Archive for February, 2016

The secret of calm and peace

February 28, 2016

The secret of calm and peace and
rest and patience and love is
resting in the Lord.

Jesus said, “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).

Jesus promises that His yoke will be easy and His burden light, but there’s one condition: “Come
to Me.” When you are wearied with the strain of it all, you can fly to Jesus on the wings of
prayer and faith and get the relief that He alone can give you. He knows what you need most of
all: rest and peace and fellowship with Him, and feeding on His Word.

“And you will find rest for your souls.” Not many people understand that a soul is both body and
spirit. If you don’t rest in the Spirit, you are going to wear out your body.

Take His yoke on you—not the yoke of this world or your own yoke, but the yoke of Jesus’ own
love and His burden of love for others.

Live in the Word.

February 22, 2016

Live in the Word.

The Bible is a very deep book. Read it and you will find a continual revelation of more and greater truth. In fact, you’ll find that the Bible is such an enormous study and so fascinating and so deep and so broad that it is, as the prophet Ezekiel said, “waters to swim in” (Ezekiel 47:5 KJV). So, dive in and swim! Revel in the depths of His Word—the refreshing water of the Word that will feed your soul, strengthen your body, renew your mind, lift your spirit, encourage your heart, and purify your whole being.

You should hunger for the pure milk of the Word, just like a newborn baby hungers for his mother’s milk (1 Peter 2:2). There is a saying about health: “You are what you eat.” That’s just as true of your spirit: You are spiritually what you read or take in by other means. So be sure you’re getting the right spiritual food—the good, wholesome, nourishing, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, feeding truth of the Word of God. God will bless you as you take in His Word.

(Prayer:) Help us, Jesus, to remember what King David said about Your Word: The secret to being blessed in all we do is living in Your Word night and day (Psalm 1:2-3). Help us to do that. Amen.