Lay it Down

Do you ever feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? I can think of a few times in my past where I have felt this way, not quite understanding why. If you are feeling this way, I want to encourage you to do a little self-evaluation. Who are you around? If you had to document every moment of your day-to-day activities, what do you spend the majority of your time doing? I assure you that somewhere along the line, the burdens you carry were never intended for you to carry in the first place. The word of God says that He will never give us more than we can bear. But what about the stuff you gave yourself? Some stuff you are experiencing in life right now come from you.

If you allow yourself to be in a situation that you were never meant to be in, you end up carrying a burden you were never meant to carry. You cannot be every thing to every body. Learn how to pray for people, trust God then let it go. Do not let other people’s problems become your problem. Make it up in your mind that you will not disappoint God by trying to take things into your own hands. Watch how much better you feel when you make the decision to trust God, not worry and lay everything at His feet in prayer.

Remember, there are consequences behind every action, so if you decide not to trust God and do things on your own then you have to accept and deal with the results. Our loving Father holds the world in His hand, so there’s no reason you should feel like you have to carry it on your back. He has granted us the opportunity to come to Him in prayer at any time. When a friend, loved one, or complete stranger comes to you with a problem, don’t try and handle it yourself. The best thing you can do is pray.

One last thing, make prayer your first resort, not your last. While you’re trying to figure it out, God has already worked in out. In your prayer time, ask God to rid you of every unnecessary burden and shut every door you have opened for yourself and open new doors that only He can open to keep you in line with His will.

Thought Check:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV


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Obedience Is Best

I am a firm believer that when you know better you do better.  That being said, lately I have wondered why so many people still choose to do the wrong thing.  I mean every time I turn on the television, the amount of ruthless and outright disobedient behavior is unbelievable.  I was having a conversation the other day about people’s rights and the laws of the land.  Yes, I get that there are laws and rights, a lot of which I feel like if they did not exist people would still do what they want to do anyway.  But even still, just because you have the right to do something, does not make it the right thing to do.  We are experiencing a severe moral decline in our society.  People know better, but seem to be doing whatever it is they are big and bad enough to do. And the more unfortunate part about it is a lot of these same people also profess Christianity.   As Christians we are in the world, but the bible declares that we are not to be of the world.

Christians are held to a different standard.  Those of the world run their own lives.  They do what they want, when they want without regard for how it affects others or whether or not it is approved of by God.  Christians however, should seek to walk in obedience.  Not obedience to man, but to God.  They are to be led, guided and willingly controlled by the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit will always lead right to the will of God.  God wants us to choose His will, but what He won’t do is force it upon us.  So by me saying when you know better, you do better this is not a completely true statement.  The fact of the matter is you must still make a decision.  When you know better, you must decide to do better.  This is why so many people seem to be doing anything they want.  They are making a decision.

What I’ve come to learn is that obedience hurts.  It is the place where your flesh and your spirit disconnect.  When our feelings do not support our actions, it can be a difficult thing to process.  So, in essence obedience is a form of strength.  How strong are you when you just do what you want to do?  It takes self-control, discipline and commitment to actually do the right thing.

I’ve made it up in my mind that I am going to be like Paul and run my race and finish my course.  When life happens, I will be obedient.  My hope and prayer is that the spirit of God inside of me will lead me and guide me at all times.  When we willfully choose to do what God requires of us, even when our thoughts and feelings are not supporting it, it shows our love for God.  No matter what life throws your way, make up in your mind right now that you will be obedient.  If for no other reason, because obedience is best.  #iDeclare #ObedienceIsBest


Father God in the name of Jesus, please help me to be obedient because I understand and truly believe that obedience is best.  I decree and declare that I am in this world, but not of it.  I am held by a higher standard and I choose to make decisions and operate in a manner that is pleasing to God no matter what life throws my way.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Scripture Reference:

John 14:15 NLT “”If you love me, obey my commandments.”

Romans 2:13 NLT “For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.”