MATTHEW 11:28 COME TO ME, ALL WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST

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Good day People of GOD🙂

Today, we will be looking at Matthew 11: 28 where JESUS tells us to come to HIM and HE will give us rest.

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STRESS. STRESS. STRESS.

This is a word that is familiar to everyone in different stages of life. There is the good stress and the bad stress (which I think is more prevalent in this generation than the latter). Good stress is good as its name suggests because it makes you work to achieve important goals and get things done. If there is no pressure sometimes, you won’t get anything done. However, when stress becomes too much, it becomes bad stress.

There are just so many things that stress one out these days. Some causes of stress include self-centeredness, arrogance, aggression, low self-esteem, looks, food, fear of failure, worry about bills, pleasing people and the world, technology, uncertainty about the future, perfectionism, desire to be all  do all, etc. The list seems endless. Stress just seems to be available regularly. On reflection recently, I realized that I have been stressed out 80% of the time, my whole life. I have perfectionist predispositions so I am usually worried about everything being perfect just the way I want it to be. But, this is not realistic as y’all know.

THE GOOD NEWS however, is that GOD has promised you rest as long as you come to HIM ready to exchange your heavy yoke with HIS lighter yoke (Matthew 11: 30). What this basically means is that GOD is going to share your burdens with you. So, if you are ready to give up control to GOD, what you get in exchange is rest.

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As the Psalmist says, rest can only be found in GOD alone (Psalm 62: 5).Sometimes things may seem beyond your control or may not have turned out exactly as you planned. But fear not, for the LORD is with you; do not be sad or dismayed as you have the only Living Almighty GOD as your Heavenly Father. HE will strengthen and help you and uphold you with HIS Awesome Right Hand (Isaiah 41: 10). Two other verses of Scripture that provide reassurance of GOD being with you are:

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you (Psalm 32: 8 NLT).

29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 30 With your help I can advance against a troop[a]; with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22: 29-30 NIV).

These Scriptures are definitely the ones that saw me through college and some of the most stressful times of my life. And every time, I had to remind myself that GOD is in control, so all I had to do was praise HIM and realize that it shall be well with me:

10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings (Isaiah 3: 10 NKJV).

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Finally, you are just human and you are not perfect. Only GOD is. This is why they say, ‘Do your best and leave the rest to GOD’. Things happen, things change, but GOD is Constant and Faithful. I usually say HE is too Faithful to fail. Roll your burdens to the HOLY SPIRIT; and let HIM give you peace. Stress and worry are really not worth it. Besides, JESUS says in Matthew 11: 29,

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 (NIV).

Thus, some humility and gentleness also would go a long way in giving you peace, and helping you live a de-stressed life.

GOD bless you and Peace <3.

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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Romans 12:3 DO NOT THINK OF YOURSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN YOU OUGHT

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Welcome/Bienvenue/Shalom/Ekabo

Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at Romans 12: 3, where Paul implores us to be humble, and not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to.

‘For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you (NIV)’

Paul admonishes us not to think of ourselves higher than we ought. We should rather be sober in thinking about ourselves according to the measure of faith GOD has given us.

This is so important it hurts. Remember the rich fool who was blessed enough to plant and reap a great harvest. Instead of glorifying Awesome GOD for HIS Goodness, he was ascribing the glory to himself. He was thinking of himself with pride, rather than with humility. He forgot that it was even a privilege in the first place to get the seeds to plant in the first place. And that he was so blessed to plant and reap plenty. This is why GOD made that day his last day on earth (Luke 12: 13-21). He surely was not a good student of the Bible. He obviously did not remember Exodus 33:19 which says that GOD will have Mercy on whom HE will have Mercy on. Thus, good things in life do not depend on man’s desire or effort (Romans 9: 16).

It is important to be grateful to GOD for whatever goal or height you have attained in life. In the first place, it is by GOD’s Awesome Grace that you are alive. Many destinies are rotting away in the cemetery. This is not your fate because GOD has Chosen to have Mercy on you. It is also not because we are holy or righteous. Moreover, even if you have not exactly attained the height or goal you desire at the moment, it is even by GOD’s Awesome Grace that you are where we are today.

Awesome JESUS says that ‘Blessed is the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’ (Matthew 5: 5). Also, the earth is the LORD’s Footstool (Isaiah 66: 1).  All the silver and gold belongs to Awesome GOD. Only the meek shall inherit the gold and silver and wealth that belongs to GOD. GOD values humility in a person. Wise king Solomon says that ‘Pride comes before a fall’ (Proverbs 16: 18). When you reflect on your achievements or status in life, you should glorify GOD for the privilege to be have what you have.

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According to a Forbes.com article,

It’s hard to be humble, especially in a world that pushes “branding yourself”, competition, and fame. A world where legitimately changing your mind is labeled “flip-flopping” and refusing to change it no matter what is labeled “principled.”

There are two reasons why it is healthy and good to be humble:

  • You recognize that you are human and imperfect. And you make mistakes. So you don’t try to be perfect always.
  • You acknowledge that you don’t always have all the answers, so you are flexible or dynamic.

Finally, we should think of ourselves and our achievements with fear and trembling. With humility and gratefulness to GOD in our hearts. And we will see GOD blessing us more. Proverbs 22: 4 says:

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life (NIV).

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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