This morning I woke up with what felt like an overwhelming pressure upon my soul. It felt as if everyone wanted something from me and as if I had nothing left to give. This was a very unusual experience for me. I prayed, praised, did some things that needed to be done and then went to the gym just to try to work through it…but it remained. It was like something sitting on my chest that if any more pressure was to be applied would finally crush it.
Then, those perfect words came forth that became like a balm and a relief to the mounting pressure on my soul,
“Daughter, be still and know that I am God.”
Unknowingly, I had allowed ministry, relationships, decisions and just “life” move me from the place of knowing that He is God to the place of functioning as if I were God. There is a fine line between ministry that is your assignment and ministry where you take on that which is not your assignment. I had crossed that line and woke up with the pressure of feeling demands upon my soul that were not mine to carry. At the point where we cross that line we go from His light and easy yoke to bearing a heavy yoke that weighs us down.
If you are feeling pressure that is weighing you down, rather than trying to do something about it maybe you try being still and resting in the place that puts it all back on the truth that HE IS GOD. Shift the weight to the One who does not feel the weight of worldly concerns; He already bore that weight and obtained victory over it. In the stillness of rest and trust He will refresh your weary soul and remove the pressure and burdens that you have picked up along the way.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry 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. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.””
“Thank you Jesus that you bore all of the weight of this world upon yourself so that we might enter into your rest and your resurrection. The way is open for everyone to come into the rest and stillness of being fully found in You. Today we exhale the pressures and inhale the peace that comes as we trust in You completely. We lay down every heavy yoke and burden that is too much for our souls to bear. We take up your yoke that refreshes and is easy upon our souls. We trust you for all that we need but have no human answers for because You are God. We still our minds and emotions from every place of human striving and come to You with the heavy burdens so that we can receive Your rest.”
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