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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rejoice! There is rest for the weary.

Come unto me, all of you who labor and are forced to bear burdens, and I shall give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

'all of you who labor and are forced to bear burdens." The word labor there comes from the greek word kopia├│ (kop-ee-ah'-o), which means to grow weary, toil, work with effort (of bodily and mental labor alike)Jesus is not talking about laboring in service to sin, but burdens such as the fatigue and disappointment . Look at the phrase 'and I shall give you rest''. In Greek the word rest is anapaus┼Ź (an-ap-ow'-o), which means give intermission from labor, refresh, a rest after the needed task is completed.

God wants to simply refresh our relationship with him. Knowing how gripping the way of the world is, God understands we are going to be overwhelmed and burdened by the turmoil. Why is the rest important? This is when Satan tries to press down on us. He tries to wear us out and yoke us with the consequences and consciousnesses of sin.  God wants to be the Aid for our grieving spirit. Within God's rest OUR spirit begins to get intuned with The Comforter's spirit. When we feel the cost of running the race, Jesus says, "Come to me." Jesus does not want us to get slaughtered by the enemy because we have lost focus due to being "weighted-down."  He knows of your hurt. He's been through it.  The chapter continues  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.…

We are encouraged to go to him, lay down our burdens at his feet, look to, hold by faith.that we are considered justified and blameless and enjoy that true spiritual consolation, which could never be attained to by works. 

Rejoice! There is rest for the weary.