Notes from this morning's sermon:
Life gets heavy.
Oxen and work horses pull heavy loads but they won't be setting any land speed records.
heavy-laden = burden
Jesus says, "I'll trade you. Take my light yoke of following me and I'll take that load of worry you carry on your shoulders."
Jesus says, "Come to Me."
If you're tired, come.
We take our burdens and compound them by worrying about them. You have to let them go without any strings attached that you can pull on later to bring them back.
Some people let their burdens become their identity.
Luke 11:46: The pharisees gave the people burdens.
Trust Him to do everything. We get so used to a burden we can't let it go.
We often communicate with complaints.
Psalm 55:22: "Cast your burden."
Cast means we throw it at Him.
Casting a heavy wet net takes lot of strength.
Humble yourself. Realize you can't do everything. Sometimes we can't do anything.
Start with prayer.
All that worry gives us nothing good. You can worry yourself sick.
God says He's got this. He will always be there. God is the only one who can bring us to Him. How do we let this go?
In His due time.
Paul's physical problem never went away. Yet, he had joy.
Read His Word. It is full of encouragement and promises of God taking care of us.
We have to get into prayer to get close to Jesus. We have to be in conversation with Him. Constant conversation. Ask. If you knock the door will be opened.
And give your brothers and sisters a chance to help. They want to.