Monday, June 25, 2012

Pressure Cooker Time

Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.  (Matthew 11:29-30 NLT)

   During the 60s and 70s my wife made great use of a pressure cooker.  She used it for canning vegetables out of our garden.  After the water and ingredients are placed inside, we locked the lid and turned up the heat.  We are living in a pressure cooker age.  The meltdown of the economy, loss of jobs and homes, people's 401Ks losing value, and shrinking retirement funds are causing undue pressure on many families.  Trying to solve financial problems have become a nightmare.  How are we to deal with these ever increasing pressures and demands?

   Peter said, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you" (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).  In verse 9 he continues, "Take a firm stand against him, (the devil) and be strong in you faith.  Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of sufferings you are."  

   Deliverance from stress and pressure is found only through the Lord Jesus Christ.  His promises are valid and need to be claimed and clung too.  He ready and willing to carry your burdens and lighten your load.  Trust him completely and find rest and peace from the cares of this world.

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