Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 June 2011 Matthew 11:30‏

Matthew 11:30.      For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 
Oh Friends, that beautiful, long awaited day, Monday is finally here! It’s dawning bright and sunny in all God’s glorious splendour! So let’s be up and at ’em, resume the battle in the trenches of work, like the good soldiers of Christ that we are. Okay, so you think I’m crazy…and I might just be, but we ought not to dread Mondays the way we do. Instead we should embrace it as a chance to come our diligently fighting for Jesus after our short respite on the weekend. But be that as it may, let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn to get us going. Let’s sing in full voice now, so that the enemy’s strength and the walls of his spirit will come tumbling down like the walls of Jericho. And all God’s people vociferously sang: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Yes mih people, I know that Mondays are rough for many of us, but there’s nothing we can do about, so instead of stressing ourselves out over it every week, we need to be better prepared and ready for it. One of the great downfalls of believers is that we moan and groan too much about things over which we have no control, like beginning a new work week on Mondays. We can gather all our spiritual armour right by our bedsides before we go to bed on Sunday night, just to remind us of the next day’s importance. (smile) But the problem is that we try to cram so much activity into our short weekend, that on Monday, we’re even more tired than we were on Friday. We are living in a very stressful world, but as believers we have the immense benefit and privilege of working with Jesus which ought to have us better grounded than we are. As He so rightly says in our Bit: ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.’ So why are we still dreading Mondays? Simply because we have not fully surrendered ourselves to Jesus and His approach to life. If we had, then we would not be so fearful. Hear John tell it like it is: ‘For this is the LOVE of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (burdensome). For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.’ (1 John 5:3-5) Yes Friends, we need to stop being fearful of the world and all its evil. And the only way to do that successfully is to completely surrender, put all your trust, ramp up your faith to the max, in Jesus, the One who so selflessly and sacrificially died for us, so that we could be cleansed from sin, receive salvation and enjoy eternal life in the Father’s presence. We have the best example of total surrender in Jesus, who always acceded to the Father’s will. Listen to His agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane the day before His crucifixion. ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ (Matt.26:39) And a short while later He said it again: ‘O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except (unless) I drink it, thy will be done.’ (Matt.26:42) Oh Friends, surrendering to the Father’s will is also our duty as believers, so please let’s follow Jesus’ example and do it to the best of our ability. Much LOVE!…heaven is awash in smiles…when earthly children totally surrender to the Father’s will…
 

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