I will change and mix the langugage her on the blog from post to post - depending on what I feel like writing. Today was a great, great day. First I woke up to serve at Hillsong Church Montclair - man, that place feels like home. After the services, I went to a birthday/surprise picnic at Eagle Rock Reservation for my dear friend Klara. It was a blessing and friendship is truly a wonderful gift from above.
The message I felt on my heart today relates to what we carry and it's inspired by Judah Smith's book Jesus is __. It's about all the pain, the hurt and the sorrows that we place on our shoulders. About the heavy yoke and hard burden of the world. We don't have to carry all that life hands us: all challenges and trials, on our own. The Bible says: "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (Psalms 55:22 NIV)."
We are supposed to ask for help, we are supposed to cast our cares on the Lord - He tells us to. Our minds might want to trick us into that we are not worthy of receiving help, that it was our own fault that we ended up in the situation we are in, that we deserve to feel bad and anxious. Our minds can be extremely infectious if set loose on the wrong trains of thoughts. We can actually come to a point where it's more comfortable to hold on to what hurts us - even when God calls us to: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NIV). We hold on to the hurt, instead of stepping out in freedom, because we feel comfortable there in the wilderness. We would rather stay in the comfort zone than taking a leap of faith into the unknown because the comfort zone is familiar. The freedom that He can give us sounds too good to be true. And that is exactly what the Gospel is about - the Good News, the News that are too good to be true.
Our wordly and 'rational' thoughts tell us that we shouldn't be able to feel and find inner peace in seasons of bankruptcy, sickness, despair, loneliness and depression. But that freedom is exactly what we find in the relationship with Jesus Christ. He says: For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30 NIV). If we walk with Him, and not in our own power, we will go through fire knowing that we will win no matter what. All we do is win in the relationship with Jesus. We win eternal life. Nothing that comes against us on this earth will prosper in eternity. The Bible says that: These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world (1 Peter 1:7 NLT).
We carry these mountains that we were only supposed to climb. We make it harder for ourselves in the midst of trials - our thoughts make it harder. The thoughts tell us that we should be able to make it on our own, that we should figure it out on our own, that we will never make it through. And I get that, I've been there myself. I've been deep down in the life-consuming mud of burn-out and where I couldn't see an end to it. I've been in situations where I didn't believe I would make it out whole. But sometimes we hold on to patterns, patterns that belong to the past. When we take a leap of faith and put our feet on untouched spiritual ground, we can break free from the chains of depression, anxiety, worry, additions and far more. When we admit and act on: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7 NIV), we will truly be set free.
When we welcome Jesus to carry the mountains for us, as he gladly does and did on the cross, we can make it out alive. We can make it to the other side with a character for eternity and still enjoy the journey on the way there. The Bible tells us and commands us that in the middle of stroms 'The Lord himself will fight for you Just stay calm. (Exodus 14:14 NLT). We are not supposed to freak out - we have a rock that is our salvation at a whisper's distance...
Drop the mountains and put on your best climbing shoes and soon you will reach the top!