Come to Jesus!  Three words that should be current in our every day walk with the Lord, whatever the day holds in trials, victories or the mundane.  His very presence changes the atmosphere when we invite Him in, come to Him, walk WITH  Him.  Our problems arise when we are inconsistent and allow discouragement to taint our walk.  When discouragement creeps in, we need to remind ourselves that this imposer is not from God.  This is the time to press the re-set button and re-focus on the Lord.  Come to Jesus!  Jesus is our burden bearer.  Only when we come to Him in our trials will we find His strength and ability to walk the passage, the trial of our faith.  Matthew 11: 28-30 Jesus declares: ” Come to Me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”

We were created for God’s “good pleasure”, to know Him and fellowship with Him daily.  When we live independently of ourselves, our trials and burdens can crush us and discourage us.  Come to Jesus!  He is ever present, waiting in the shadows of our lives, waiting for us to call on Him, to come to Him.

Maybe we can remember past times of victory, healing, encouragement, but the current trial has produced a new thicket of thorns that has wearied you.  Come to Jesus!  The challenges of life appear in many different forms.  Now is the time to encourage ourselves in God.  Somewhere we have dropped the baton in the race and focused on the trial, instead of our Burden Bearer, the Lord Jesus.

Don’t settle for less than God’s best, believe for more!

Take up that baton once more to continue your race for the prize, knowing the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His fullness.  Romans 5 is the much more chapter.  The words much more are mentioned five times in this chapter.  Read it through prayerfully.

Verse 17 declares: “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, MUCH MORE they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ”  Our birthright in Christ is to reign in life in the power of His resurrection, not to try and drag ourselves through, focusing on the problem, instead of focusing on the One who is Lord over the problem.  The storm of the trial may continue for a season, but focus on the fact that Jesus is in the boat with you!  He is the Master of the storm and can shelter you under His wing, a safe refuge.  Come to Jesus!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding”, Proverbs 3: 5

This week in the United Kingdom a General Election will take place for the people to democratically vote in the government of their choice.  Some years ago, on the eve of another such General Election, the following address was given in a church:

Tomorrow, many of you will attend a polling station to put your X (cross) by a name, hoping that the party of your choice will gain most votes in order for them to form the next government.  Consider this: Before the world began, God put His Cross by your name, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

The question before each of us today is: Will I put my name to that Cross and show allegience to what God has done through His Son?  Will I humble myself, walk in humility in every area, every trial, giving allegience to Jesus Christ, who put His Cross by my name.

Come to Jesus!  Don’t settle for less than God’s best.  Believe for more – the much more of God – Romans 5.

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