I Must Tell Jesus

This week in my studies I have noticed that most of what God is teaching me is coming to Him like a little child.  I think about my grandson.  When he wants to be held, he is never hesitant to crawl up in my lap for a cuddle.  He knows that my arms are always open.  When we were children we had less of a hesitation to be loved.  Life throws curve balls that leave us with gaping holes of hurt.  As people are more and more unaccepting, we begin to see God in that same mindset as well.  We feel that in order to go to Him with our problems we have to be perfect.  We get into this pattern of thinking that Jesus is expecting perfection, therefore it only leads to self rejection.  Others have rejected us, then we reject ourselves, therefore why wouldn’t Jesus reject us as well?

Jesus wants us to come to Him as a little child.  Letting go of all the lies the adversary has convinced us to be truth.  There are no restrictions for a longing heart.  Jesus wants to meet us where are, as we are.  He knows that we are not perfect.  We are going get angry, and sometimes lose our cool.  We are going to succumb to our flesh, because are flesh.  The important thing is not allow those failures to hinder us from coming back into the loving arms of our savior.  He doesn’t stop saving us at the cross, he saves us each and every day of our lives.  There isn’t a road block between us and his arms, and how often has the enemy convinced us there is.

It doesn’t matter what kind of house you own, or the make and year of your car.  When we were little children our friends were not chosen by how fancy their house was, or what kinds of clothes that they wore.  That came later as we followed the examples of the haughty adults in our lives.  When we are children we look at the heart, when we are adults we look at the flesh.  Sadly, we even judge our own selves by a set standard of what we should be.  This creates a barricade between us and that chair.  We won’t sit in that chair because we are not good enough.  We won’t sit in that chair because we have allowed ourselves to lose our child like love for Jesus to become tainted with worldly expectations.

We need to go back to our childlike love for Jesus.  Letting go of what holds us back.  Knowing that He sees us as good enough, even when we don’t see it in ourselves.

 

(c) Angie Counter *Beyond The Scars Ministries*

~*~ There is life beyond the scars ~*~

He Bore My Burdens For Me

     He bore my burden for me, he lifted my load, straightened the road at Calvary he set me free. The thorns on the crown were my hand me downs, the stripes on his back weren’t his own. Yes he died alone but now he lives own and he bore my burden for me…

     “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” Isaiah 53:4

Burden: a load, especially a heavy one.

What is your burden? What heavy load are you trying to bear on your own?  I know for me, there are a couple of weighty ones I’ve struggled with lately, and as I’ve been just spending time trying to let go of them, placing them into God’s more than capable hands, I’ve struggled with truly letting go.  It’s easy to say I’m going to let them go, and give them to God, but truly doing so isn’t easy for me.  A couple of years ago God gave me a powerful lesson that I came across while studying tonight:

Have you felt at times that you are walking in un-mapped territory on unsteady ground? I have felt like this over the past week, feeling like my emotions were so out of control I felt like they were in the clouds one minute and under my feet the next. God is so faithful to teach us during these highly emotional times, and I guess it’s just that we are so desperate for an answer from Him that we are more open to hear His voice out of our sheer desperate need. I felt like I was carrying a 100 pound weight on my heart, my stomach was tied in knots with tears that were constantly stinging my eyes. My heart was so heavy from trying to carry not only my own problems, but those of the ones that God has placed so close to me in my life. All day long when my heart would start to feel so heavy I couldn’t hold it in my body any longer I’d whisper, “Lord, it’s me and you!.

Midway through my workday, exhausted both mentally and spiritually, His sweet and calm voice stopped me in my tracks. “Angie, pray and release!” I froze, goosebumps spread from my head down to the tips of my toes. PRAY AND RELEASE! What a profound lesson. He then proceeded as he often does to tell me a story as example. He said, “If you are planting a garden, you plant the seed, cover the ground and wait. If you dig the seed up to keep looking at it to see if it is growing, the seed will die. You have to trust that when you plant the seed, that the rains from the heavens will nurture the seed, the soil of the earth will nourish the seed, and in its appointed time the seed will manifest its fruit or vegetation. The same is when you are praying to Me for an answer, plant your seed of prayer, and by faith know that as you cast your seed into the ground of faith, I will water and nourish this request, and in my own time, my own way I will bring it to pass. You have to pray to me, release it into my hands, then let go and let me work.”

What a powerful lesson from the Lord I learned this week. He is the one that carries our burdens, lightens our loads, because of his love for us, and our relationship with Him. Because of His journey to Calvary, we now have someone who takes our heavy burdens, works all things together for our good, as we then rest in the waiting. That’s not always easy to do, but Jesus is telling us today to Let go, and let Him handle whatever heavy loads we are trying to carry; give to him the heavy burdens we are trying to bear on our own. Today let us begin a new way of praying, PRAY AND RELEASE!

Heavenly Father, I ask that as each and every person that reads this they feel a new revelation of your desire for us to trust you completely. That we as your children come to realize that when we cast our prayer to you as seeds, by faith we are letting them go and trusting that you are all-powerful to nurture our need, bringing to the surface the manifestation the answer we so desperately planted. Father, you are so faithful and just, so ready to work on our behalf if only we will come to you in complete faith and trust. I pray that you touch the heart of each reader that reads this today, be to them what they need in their lives, as I thank you for each and every one of them as a blessing in my life’s journey. In the most wonderful and powerful name of Jesus I pray, ~Amen~

(c) Angie Counter *Beyond The Scars Ministries*