Friday, October 26, 2012

Yoking Up: Laboring To Enter

"Then Jesus said,
'Come unto me all of you who are weary
and carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. 
Let me teach you
because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.'" (NLT)
"My yoke is easy
and my burden is light.'" ( NIV)
Matthew 11:28-30
I am still meditating on the above verses, having received them now 18 times.   Now that I have passed the 5 week mark, I am officially no longer counting!  Seriously, I am blown away by this.  Even a friend has emailed me to let me know she has come across the verses a few times and thinks of me each time she does.  It seems to have taken on a life of it's own.  No matter,  I am so grateful to God for the love He has been showering on me and what I am learning as we walk together along this path!  Like it says in the above verses, "let Me teach you.."

Recently I was watching a teaching at Andrew Wommack's Ministry.  As the leader of their healing ministry was speaking, he brought up Matthew 11:28-30, and  made this statement ~
"We labor to enter into the rest of what Christ has already done for us. When we strive to do what He has already done for us, it is exhausting.  We either labor into resting with Jesus or we labor at everything else." 

Come unto me all ye who labor the King James translation says.  Laboring~ I knew in part what God was saying to me as soon as I heard these words.  I have been laboring to make my healing happen n.o.w.  The Lyme was dead and gone so I wanted all the symptoms to be gone too!  The abuse and fear connected to those memories had surfaced and been acknowledged and I wanted that part of my life to be over and done with.  Come on God, Joel was healed overnight, how about me?  Maybe if I do this............maybe if I do that..........I will......I can......I must.  My laboring. For 6 months now.....laboring.

Isaiah 53: 5b tells us "By HIS stripes we are healed."  The healing here means healing from diseases.  It is mentioned again in 1 Peter 2:24b and in Matthew 8:17.   In trying to simplify this I may complicate it, but Joel and I believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and for our diseases and that He wants us well.  Period. I won't muddy the waters by saying more, but as you know I am not seeing complete healing for my body.  In fact I have had a setback.  Yet.......we have seen it come to pass with the Lyme dying.  We have seen it come for a precancerous sore on my arm that disappeared after Joel prayed over it.  We have seen healing in my body and soul from the abuse.  We have seen my eye pressure go back to normal.  We have seen my thyroid heal enough that I am now taking 1/10th of the medicine I was taking for the past 27 years.  We believe we will see more of God's healing. To God be the glory.

I know these verses hold treasures for the battle I have been waging to heal.  He has provided all I need, so I rest in it.  I find rest in what He has already done for me, rest in the peace of knowing Him as my Savior and my friend, rest in letting Him be in control, rest in His promises found in the Word only. 

Jesus says, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  So I have had to ask, what am I yoked up if not Jesus?  Yoked up to fear, yoked up to symptoms, yoked up to doing it all on my own?  As long as I can remember my perception has been that I need to do what I had to in order to survive ~ abuse...other childhood stuff.....CFS....Lyme....MCS....cancer......Taking it to the Lord, but then taking it back and carrying it around as I labored to survive.  A backpack or two filled with heavy burdens yoking me in bondage! 

"I will give you rest."  This needs to be enough.  T.R.U.S.T.I.N.G in His Word, His promises, His plan, His rest.  A couple of weeks ago I began to worry the Lyme was coming back.  When I prayed for God to speak to me in His Word I was led to these verses. 

Moses told his people, 'Don't be afraid. 
Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. 
The Egyptians  you see today will never be seen again. 
 The Lord Himself will fight for you.  Just.  Stay. Calm.
Exodus 14:13-14

For me, the Egyptians are the Lyme bacteria. They are like a might army destroying the bodies they invade. I can stand on this and along with Matthew 11, resting in the knowledge of what He has already done for us on the cross. "It is finished". No matter what tomorrow holds, it is finished and we can heed His call to "come to Me....and rest".

So, here I am, still soaking in these verses that God has blessed me with 18 times.  Still taking time to meditate on them and giving thanks for all I am learning on the journey.  I hope that as I have shared my own God-guided steps along the way that you have gleaned something from them too.  God loves us so much, and wants a close relationship with us.  He desires to speak to us as much as we desire to speak to Him.  He delights in us! Knowing that, we can understand and take comfrot in the words below~



Elaine said...

Oh Renee, once again I am blessed by you. Thank you for being such a wonderful servant of God.

I keep praying for you. The waiting is hard, its good to realize that the "work" is not something we have to do. I'd never thought of it that way.

Blessings to you and Joel.

Sharon Evans said...

Renee what a wonderful post, I too am guilty of striving and not resting in God. Thank you for your kind comment on my post, I will keep it open.

Renee said...

Glad you stopped by......glad you are keeping your blog open too :)

Renee said...

Hi Elaine.....Thank you for your prayers...right back for you too!!So glad you found this a blessing...hope you are doing well.