Rest Jesus promises is love, healing, peace

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 12, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders, (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God.

Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. (NLT)

Matthew 11:28-30 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.

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Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. –Psalm 68:19 (NIV)

Marlene Briggs (South Dakota) titled her story “REST FOR THE WEARY;” here is a portion of Marlene’s story:

“. . . The weight of the pallet reminded me of the burdens I sometimes carry. Whether they are relational, financial, health-related, or simply part of the busyness of everyday life, trying to deal with the issues alone is always overwhelming. It can weaken me and make me less productive.

“Jesus reminds us that we don’t have to struggle on our own with fears, worries, or trials that weigh us down. He invites each of us to come to him when we are tired from carrying heavy burdens and promises that we will find rest. That’s a promise we can always rely on.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is always ready to share the weight of my burdens.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to cast our burdens on you and to remember how much you love us. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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