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  • Five Burdens You Need Not Carry by N Gumbel

    Five Burdens You Need Not Carry by N Gumbel: Bible in one year 2019

     

     

    At the end of his life, Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened!’

    Churchill was speaking about the burden of worries that never materialize. However, there are many different types of ‘burdens’ in life, and some of them are very real. Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you… and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11:28–30).

    A yoke is something Jesus would have made in a carpenter’s shop. It is a wooden frame joining two animals (usually oxen) at the neck, enabling them to pull a plough or wagon together. The function of the yoke is to make the burden easier to carry.

    I love the way Eugene Peterson translates this passage in The Message: ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway with me and you’ll recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly’ (vv.28–30).

    Psalm 68:15-20

    1. Anxiety

    In his book Affluenza, the psychologist Oliver James points out that ‘almost a quarter of Britain suffers serious emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety, and another quarter are on the verge thereof’.

    David praises God ‘who daily bears our burdens’ (v.19). Burdens here may include many things. One of the burdens that God bears for us daily is the weight of worry, stress and anxiety.

    John Newton said, ‘We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.’

    Each day, you can commit to God your fears, worries and anxieties. It makes all the difference. He daily bears your ‘burdens’ (v.19).

    Thank you, Lord, that today I can come to you and bring to you all my burdens, worries and anxieties…

    John 18:25-40

    2. Failure

    The great apostle Peter is asked, ‘“You are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not”’ (v.25). This is his second denial. Then a third time, Peter is challenged and denies knowing Jesus (v.26). At that moment a cock began to crow (v.27) – just as Jesus had predicted.

    Peter realized, as most of us do from time to time, that he had failed Jesus. A sense of failure can be a great burden.

    This passage is not the end of Peter’s story. After his resurrection, Jesus met with Peter and reinstated him, forgiving him for this failure and commissioning him once more (21:15–25). With Jesus, failure is never final.

    Although Peter failed him, Jesus took the burden of his failure, forgave him, reinstated him and used him as powerfully as anyone in human history.

    3. Injustice

    One of the many things that Jesus had to bear was a totally unjust trial. It is a basic principle of every fair system of justice that it is up to the prosecution to prove the case against the defendant. It is on them that the ‘burden of proof’ lies. Therefore, every fair judicial system needs to overcome the basic prejudice that because a person is on trial they must be guilty.

    When Pilate asked, ‘What charges are you bringing against this man?’ (v.29) they replied, ‘If he were not a criminal… we would not have handed him over to you’ (v.30). In saying this, Jesus’ accusers were unjustly attempting to reverse the burden of proof.

    Pilate also unjustly denied Jesus the right to silence. He said, ‘What is it you have done?’ (v.35c). He tried to get Jesus to condemn himself out of his own mouth. Jesus says that he came into the world ‘to testify to the truth’ (v.37b). Pilate asked, ‘What is truth?’ (v.38a).

    It is almost as if Pilate seems to be questioning (as our post-modern society does) whether there is such a thing as ‘truth’ (that is, absolute truth). However, Pilate is face-to-face with the Truth himself, Jesus Christ – who endured an unjust trial – and, far worse, the unfair penalty of crucifixion and death – for you and me.

    4. Sin

    Despite this unjust trial, Pilate concludes, ‘I find no basis for a charge against him’ (v.38b). Jesus is completely innocent. Pilate wants to release him but the crowd shouts, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion’ (v.40). Jesus, the innocent, is condemned to crucifixion. Barabbas, the sinful, goes free.

    The symbolism is clear. On the cross, Jesus, the innocent, died so that we, the sinful, may go free. He bore this burden of our sin.

    ‘Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour… our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death’ (Psalm 68:19–20).

    1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

    5. Guilt

    Guilt is a horrible burden. A guest in one of our Alpha small groups described the physical feeling of guilt as being like ‘a very bad case of indigestion’. But guilt is more than just a physical feeling. It has even more serious emotional and spiritual consequences.

    God has given us all a moral sense – a conscience. Often, we feel guilty because we have done something that we know is wrong. However, our consciences, as fallen human beings, are not perfect. Sometimes we experience false guilt. We feel guilty about things that are not actually our fault. We need our conscience to be educated by the word of God.

    At other times we don’t feel guilty about things we should feel guilty about – in which case we need our conscience to be awakened by the Spirit of God.

    David was given an opportunity to rid himself of the person who was trying to kill him – Saul (24:1–4). Instead of taking that opportunity, David merely cut off a corner of Saul’s robe in order to prove to him that he could have killed him had he wanted to.

    Nevertheless, David was ‘conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe’ (v.5). ‘He felt guilty’ (v.5, MSG). David clearly had a very sensitive conscience and felt the burden of guilt for having done this to ‘the Lord’s anointed’ (v.6). Yet he was able to declare to Saul, ‘Now understand and recognise that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you’ (v.11b).

