The Heaviest Burden we Bear is Sin
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From: Lynn MacDonald
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 11:02 AM
Subject: [AdventistHotIssues] the yoke that binds to service is the law of God..........
Dear Forum-- From the Desire of Ages chapter "The Invitation", here are wise words of counsel for this end-time era we live in. For overcoming through Jesus' spirit is the only way possible to successfully maneuver through these troubling times.~~ Blessings, Lynn
Tenderly He bade the toiling people, "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
In these words Christ is speaking to every human being. Whether they know it or not, all are weary and heavy-laden. All are weighed down with burdens that only Christ can remove. The heaviest burden that we bear is the burden of sin. If we were left to bear this burden, it
would crush us. But the Sinless One has taken our place. "The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isa. 53:6. He has borne the burden of our guilt. He will take the load from our weary shoulders. He will give us rest. The burden of care and sorrow also He will bear. He invites us to cast all our care upon Him; for He carries us upon His heart.
The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne. He looks upon every soul who is turning his face toward Him as the Saviour. He knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are our wants, and where lies the strength of our temptations; for He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He is watching over you, trembling child of God. Are you tempted? He will deliver. Are you weak? He will strengthen. Are you ignorant? He will enlighten. Are you wounded? He will heal. The Lord "telleth the number of the stars;" and yet "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Ps. 147:4, 3. "Come unto Me," is His invitation. Whatever your anxieties and trials, spread out your case before the Lord. Your spirit will be braced for endurance. The way will be opened for you to disentangle yourself from embarrassment and difficulty. The weaker and more helpless you know yourself to be, the stronger will you become in His strength. The heavier your burdens, the more blessed the rest in casting them upon the Burden Bearer. The rest that Christ offers depends upon conditions, but these conditions are plainly specified. They are those with which all can comply. He tells us just how His rest is to be found.
"Take My yoke upon you," Jesus says. The yoke is an instrument of service. Cattle are yoked for labor, and the yoke is essential that they may labor effectually. By this illustration Christ teaches us that we are called to service as long as life shall last. We are to take upon us His yoke, that we may be co-workers with Him.
The yoke that binds to service is the law of God. The great law of love revealed in Eden, proclaimed upon Sinai, and in the new covenant written in the heart, is that which binds the human worker to the will of God. If we were left to follow our own inclinations, to go just where our will would lead us, we should fall into Satan's ranks and become possessors of his attributes. Therefore God confines us to His will, which is high, and noble, and elevating. He desires that we shall patiently and wisely take up the duties of service. The yoke of service Christ Himself has borne in humanity. He said, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Ps. 40:8.
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From: Ron Beaulieu
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: [AdventistHotIssues] the yoke that binds to service is the law of God..........
Sister Lynn et all,
Your post is such an important passage of truth. Let us all remember that the yoke, God's law, includes more than the ten commandments. It includes, and most importantly, the two the ten hang upon:
Mat 22:36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Did you ever wonder if another realm of this counsel from Christ is that when Christ says: Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself, some don't love themselves properly? And what would that consist of?
· To properly love and respect oneself, one must love God and keep His commandments. Without this, one cannot approve of him/herself.
· Then God asks: How do you know you love the brethren?
· We know that we love the brethren when we love God and keep his commandments.
· So not keeping the commandment shows a lack of love and disrespect for God and thereby oneself as well.
· If we don't keep the commandments we are most miserable because we don't properly love God or self, so we can't love others properly as well--by doing unto others as one does to him/herself.
· I wouldn't want SOME OTHERS doing unto me as they do to THEMSELVES, for they don't treat themselves properly because they don't respect God properly.
· For example: Let's take the 9 persons in the Phillipines who had themselves nailed to a cross this past weekend. This is not a demonstration of a love for God or themselves. This is self hate and an attempt to atone for ones own sins. Love for God accepts that He is the only ONE who could have atoned for our sins. So I wouldn't want those men doing unto me (nailing me to a cross) as they did unto themselves! http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=9624&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter