“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Have you ever wanted to walk away from God? Has life in general worn you down? Maybe you’re feeling disappointed and let down? Lonely or broken-hearted?
Jesus in the message says to us to come to him when we’re weary and that HE will give us rest. He’s the only one that can do it. Not our friends our family or our pastor.
So often when we struggle the enemy is poised waiting for just the right moment to whisper life destroying words into our hearts and minds.
“Go on then, walk away. God doesn’t care about you and nobody is bothered about you either. They don’t even notice you because you’re so insignificant!”
We hear these words and if we don’t confess the Lordship of Christ and resist the devil they embed themselves in our hearts and minds and start to create a scenario that tightens the chains of rejection so strong we can hardly breathe! Ever been there? I have! I thank God that he never let me go. He was with me every step batting Satan away like an irritating fly!
This is the time when Ephesians 6:13 comes into play. Just stand! Immerse yourself in His presence. “But I can’t feel Him Angie” I hear you say. That doesn’t matter. Whether you feel Him or not He is always there. He promised in Hebrews 13:5 “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you!” And we know His promises are sure! That He “is not a man who lies,
or a son of man who changes His mind” Numbers 23:19
Rest your weary soul in His presence. Rest in faith, soak in His mercy, put on your worship music and simply “stand” in His presence.
You need only do this. God has placed angels around you like Aaron and Hur to hold up your arms in the midst of the battle for your soul. Don’t try to help them. They have been given precise orders by the one who knows your heart better than you know it yourself!
Do you feel isolated in this battle? A failure perhaps?
Let me tell you about a man in the bible. In 1 Kings we learn that Elijah was a prophet of God. He shut up the heavens so that it didn’t rain, he destroyed a bunch of false prophets, called down fire on an alter saturated and soggy with water, raised the dead and rebuked a nation! He was a game changer. Yet God found him one day under a tree in the desert fearful, exhausted, depressed and wanting to die!
None of us are immune to this! We are all weak vessels carried along by the grace and mercy of God. Our spiritual health is not reliant on how powerful our anointing is, how gifted we are or what incredible exploits we perform for God! If these are your gauge for spiritual health you will at some point plummet in exhaustion.
What does God do when He finds Elijah? He lets him rest and He feeds him. Then Elijah embarks on another part of his journey this time to Horeb where he finds a cave to hide in. This tells me that recovery is a process. It’s a journey of trust and faith, of putting one foot in front of the other to gain spiritual strength and regain spiritual health
When Elijah was in the cave we see how God responded in 1 Kings 19:
Then the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, but the Israelites have abandoned Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are looking for me to take my life.”
11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence’ for the Lord is about to pass by”
I prophecy over you today God is taking you out of the cave of hiddenness and onto the exposed top of the mountain where you will be seen by your enemies. Stand up tall because the Lord is about to pass by” Just as Jesus passed by blind Bartimaeus you need only stand and receive, stand and receive, stand and receive!