“Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull.”
Strength comes from God, not from you.
Jesus carried the cross by himself. If Jesus was able to carry his own cross, how much more able and willing is he to carry yours?
One of the enemy’s silliest lies is the one that says you have to carry your own burden. Why? Because he never got to experience the freedom that Jesus died to give you, and he will do anything to make you think you have to live like he does. But the truth is you were set free when you entered into a relationship with Jesus! The devil doesn’t have the power, nor does he have the authority to burden you with anything. The only thing he is able to do is make you think that you have any burdens to carry at all.
I believe Jesus is calling you to draw near and listen. I believe he is saying to some of you right now: “My beloved, you were not meant to carry this burden. I didn’t give up my life so you could live half full of me and half heavy with this burden. I came that you may have life and life to the full! Cast ALL your cares on me! I am more than able to carry all of your burdens, and if needs be, carry you as well. I am your strong King. There is nothing I cannot do. Enter into my rest. Lay your heavy heart at my feet. I will give you rest.”
Today, be encouraged that regardless of your weaknesses, all God calls you to do is trust and obey. Sometimes just knowing who he is and being faithful to show up, is enough to see your breakthrough come to pass.
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any burden or any weight of heaviness that you’re not meant to be carrying. Repent for trying to carry it yourself, and give it to Jesus.
2. Thank God for Jesus. Thank God for the incredible sacrifice he made. Thank him for his power. Thank him for his willingness and ability to take off any burden of heaviness.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the Lord give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or be afraid. Go out to battle, and the Lord will be with you!”
2 Chronicles 20:17
We'd love you to join us tonight at Re:Hope Belfast for a service of worship and reflection at the Cross.
Re:Hope, May Street