Friday, 13 April 2018
What is a burden? Answer: Something that weighs heavily on your heart.
Who doesn’t have a burden? Answer: Everybody has burdens.
Does the Bible say anything about burdens? Answer: Yes. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares (burdens) on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
Someone said that David was talking about his close friend Jonathan. If he is, I can empathize with David because I have also been hurt and disappointed by close friends. We do have higher expectations of our close friends. A hurting remark (or action) is very painful and a wound caused by a close friend takes longer to heal.
The enemy is sneaky and smart. When we are hurt, he sneaks in… A negative thought grows like cancer – toxic, sometimes fatal – it kills relationships. We must be very careful. We must guard our hearts and minds, surrender all our thoughts to Christ, and make them obedient to Him.
We must remind ourselves that our brother or sister in Christ is not the enemy. We do not live by the standards of this world. We do not wage war as the world does. Just imagine being with Jesus when He was arrested… Would you draw your sword like Peter?
Let us remind ourselves that our weapons are from God. They have divine power to demolish strongholds. To the Ephesians, Paul said, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD AND AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS.
Let us be alert and always keep on praying for ALL THE SAINTS. I have written in my Bible these words: Ephesians 5:21 to 6:18 are life’s primary relationships. Let us be vigilant in prayer, realize the reality of spiritual warfare, and know God’s promise of victory.
V – Vision (Ask God for a vision)
I – Insight (Ask God for insight)
C – Consecration (Ask God to consecrate our hearts)
T – Trust (Ask God for faith because faith is a spiritual gift)
O – Obedience (Obey God and His Word at all times)
R – Reverence (Desire to be God-fearing)
Y – Yield (Be willing to be led by the Spirit)
Dear Father God,
Victory is ours if we live and move and have our being in Christ. It is so important that we do not slumber spiritually and fall prey to the ferocious enemy. Help us to be vigilant at all times.
We shall always remind ourselves to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You. Help us to be self-controlled and alert.
I just watched a video of some young people threatening to cause physical harm to one another and I could hear the devil’s voice making comments that are not helpful in that situation. Therefore I say again: let us be self-controlled and alert. Let us yield to the Holy Spirit. Let us be aware that the enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Let us also be aware that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And since we live by the Spirit, help us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking each other.
Paul tells us to carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2a). Help us to do it your way. We want to pray without ceasing for all the saints. We know that victory in Christ comes from yielding to the Holy Spirit.
Lam Yee Ling