REST FROM STRESS

Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Many Christians are uptight, under stress, and struggling. A lot of stress is a byproduct of 21st century living. When we pursue our own aims, our will, and pick up burdens of our own making it will always lead to stress. Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light Matthew 11:28-30. The yoke is His will. Don’t be yoked to a “will’ of your own making (your will or someone else’s will) or plow in a field of your own making. Each place or point of stress can be a place where we are not yoked to Jesus, learning of Him, and doing His will.

Yes, we need to get enough sleep, eat properly, and exercise but some stress is not a problem to be prayed about but rather a call to change and getting back into the peace of God. We are to let peace rule our hearts Colossians 3:15. Peace can only rule our heart when we completely abandon our personal desires and our will, in order to obey His will. We also have an enemy who seeks to put his yokes and burdens on us but thank God the anointing of God will remove those burdens and destroy those yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” To find rest and peace keep in mind that:

1. Jesus has a “will” about everything in our life; all we need to do is please Him and we’ll find rest and peace.

2. He wants us to know His “will” or learn about it; He is not hiding it from us and it can be known.

3. God gives us enough grace (enabling power) everyday to follow that “will.”

Rest from stress

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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