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Is Your Yoke Pleasant?

Have you ever felt no matter how much you strive to please God that you consistently fail?  No matter how hard you try you feel like you are running in place? There are many tired, cynical, well-intended Christians wearing  masks determined to work on their sin to achieve an intimate relationship with God.

Jesus said His yoke is pleasant, and His burden is light (Mat 11:30).  Does it feel light to you? Does it feel pleasant? It can.  We all go through periods of feeling insufficient but we have the power to combat the feeling through the Holy Spirit.

Learning of God’s grace will make you more aware of God’s forgiveness and of the need to keep forgiving each other as God forgave us in Christ. We need to be aware of the strengths God has given us to help others as well as aware of our weaknesses we need to work on.  In our “natural self” (flesh) we might want to bypass God’s way.  Sacrifice isn’t comfortable. But God declares His grace is sufficient for every painful situation we will ever encounter.

God has provided us with the tools (repentance, prayer, Truth) we need to break free by gaining an understanding and by trusting Him. As you turn your troubles to Him you can feel safe, secure, loved, and yes, pleasant.

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (Cor 12:10)

We are new creations no longer slaves to sin. (Galatians 5:1) Jesus, our Savior provides all we need through His resurrection power. (2 Peter 1:3) His grace turns our weakness into strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9).

TRUFACED

I’m reading TrueFaced by John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNico. TrueFaced addresses the most basic motives faced by every follower of Christ: the distinction between our determination to please God or to trust Him.  If you need help thoroughly grasping the concept of a truly trusting, grace-filled relationship with the God, this is a book that will help.

I purchased this book after listening to John Lynch’s TrueFaced audio message. John is a phenomenal communicator who will delight you with his engaging humor and realistic approach. In the video and audio below John uses the metaphor of two rooms in our pursuit of God.

I laughed and teared up through the message, praising God all the way way through. The video at the top of this page  is a snippet from the audio message. Don’t just watch the video–the audio has much more, beginning with the “Santa Claus is Coming to Town theology.”

Robin Sampson

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5 comments

  1. Hollie

    I was truly encouraged by many of the things that John Lynch shared. He is clearly authentic, an encourager, and gifted communicator. We truly need to be encouragers to one another. Sadly, I think we have lost so much with the loss of community. How many times have I or a friend sought to read a book, listen to a preacher, etc, mainly because we need encouragement that we are not receiving from one another. Of course, there is nothing wrong with listening or reading the words of another brother/sister, but I am just commenting on the fact that we seem to have to rely on the few because of our lack as a community. However, I am thankful that we do have some voices that speak to us and encourage us no matter what the media.

    Another concern I have has to do with the content of Mr. Lynch’s message. We tend to like to present things in polarities – either/or. Is it that Greek mindset again? I believe it is more complex than just choosing the room of grace or the room of good intentions. As Mr. Lynch said both grace and law can lead to an attempt to take advantage of God. I believe this is where the work in “working out our salvation” is. We have to struggle to keep these things in balance. There is a lot of work, effort, etc that is involved in living a life fully surrendered to the Lord. There is a war going on. There are a whole lot of instructions about what we are to do, but we are only enabled to do them by His grace – divine enablement as we seek Him diligently and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and STRENGTH.

    However, it is true that we cannot become so focused on our sin or what we “must do to please Him”, but on Him who is able to complete the good work He began. I don’t know about you, but it takes everything I have, but then again He said it would cost us everything. I counted the cost and in my calculations determined He is Worth it all.

  2. Heather

    I recently read Truefaced the key chapter of the book is the comparison of two fundamental motivations: pleasing God versus trusting God as shown in the video. It is very freeing to learn that the way to please God is by trusting God, and not by spiritual performance.

    “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

    Another important part is forgiveness. The book lists The seven keys to forgiveness are:

    1. Admit something happened. We cannot forgive until we admit that we have been sinned against. This does not mean going on a fishing expedition, however. It applies only to things that we know about.
    2. Forgive the consequences of the act done against you.
    3. Tell God what happened to you.
    4. Forgive the offender for your benefit. We must initiate the vertical transaction with God before we move into the horizontal transaction with others. “If we try to go on without forgiving the one who hurt us before God, or if we say, ‘I’m not going to repent until they repent’ we end up in bitterness, anger, resentment or jealousy. In our unwillingness to forgive before God, we become the issue.”
    5. Forgive the offender when they repent, for their sake. We forgive our offender with the goal of restoring the relationship, not just resolving the conflict. This requires that he/she repent as well.
    6. Distinguish between forgiving and trusting your offender. Forgiveness cancels the debt, but it does not restore the credit rating. You don’t have to trust the other person to forgive him or her. Trust is easily broken and restored very slowly.
    7. Seek reconciliation and not just conflict resolution.

  3. Deirdre Sauls

    I am extremely impressed with this audio about grace. Grace is such a foreign concept in this world. There can be joy in our Christian walk!

  4. Mary M. Miller

    Excellent audio message by John Lynch. Thank you for posting both links.

    It the prefect message for those tired of faking it and long to be real. Believe in God’s Grace and Love for you, it’s real, and really true. Hop off the performance treadmill that’s going nowhere, and know that all that needed to be done has already been done in Christ. Come and be real with your Heavenly Father, his arms are open wide, and his Love is beyond description.

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