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In Touch - July 25, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008  -  Releasing Our Burdens to God - 1 Peter 5:7

Whether our burdens are relational, emotional, or financial, they can weigh us down. The longer we carry them, the heavier they seem. Unless we deal with them properly, they can cloud our thinking, interfere with work, and affect our family life.

The world’s answers are temporary at best. Like, live for today. Do what feels good. Drown your sorrows with pleasure or work.

Jesus Christ offers the only permanent solution. He invites us to come to Him and receive rest from the weight of our troubles. His wonderful invitation is all-inclusive and ongoing, covering believers and nonbelievers.

We all were born with a “flesh” nature that separated us from God. This separation placed us under His judgment. We bore a heavy load of guilt. But for those who have trusted Jesus as Savior, the sin-debt is marked “paid”. All guilt has been removed.

The first time anyone comes to Christ in faith, the Lord takes on the weight of those sins. Then He asks His followers to develop a lifetime habit of bringing their cares to Him. This is an offer motivated by Jesus’ profound love. At the Father’s request, God the Son left His place in heaven and became a man. He endured persecution. Jesus was crucified in our place. Christ demonstrated His love for us in everything He did. As a result, we can have confidence that He will never turn us away.

Every day Jesus invites us to draw near in order to find rest from our burdens. Have you said yes to Him today?



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