Resting in His Love

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. (Matthew 11:30, KJV)

I give you you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. (John 13:34, Amplified)

When I hear a fellow Christian speak about just how difficult it is to love, it makes me cringe inside. My head wants to agree with them, but my heart won’t let me. And even deeper still, my spirit man knows it’s not true. Don’t get me wrong, I used to think and say the very same thing, but something changed. The way I think and the way a walk out this commandment has changed.

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” How can that be? He also said that we would find rest for our souls. Let’s take a look at another scripture that speaks of rest.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest… For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:2,3,10; KJV)

There is a place of rest that has been made available to those who believe. This passage tells us that it takes faith to enter into this rest. Let’s take a look at two scriptures that speak to us about faith.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, KJV)

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace… (Romans 4:16, KJV)

It takes faith to enter the rest, and that faith comes by the hearing of the word of God. Faith is trusting, leaning and relying, wholly on God and His word. And once faith is put into operation, it accesses grace, which is the power of the Holy Spirit (James 4:6, Amplified)

When I used to try to walk this love walk out in my own will power, it was very hard. When I began leaning entirely on the grace of God to love, it seemed so easy. It wasn’t me trying to love any longer. It was me yielding to His love in me, His Spirit in me, His power in me. I’ve often described it as the Nestea plunge. How hard is that? The difficult part has always been to just let go.

We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19, ESV)

First and foremost develop your faith in the love of God. Read scriptures that speak of His love for you and think about them, meditate them, say them, feed on them. Read about His love for others. Think, breath, live on His unfailing love.

Second, develop your faith in the fact that He lives in you. His love is in you (Rom 5:5). His Spirit is in you (1 Cor 3:16). His fullness is in you (Col 2:9-10).

First believe and receive His love and then freely give what you have freely received. It’s that easy. Stop trying to love and rest in His love and let it carry you.

For in Him we live and move and have our being… (Acts 17:28, Amplified)

A Yielded Vessel

This morning I’ve been thinking about Christmas. I love this time of year with all the decorations, the gifts, and the gatherings. I love wrapping gifts, putting up the tree, and playing Christmas music. But this morning, that’s not what I was thinking about. I was thinking about a young girl at the center of the story of Christ’s birth. I was thinking about His mother, Mary.

Lets take a look at some scriptures that mention this mighty woman of God, who started out as a yielded young girl.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:22-23, KJV)

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:30-33, KJV)

She was a young virgin, engaged to be married and God was asking her to carry His Son. It was going to cost her. It used to be quite a stigma in our society for a young, unmarried girl to become pregnant. But in Mary’s day, it was much more than a stigma, she could be stoned to death for such a thing.

But in the questions she asked and the things she said, I don’t see her thinking about what this might cost her, but just curious about how this could be.

Then said, Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:34-35, KJV)

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. (Luke 1:38, KJV)

Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. (Luke 1:38, Amplified)

No questions of “What about me?” or “What about my reputation?” “What about my life.” Her response was “I am His. And my life is His to do with as He wills.”

While this was so strange, so new, so impossible she never doubted Him. She believed Him and trusted Him with her life.

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. (Luke 1:45, KJV)

She yielded spirit, soul and body and brought forth the Son of God.

God has plans for each of us. They may seem strange and impossible. But if He’s asking I guarantee you it will be marvelous and wonderful. Yield today in all that He asks. Love the unlovely. Forgive the unforgivable. Step out on His word and do the works. Yield yourself to Him and to His plans and let His power work in you and through you to change this world forever. All to the glory of God.