I add? We serve a mighty, mindful, and merciful Savior. This God lifts up the humble, fills the hungry, helps his servants, and remembers to be merciful.

God bless

Scripture from New International Version

Zechariah’s Song

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
      because he has come and has redeemed his people.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
      and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our fathers
      and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
      and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
      through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
      by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
      and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:67-79

Sorry about the long scripture. I want to use it to make a small but immensely important point. God’s purpose for the  oath he swore to Abraham and the purpose for sending Jesus into this world was to save us from our enemies (sins), to empower us to serve God without fear. “Fear of what,” you ask? Fear of God, fear of failure, fear of sin, fear of punishment, fear of man. Probably all fear.

Having been saved from our sin, we are now able to function. To be holy and righteous just the way God intended from the start.

God bless.

Scripture from New International Version

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

I love this song and the text.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

God Bless.

Psalm By Steven Sutton

I have been reading Steven’s new psalms. Been looking for one to share and I really enjoyed this one and wanted to share. It is different from my usual posts. I hope you are encouraged.

Your the Maker of My Hands
by Steven Sutton

You’re the maker of my hands,
Thank you Lord,
I am made in your image,
And I proclaim your glory.

I enter in to your courts to give you praise,
Even though I have not seen you,
I now that you are there,
For your glory fills the air that I breath.

I bow before you kneel and adore you.
I offer my burdens and praise your name.
With a face shining like light,
You accept me and put me right.

And I worship you in your beauty,
Trusting in your love and holiness,
That your hands made me and I proclaim your glory.

Amen

The full post can be found here.