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Monday, September 14, 2015

Yes, Lord

My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light'” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT).

Do you have an idea you wonder if God has placed on your heart? Could it be God’s burden for you to take on your shoulders? You must determine if what you believe to be God’s call is truly from Him. In prayer you discover that a burden from the Lord persists. The Holy Spirit seems locked on one subject no matter how much you attempt to deter Him. God also never calls His child to something that contradicts the truth of His Word. Hence, His truth needs to be known. This can only come from studying and meditating on the Word. He will most likely send confirmation through a word or a person or a circumstance. The human mind conceives many venues of confirmation, but God is never restricted. As you seek Him in prayer and study His Word, if what you “feel” is truly from Him, the burden to say “yes” grows.

When you determine that the burden you feel is actually a call from God, He expects a positive response. There might be a quick fear at the sudden overwhelming realization that the idea is from the Lord, but at the same time you experience peace knowing your imagination is not working overtime. Refusal shuts the door to not only your spiritual growth, but to God’s purpose and anointing. If you agree to shoulder His burden, His power working through you is limitless. When you give the Lord complete right-of-way, enthusiasm and determination grows stronger and replaces the perception of how heavy the burden might become.

Just as Jesus had a responsibility to God’s call upon his life, so have we (Romans 11:29). Christ yielded completely to His Father’s desire for ministry, and greater still to His Father’s purpose on the cross. He gave His life away willingly. When you say “yes” to God's call, you allow your own will to die and you learn more than just obedience and diligence. You learn the joy of sacrifice.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,” Jesus whispers, “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). “Rest for your soul” is the peace that comes from saying “yes” to the will of God. It is only when you are willing that you find fulfillment. Give away your life,” Jesus implores, “and you'll receive more life in return! You will find real life and blessing when your will is lost in mine” (Luke 6:38)!

God has placed His heart and the burden of His call within the heart of man, and that call means sacrifice. What is God’s burden for you? Only you can make it resound with His promise. His passion for you took Jesus to the cross. Your passion for Him is revealed in your response to His call.

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