    For a moment, it seems, Saul himself was conscience-stricken, ‘he wept aloud: “You are more righteous than I… You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly”’ (vv.16c–17). In the midst of his jealousy, Saul had the odd moment of sanity – where he experienced true guilt.

    David avoided taking any further burden of guilt upon himself. He was about to avenge Nabal’s ill-treatment of him and his men. Abigail came to the rescue. With enormous skill and diplomacy, she brought gifts to David and said, ‘Upon me alone let this guilt be… The Lord has prevented you from bloodguiltiness’ (25:24,26, AMP).

    She went on to say, ‘… my master [David] will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself’ (v.31).

    David realized that Abigail had rescued him from the burden of guilt: ‘May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands’ (v.33). Abigail’s skill is one we all need to develop. It is good to speak with wisdom and diplomacy when advising others on how they might act, so that they avoid doing things that will lead to guilt.

    David avoided taking judgment into his own hands. Then, ‘the Lord struck Nabal and he died’ (v.38). When David heard that Nabal was dead he said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head’ (v.39). Eventually, it all ends well with David marrying the newly widowed Abigail.

    Whether we have the feelings that accompany it or not, the burden of true guilt is real for all. Jesus died on the cross to take our guilt.

    Thank you, Lord, that you take my guilt, my fears, my worries and my anxieties and daily bear my burdens.

  • Pray without ceasing.- makes my heart clean.

    Praying for this scripture to become a reality in my heart does not change anyone but me.

    However, it also changes the relationship between me and thee.

    It opens my eyes to what a rich relationship can be.

    It closes the gulf of ignorance that may exist between everyone in the world, don’t you see?

    Prayer is the cleansing of the ocean shore of life.

    As it ebbs and flows the Holy Spirit erases strife.

  • Need something uplifting to reading during this pandemic? Try this 🙂
  • John 12:30-36 Who will you put your trust in Child of God? Man or God?
    Who has never failed you?
    All human beings are subjected to being failures at some point in their leadership.
    David was a man after’s God’s own heart, but he failed – see
    • 2 Samuel 11:1-4 Bathsheeba HE commits adultery
    • 2 Samuel 11: 12-27 He commits murder – to cover up his sin.
    • 2 Sam. 24:10-17 Power goes to his head, and he takes a census in violation of God’s command. In human beings, ultimate power corrupts ultimately. Unless God steps in.
    Friends do not become discouraged when human rulers fail you. There are basic things that they should do to keep their people safe, but without the direction and guidance of the Almighty God, they will lead people down the garden path right into the compost piles of life. Remain in prayer and keep looking upward toward your ultimate king for deliverance. Obey the guidance of the human authorities in your local areas, as long as it does not ask you to violate God’s law.  Reason through the lens of love rather than the lens of politics, and you will begin to love like Jesus.

    There is and will always be only one ultimate ruler.

    LIKE THE PHARISEES of old, some of us are still looking for a human being to redeem us, to deliver us, to make us safe and secure. Just read what the Pharisees said to Jesus.
    Prayer: Lord, keep my mind open to the truth of your word and to focus on the one, the only one who can genuinely deliver me. The history of the Nation of Israel, the Books of the Old Testament shows us that human government is a fleeting thing and that NO human being can deliver us from this body of sin. Only Jesus.
    Lord, thank you for your Holy Word that You have sealed for your people to read, feed, on, and live out.
    Thank you for the freedom to worship you in spirit and in truth and the recognition that no rituals can ever forgive our sins, or deliver us from this body of sin. In the same way, NO HUMAN BEING can do that!
    31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. 34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 35 Then Jesus said unto them, “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness comes upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”
    WE WILL ALWAYS BE SURROUND BY THE ACTIONS OF DARKNESS AS LONG AS HUMAN BEINGS ARE IN THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP. They can DO NOTHING LESS! So, let’s walk-in —
  • Psalm Chapter 90  (KJV): Lord, set up your people – we live in your promise of joy!

    Psalm Chapter 90  (KJV)

    (Unless otherwise cited, the scriptural references in these devotionals are from the King James Version

    of the Bible found on http://www.Biblegateway.com Psalm 90 – Public Domain edition.)

    Context

    The psalmist speaks on behalf of the community of Israel. An attempt at an outline could be presented as follows.

    1. The psalmist begins with an earnest reflection on YHWH longstanding protection His people(vv. 1–2).
    2. Then a clear statement about human mortality (vv. 3–6) continues with a discourse about suffering and a brief life span.
    3. Finally, the psalmist ends the psalm with a request for God to mitigate their misery and bring them to a good place.

    The psalmist opens the psalm with an indication that the people want Yah to teach them in such a manner that fosters wisdom (v. 12). The tone of the rest of the psalm places it firmly within the category of a lament.

     

    You are our hiding place, Lord.

    The term dwelling-place ( mā‘ôn in Hebrew) is used of animal dens (Job 37:8; 38:40; Ps. 104:22; Nah. 2:11, 12), suggesting a place remote from human habitation. 

