Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

I do not know what your needs are today but Jesus knows. You may be
discouraged today. You may be going through the hardest trial of your life. I
want to encourage you today! Whatever your situation-- the Lord can meet
your need! Trust Him-- He loves you.

In this stressful world in which we live, there is a resting place. Aren't you
glad? That rest is found safe in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. When
troubles come, we can run to our Rock-- the Lord is our Shelter from the
storms. He does not always make the winds and the storms cease but He will
give us adequate shelter until the storm passes by and will lead us on-- and
where He leads, we will follow. We are His sheep and Christ Jesus is our
Loving Shepherd. Blessed be His name!

Sometimes,
the Lord makes the storm to cease, as Psalm 107:29 says:
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Other times, the Lord will shield us from the storm as it rages:
Psalm 27:5  
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in
the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a
rock.

Still other times, He will walk us through the trials and storms in our lives to
bring about a greater work on the inside of us:
James 1:3  
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.

2Cor 1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all
our tribulation
, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any
trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

No matter what our need may be today, there is safety in His everlasting arms.
The Lord can meet our every need and He will see us through. He gives rest
to the weary. Strength to the feeble. Hope to the depressed. Comfort to the
hurting. He loves us at all times. No problem is too big for God... and no
problem is too small that He does not hear our cry. The Lord can do for us
what we cannot do for ourselves.

We are to cast upon Him our every burden:

Psalm 55:22  
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee:
he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.


PRAYER

As Christians, we are to pour out our hearts to Him. We are to make our
requests known unto God and we are to leave our prayer closet knowing that
He has heard our request and will answer us
in His timing.

Psalm 40:1  <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> I waited patiently
for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

We have all heard the phrase, "God helps those who help themselves." But this
is
not true and it is not found in the Bible. No, the Bible tells us that God
helps those who ask for His help-- those who humble themselves before
Him.

The Lord says in Jeremiah 33:3: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and
shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

When we read the Psalms, we see the prayers of the faithful:

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me
according unto thy word.

Psalm 119:107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD,
according unto thy word.

Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path,
because of mine enemies.

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart
is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

As Christians, we are not to have anxiety. This is easier said than obeyed. We
live in a very fast-paced and stressful society, but God calls us to live in His
rest. We are in the world but we should not let worry overtake us. We should
not let the every day cares overwhelm us. The Bible says in Philippians 4:6,7:
Be careful for nothing; [don't be anxious] but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When we take our requests to God, He gives us the peace that passes all
human understanding. (If we don't have peace yet, it is because we gave Him
our burdens and picked them right back up again.) We must make our requests
known unto God-- trusting Him that He knows what is best and will answer us
in His timing. We may not see the circumstances change right away but we
have peace in knowing that our prayer has been heard.
God heard our prayer
and He begins His work-- though we may not see any change at the
moment, He is working all things out for our good.
If He will not change
the circumstance, then know that He is working on us-- molding us to not be
affected by the circumstance-- so that we may rise above it. Our faith in Him
looks BEYOND what we are going through to the outcome of what will be:

2Cor 4:17-18  
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
; While we look not
at the things
which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the
things which are seen are
temporal; but the things which are not seen are
eternal.

And our confidence is in Christ Jesus!-- that no matter what our circumstance
and no matter where we may be in this world, the Lord is there. He is there
with His children who serve in the military. He is there with the Christian
soldier who is praying in the dangerous foxhole. He is there with the Christian
family who is praying in their kitchen. Whatever situation a Christian may be
in-- whether in joy or tribulation-- the Lord is everywhere and is so powerful
that can hear every prayer request and supply everyone's need at the same
time. We serve a great and wonderful God!


READING THE SCRIPTURES

The Lord says in Psalm 91:15:  He shall call upon me, and I will answer
him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

There is a resting place when we read God's Word. What peace and comfort
we receive when reading and meditating on the Scriptures. The Lord speaks to
us about His great love for us. His Word reminds us that
the Lord does care
and
will supply our every need. Whatever our problem, the Lord can see us
through. We need to read His promises to us, found in the Bible. We need to
meditate upon His Word.

Romans 15:4
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written
for
our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope.

Psalms 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath
quickened me.

We need to be encouraged today-- for the Lord shall never leave us, nor
forsake us. He may seem far at times but He is never far. It is we who have
walked away from Him -- allowing worry or stress to occupy our minds. When
we keep our eyes upon Jesus and put our complete trust in Him, we see that,
"all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose."
(Rom 8:28)

Dear Christian, whatever you may be going through today, the Lord desires to
meet your need. Whatever storm comes your way, know that the Lord will
take care of you.
You are never alone. Pour your heart out to Him and trust
Him that He will take care of the rest. The Lord will see you through and we
must always remember that ALL things work together for good...

Sometimes He
stills the storms;
Sometimes He
shelters us from the storms;
Sometimes He
walks us right through the storms and trials of our life.

No matter what, there is safety in His arms and we can rest in Him. He knows
what is best for us.

Heb 4:16  
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


LOOKING UNTO JESUS

As pilgrims journeying through this weary land, our eyes must be fixed upon
the Lord Jesus. He is our Blessed Hope! He is the One Whom we wait for! He
is coming back for us someday! His coming is nearer now than when we first
believed. His Word never fails! He promised He would return for us one day
and He will return. May our hearts ever look to Him and may He strengthen
our hearts as we wait for His glorious appearing:

Titus 2:13  
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Hebrews 12:1,2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set
before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Dear Reader,
If you do not know the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, please
click here
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your sins.

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FURTHER READING:
Wrapped In God's Love
Running The Christian Race
Learning To Lean on Jesus
Give Your Burdens To The Lord
Trust In God - Hope In God
The Bible Cure For Doubt
What Wait I For?
Having The Joy Of The Lord

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