Getting Ready for Tomorrow

“Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

This verse became extremely important to a few years back when I sensed the Lord nudging me to turn off a certain television show that I was watching at 10:00 once a week. The show did little to promote godly values. I knew the show wasn’t godly but other people watched it and well, it really wasn’t hurting anything, at least I didn’t think so.

Allow me to share an excerpt from one of my favorite books, i am not but i know I AM by Louie Gigilo then I will tie it all together.

“And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day and darkness night. And there was evening and morning the first day….It was evening and morning, the first day. In other words night comes first, where darkness reigns, morning in the middle, and then daytime, which fades into night where a new day begins again. That seems a little odd to us, and maybe even backward, but it makes perfect sense in the economy of God…We go to sleep and God goes to work. And we wake up to see what God has done.”

God works will we rest. He is busy setting the stage for some amazing things we can see and do for His Kingdom’s cause

Each day wants to do great wonder through and among us.  When we continue to behave like the world (watch ungodly shows, go to ungodly places, and do ungodly things) we dim His light in us. We become desensitized to His work in us and spiritually blind to what He is doing around us.

Let’s pray in the morning. Let’s pray in the evening. Let’s get ready for tomorrow because the Lord will do great wonders around us. I for one don’t want to miss a thing.

Take A Load Off

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-89 (AMP)

Recently I was asked to speak at church and the theme of the day was taking on the yoke of the Lord. In preparation, God sent me to the classroom to learn a thing or two about yoke removal.

A yoke by definition is an agency of oppression, subjection, and servitude. These are powerful words that can make a worn-out person feel even more powerless. If we willingly choose to avoid time in God’s Word, fellowship with God’s people, and obedience to God’s ways we voluntarily choose to wear the yoke of the world. We become oppressed by ill-fitting priorities, subject to people pleasing, and a slave to the world’s standard of success.

My classroom experience taught me about the Lord’s yoke. By definition it is easy and light. Those who voluntarily remove the world’s yoke and wear the Lord’s yoke discover a place to of rest, relief, and refreshment for their anxious soul. Unlike the world’s yoke, the Lord’s yoke is not harsh, sharp, or pressing.

We can only realize the comfort of His yoke as we spend time in His Word and joyfully submit to His Ways. His Word is true and ways are right, the exact opposite of the world. There really is no other way to have the life Jesus speaks of Matthew 11.

Try it on. His yoke isn’t ill-fitting and just the right size.