     

    Life is so fragile

    3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

    God’s nature is immutable. He has no beginning and no end. God lives outside of time and space (compare Ps 102:27; Isa. 41:4; 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:4; 1 Tim. 6:16; Rev. 1:8). We know that when we are in a time crunch for a prayer to be answered, it appears as if God will never answer us. We just need to be still and be patient. Remember the story of Daniel and the angel Gabriel? Well, read it here! We experience life as a fragile, thin whisper of a thing. Within 1,000 years of human history, all sorts of pleasant and devilish things will happen, but for God, it is just like a nanosecond.

    Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

    David experienced the mortality of life. He knew what it was like to live in a desert. He could be resting on arid land, and then a few miles away, he could be in an oasis. Plants come, and plants go in the desert.  Humanity is just like that. Just read these verses of scripture to paint an internal picture of what David was visualizing (Ps 102:4, 11; 103:15; 129:6; Isa. 51:12). Can you see what he was speaking about? During this time of the 2020 World Pandemic, some people realize that life truly is short. But instead of resetting our mindsets, we are short-circuiting them. Because we don’t fully grasp that dead is dead and then there is a judgment, we are walking into the face of death full force without the comprehension of the consequences of dying without Christ. David has come to realize that life truly is short.  Now, let’s see what he is asking Yah to give him.

    Give me a heart of wisdom, Yah.

    7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

    David has acknowledged the sins of his people and their lifeline limitations. He identifies that there are no sins that are hidden from God. He continues by notifying Yah that they will cease to exist because of His anger against his people. Then the psalmist tells Yah that he knows how long his human life is supposed to last 3 scores and 10  ( (20+20+20+10=70). But just in case they are really healthy and robust, they might only last until age 80. So, in the meantime, Yah, teach us how to apply our hearts to your word and become wise, not in our own conceit, but to have the ability to make the right choices and speak the right words at the right time.

    Acquiesce, Please, Yah!

    13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

    Now the psalmist is pleading for the community. He is begging Yah to ease up on the punishment of  His people. He wants Yah to replace the people’s misery with joy. He wants Yah to present HImself through the glory and splendor of the word of His hand and declares that this will lead his servants to praise him. He knows that only Yah can make their work fruitful, thus enabling them to worship him. 

    Wrap up: One must remember that the psalmist is not aware of the Christ, His coming, and the promise of eternal that all believers have in Him. No matter how difficult this life may appear to be, we will experience eternal life at the end of this journey. It is not the end of our existence. Of course, one must be an individual who believes that Jesus Christ came, died, and was resurrected. He sits at the right hand of God and makes intercession for His chosen children. He knows our names friends.

     

  • Want to experience joy?

    Zephaniah 3 17 2020

    We can all choose to remember this scripture as we travel through this pandemic. It may look bleak. It may appear to be a huge inconvenience in the flow of our lives. Or, we can thank the Lord for our mandatory vacation from the busyness of life and press into His word and into His arms. Reach out to our brethren and learn how to live then better than we have loved them before.

    1. Connect with the unconnectable.
    2. Connect with the unloveable.
    3. Connect with the Sinner.
    4. Connect with your neighbor.
    5. Connect with our whole heart.
    6. Connect by sharing His love.
    7. Connect and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    8. Connect and accept His rejoicing.
    9. Connect and worship Him with singing.
    10. Connect and receive His joy.

     

     

  • Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? ENGLISH and Chinese.
    Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? There’s hope here. #sorrow #guilt #HOPE #JESUS #TheStory
  • Happy Mother’s Day Mums!

    #YouAreLovedMums

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers who are out there.

    An e-card From You Are Not The Only One Ministries & Consulting Services Inc.

     

    This card is for all mums, but especially mum’s …

    1. Whose children are gone, and they are still here burning the torch for Jesus!
    2. Who are estranged from their children?
    3. Who have an aching pain in their soul because their child has taken a path that caused them grief and sorrow.

    Scriptures that tell you how much He loves you, mums.

    1. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    2. 1 John 4:8 – He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
    3. Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    4. Romans 8:37-39 – Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
    5. 1 John 4:16 – And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.
    6. 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because of fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
    7. 1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.
    8. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
    9. Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
    10. Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    11. Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

  • It’s Sunday Morning. Are you isolated and cannot go to church? Worship with us online 🙂

    #brokenheart #panic #tears #Jesus #FriendofTheWoundedHeart 

    This is the one day of the week when God’s children should not feel alone at all.

    Visit Freedom Life Church on Facebook

    Just know my dear friend that you are not alone. You are in a battle for your life, BUT you are not alone.

    The most powerful force in the universe is not standing still.

    He is fighting for you.

    You are covered by the Blood of Jesus and that makes the enemy scared! So if you live anywhere near where I live “Come and Sit with Me!” If NOT sit with me at home – live from Freedom Life Church

     

  • There’s a story that inspires all others: In English & Chinese Versions

    Watch it in this short film.

    #TheGospel  #SharingHisStory #ItsAllABoutUJesus

    您为明天担心吗?这部短片为未来发生的事情带来希望。  Chinese Version

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