I’m preparing to teach a lesson on “Burnout” in my prayer ministry training course and was pondering Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-29 …Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 shall find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (NAS) The words “weary” and “heavy-laden” mean weary, tired, exhausted with toil or burdens or grief. And “rest” includes to refresh, keep quiet, calm patient expectation…to cause one to cease from movement in order to recover and collect his strength. And yoke had a meaning I had never seen before…..to balance….like a pair of scales. How powerful! Jesus invites us to come to him when our lives get out of balance and we are tired, exhausted and bearing heavy burdens. He wants us to stop moving and be still in order to recover our strength. We know that HE is our source of strength but at the same time He reminds us that we must be good stewards of bodies and our lives. Can you make some time to come to him today? This week? What will you do with His invitation to put on HIS yoke ——-His sense of balance in your life? Praying that we each accept His invitation. https://youtu.be/39fXNDO6IJY
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Last Sunday we focussed our thoughts on Seeing God …His way by learning about some of His names in the Old Testament. For our intercession today, let’s continuing proclaiming His names over ourselves, over the RG family and over our world. When we proclaim, bless, and honor His name, we are choosing to see from His perspective. Be encouraged and strengthened this week as you meditate and speak out the name of our wonderful God.
Blessed be Your Name https://youtu.be/du0il6d-DAk
This week, Americans celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving. The historical roots of this holiday are firmly focussed on giving thanks to GOD for his provision and sustaining through difficult times. Giving thanks to God is a repeated theme in scripture. One word for thanks in the Bible is the Hebrew word “yadah” (H3034). The basic meaning is to use or hold out the hand….to physically throw a stone or arrow; to revere or worship with extended hands; to confess, give thanks, praise to the name of God. What a powerful picture.
When we CHOOSE to thank and praise God….his character and his works…..it’s like we throw stones at our troubles, we shoot arrows against everything our enemy brings against us. We fix our focus on God who is GREATER than anything and who never leaves or forsakes us. “Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Me.
A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead it REJOICES in ME YOUR SAVIOR, in midst of trials and tribulations.” (quoted from Jesus Calling p. 341) I AM your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
As we pray today, let’s speak the language of love by THANKING our Father King, our Savior Jesus and our Advocate Holy Spirit for HIS peace and Presence in every moment of our lives.
A thanksgiving prayer https://youtu.be/5chzfHJ31RY
Dear RG faith family - as we end this week, it is time to look back and celebrate all our Father King has done. We look back, not just in our lives but far, far back to our roots in Him and how he has been faithful to his covenant of love through thousands of generations. It is important to look back so that we can go forward with the truth that He will be with us. Today read Psalm 67 (MSG) below and give HONOR to our amazing Father King.
Psalm 671-7 God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you. Let all far-flung people become happy and shout their happiness because You judge them fair and square, you tend the far-flung peoples. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you. Earth, display your exuberance! You mark us with blessing, O God, our God. You mark us with blessing, O God. Earth’s four corners—honor him!
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