Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 11/15/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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 is light.”

I don’t know what kind of a burden you are carrying today. Your heart may be loaded down with sorrow or grief over a loved one. You may be concerned about your job or finances. You may be under attack by someone who doesn’t like you. You may be concerned about some health issue. You may be loaded down with guilt and shame over sin in your life. Whatever burden that you may be carrying around with you today, hear the words of Jesus. Let them grab hold of you.

Jesus has the power and heart to help you. He wants to take the burden off your shoulders and carry it for you. He wants to replenish your depleted soul. He wants to give you the strength and desire to continue on. He wants to show you how you can move forward in your life once again. He wants to embrace you in His love. He wants to show you that it is true, He will never give you more of a load to carry than you are able to do.

Jesus wants you to know that today if you will let Him, He will do the heavy lifting for you. He will make your load lighter so that you can do it. He will see your through this tough time of your life. Things may seem to be too much for you and you may feel little hope of things not changing. Let me leave you with this truth. Never doubt in the dark what you know to be true in the light. Truth never changes no matter how dark things may get. What the Lord promises to do for you, He will do. You have His Word on it.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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