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Your relationship with Jesus: Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Divine Note #13 – March 30, 2009I don’t know about you, but before I asked the Savior of the Universe to take over and steer my life, it was so difficult. I didn’t realize how hard I made life for myself until I began living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I am qualified to tell you that living without talking to God or reading the Bible each day is simply no way to live life on Earth.

Whether your burden is a result of your own actions, life’s circumstances or if it’s a result of something that God is asking you to look at and handle, you must take His hand and talk to Him all the time as Pastor Paul said today! It’s all in the Bible, just read Matthew 7:7-8 and you will find His divine words: ask, seek and knock! Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Others can pray for you and please do ask others to pray for you. But there’s nothing more powerful than you kneeling down and opening up your heart to Jesus. He will wrap you in His loving arms like no one else can!

Many of us would rather do life the hard way - our way. We don’t talk to our Creator until we’re at the end of our rope! Whether you are 18, 22, 35, 45 or 105-years old, you need to be talking to Jesus and you must be reading the Word each day! That’s the only way a relationship with Him will work for you! Jesus prayed and communicated with God while He walked on Earth. During this Lenten season, we should remember that He made it a priority to pray. While in the Garden of Gethsemane, (Mark 14:32), He told the apostles, “Sit here while I pray.” On the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39-41), Jesus told the disciples, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Then He withdrew, knelt down and prayed.

Consider your relationship with your spouse or best friends. At the beginning of the relationship, we tend to behave our best but over time we can become complacent and sometimes neglectful. It’s the same in your relationship with the Holy Spirit. You may become over confident in your own abilities and not rely on God. You may be so used to reading the same Bible verses or hearing the same sermons, so they no longer jump out at you. You may also stop relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your daily life. Whatever your situation, our message is clear: Jesus is ready to take your burdens if you will do your part by praying, reading the Bible and making your relationship with Him the top priority of your daily life.

Life will swirl around you in stressful or crazy ways but when you live in the power of His Holy Spirit each day of your life, your burdens will be lighter and easier to manage.

Have a week full of big God hugs!
Love,
Blanca


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