Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 10 (My Yoke Is Easy!)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 10

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My Yoke Is Easy!

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One of the great lies of Satan is that the life of the Christian is a heavy burden!

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Or that the life of the Christian is austere and bleak! Of course, neither of these lies are truth!

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Jesus said… “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Now either Jesus is lying in this above passage or the Devil is lying, saying Christ’s yoke is heavy. And of course, “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). So it must be that “Father of Lies”, the Devil who is lying about Christ’s yoke.

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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A LIFE OF HEARING AND PRAYING!

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The fact is, the Christian life can be lived and victory gained by even those who are bed-fast or incarcerated!

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As a matter of fact, those who are bed-fast or incarcerated may have an advantage over those who are quick on their feet. 

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And why in the world would the bed-fast and incarcerated have an advantage?

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Munch Det Syke Barn – 1896 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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LIFE ETERNAL: TO KNOW ME!

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The fact is, the Lord is not asking us to do some horrendous feat, to win Heaven. No, all He wants is for us to get to know Him and understand the Lord, as is written…

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“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

 

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MARY & MARTHA

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Remember the story of Martha and Mary, two sisters who entertained Jesus one day?

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Well, Martha was cumbered about with much serving, while her sister, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and heard His Word. And Martha was under a heavy burden, while Mary was merely enjoying hearing the Word of God!

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And when Martha complained about her heavy burden of serving, Jesus answered her very lovingly… “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41, 42 

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All that Jesus required was for His children to sit at His feet and learn of Him. That’s all! 

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Johannes (Jan) Vermeer – Christ in the House of Martha and Mary – Google Art Project – Public Domain

 

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FAITH BRINGS PEACE

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Oh yes, the Devil will undoubtedly bring trials and temptations our way. But the more we learn about Jesus, the more faith we will have to endure those trials.

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And yes, God wants us to separate ourselves from sin and sinners. But the more we know His Word, the more we will desire to hide ourselves under the almighty protective wings of God!

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Girl with a Bible – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

 

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ALONE WITH GOD

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Yes, while the world desires to get together and live it up, the Christian can’t wait to get alone with God! This is the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit!

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This is the light burden and the easy yoke that Jesus desires for us to put on, as we become His followers.

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Do you think that those original disciples thought it a heavy burden to follow Jesus around the countryside for 3 1/2 years?

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Would you have wanted to have that privilege?

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF JESUS

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Well, the glad tiding is this: that you and I can do exactly that! Yes, we can also follow Jesus in a very real sense!

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Oh no, we will not literally see Him, as He leads us! But the fact is, Jesus will go before us during our daily routine, giving us guidance and loving counsel in all our little duties and in all our times of rest!

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And no longer do we need to try to make things happen! No, the life of faith is all about letting Jesus lead and make things happen for us! We just need to be like the sheep of His pasture, nibbling on His Word, and following Him through our day!

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And since Jesus loves rest, He will give us abundant rest: peaceful rest in a weary world filled with turmoil and anxiety!

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Woman with Bible – Braet von Überfeldt – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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REMEMBER THE PSALMS

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So, the next time the Devil whispers in your ears, telling you how hard is the yoke which Jesus wants us to wear, just remember all those psalms which say just the opposite!

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Listen… “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever!” Psalm 23

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David Playing Harp www.thebiblerevival.com US public domain

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TO READ PART 2, GO HERE…JUNE 11 (My Yoke Is Easy! Part 2: One Hand Full With Quietness!)

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me put on that easy yoke and take upon me Christ’s light burden! Let me become a disciple and follower of the Lamb of God, as He leads His sheep up the gently sloping upward pathway to everlasting life…

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion, The Good Shepherd, or you can also read this shorter article… “May 17th (The Marinated Christian!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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“The LORD is my shepherd;

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I shall not want (lack).

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He maketh me to lie

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down in green pastures:

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He leadeth me beside

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the still waters…

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I will fear no evil:

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for Thou art with me;

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Thy rod and thy staff

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they comfort me….”

Psalm 23:1, 2, 4

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“I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD”

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 “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

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By the infallible pen of Divine inspiration, God has forever connected Himself with the concept of a shepherd with his sheep.  The above verse from John’s Gospel portrays Jesus as the Good Shepherd. With His sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus truly fulfilled the above prophecy, giving His life for His lost sheep.

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LOVE STORY IN THE STARS

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But Scripture isn’t the only place where God has presented this concept of the Good Shepherd, Jesus. God has written His heavenly love story in the Sun, Moon, and Stars, as well, as is written… “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25. And these Signs Of Heaven are a second witness to what the Bible declares.  

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ORION THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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And this concept of the Good Shepherd is portrayed in the night sky, in this 5th personality of the Orion Constellation (see “The Orion Phenomena”). And it is a concept which the Lord would have His own people learn and live. God’s people are likewise to become good shepherds too, in our own little sphere. That is, we are to seek and to save the lost, just as we see our Lord doing so. This is part of what it means to follow 

 

Jesus. We become imitators of our Lord, the true Good Shepherd.

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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This star-chart from Wikipedia, has Orion sketched in by the editor of this website. With the addition of a single star, Theta Geminorum (the left hand of the Castor twin of Gemini), the sickle in Orion, the Reaper’s hand (sketch to left), now extends the blade, thus transforming that sickle into the hook of a shepherd’s rod and staff. And so now this little Gemini star becomes the tip of Orion’s Shepherd’s rod & staff. Thus with this additional star, Orion the Reaper Constellation now becomes the 5th personality of Orion: The Good Shepherd (sketch below right). Theta Geminorum is a class A3, 4th magnitude star, which means it is much fainter than either of the stars, Castor or Pollux. But faint as This little star may be, it nevertheless presents a giant concept, turning Orion’s sickle into a shepherd’s rod. And this is a very wonderful and beautiful Bible truth: namely, that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, as is written…

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“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12 

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And so God has placed this Starry Shepherd in the winter-night heavens to remind us of His great love for a planet which has wandered away: just like sheep that wandered to where the grass looked greener.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion, The Good Shepherd

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TOMORROW…

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JUNE 11 (My Yoke Is Easy! Part 2: One Hand Full With Quietness!)

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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