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"Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30.

Do y ou ever find yourself weighted down with thoughts, opinions and cares? The Lord wants our load lightened. The things of this world choke out the Lord's rods. When we allow things and thoughts to clutter and distract us it becomes hard for us to experience His Presence consistently. Sometimes we take ourselves way too seriously. .When this happens we get very into ourselves and self consumed. We become more concerned about how we look than how God looks. God always looks good, we don't. We don't ever look good apart from God. He is the source of all good things.

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of hurting." James 1:17.

He is the source. When we look to the source we are not looking at ourselves. There is nothing that we an do to fix our condition. The only way we are gong to change is by being in His Presence listening to His transforming voice and beholding His face. When we look into the light of His face then our face will reflect His face and shine. The Lord wants us to "lighten up." That means we cast all of our cares pun Him for He cares for us. We are able to cast all of our cares on Him when we get the revelation that we cannot change anything by holding on to our cares. This is where we begin to see Him and look Him in His eyes. Psalm 89:15.

When we can look Him in the eye then we can see that He is the only one who is able to carry the weight that loads us down. It's in this experiential revelation that we are able to say, "Okay Lord, I give these weighty things tot you. I will no longer carry them." So by positioning ourselves before Him we can receive grace to release the things that weigh us down. Then we begin to lighten up. Then some joy begins to happen.

"Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord, Do not sorrow, for the joy of the lord is your strength."

Joy is a very light expression in the Kingdom of God. Lightness can be used with a joyful heart. A joyful heart is like medicine. Everyone wants to be where the party is and where there is joy. Jesus was anointed wit the oil of joy far beyond His followers. It was for the joy set before Him that He endured the cross. Jesus was aware of the cross but He saw beyond the cross to His resurrection, being seated at the right hand of His Father and bringing many sons and daughters into His Kingdom. Allow Him to lighten your load by casting your cares, laying down y our life and allowing His Spirit to fill you, renewing your heart with the oil of joy and gladness.

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