Almost everyone is familiar with the term "having a millstone around your neck". Life and it's miseries, worries, and frustrations sometimes make you feel that a weight is hanging around your neck dragging you down in the mud. The burdens of life are too much to bear. Often, one may go to extreme measures to cast off this millstone. Psalmist David himself had this to say:

Psalm 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

The devil is going to come at you with all his power trying to get you to get you down. He will talk to you just like there's no other way than his. But there is another way! There is one greater than he!

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock .

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me , all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

The Word teaches us that we live not by bread alone but by every WORD in the bible, which was given to man by the Holy Spirit. Within ourselves, we can do nothing, but with GOD all things are possible.

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

To be filled with His fulness is to have the presence, the power, agency, and riches of God and of Christ Jesus, according to Thayers #4138.

Matthew 6:33 says for us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Before anything comes in our lives, I believe we have to commit ourselves to God, to His Word, seeking his face in all things, not just when we feel pressure in our lives. We study the Word daily, seek his face daily, worship Him daily in order for our lives to be full of Him. Once we come into his fullness, we will no longer be able to be tossed around by different doctrines. We will have our feet planted in a firm foundation, in the ROCK of our Salvation.

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Lastly, we are responsible for our own salvation. We must be the ones that decide to walk in the Light and not in darkness. We will be the ones who have to answer to God for disobedience to His Word.

II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Father, revive in me the eagerness to study thy word, the longing to know more about you, to get closer to you daily. May I ever give you the glory, honor and praise due your name. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Copyright 2004 by Barbara Sanders, Empire, AL. Used by permission.
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