Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016: He Cares !!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 112  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing Friend of Wounded Heart, declaring that Jesus can/will bear the wounds/hurts of any who willing to bring our burdens to Him

Highlight Passage:  John 11:35-36 [NKJV] … 
35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”  
… Even knowing what He was about to do in raising Lazarus, Jesus joined those who were grieving His loss by weeping with them.
Highlight Context – John 11:1-44, [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus demonstrates His power even over the finality of death when He raises His dear friend, Lazarus, from the dead.

Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 11:28-30 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus invites us to bring our burdens to Him; … so why do we so often want to carry them all ourselves.

Reference Passage #2 - 2nd Corinthians 12:9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… And, when Jesus will not relieve out hurts/burdens, we must realize that our pain is needed for us to receive His enabling/empowering grace.

Reference Passage #3 - 1st Peter 5:7 [NKJV] …  
7 Casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you. 
… Sometimes following Christ doesn’t seem fair; but is for our good as Christians.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Poh Fang Chia, used the victorious story from John, Chapter 11 [linked above] of Jesus raising His dear friend Lazarus from the dead. And though this story is so wonderful showing Jesus’ followers His power even over death, the scene, reported by another beloved friend of Jesus, the Apostle John, shows just how much Jesus cares for any who are wounded or hurting or grieving.

As the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir so gloriously sings in the song linked above, Jesus truly is the “Friend of a Wounded Heart;” and He invites all who believe in Him to bring our burdens and our hurts to Him [see Matthew 11:28-30].

But … all too often we feel we must try to do all we can first to carry our burdens ourselves. Common on, admit it! We do, don’t we? Or we come to Him with our hurts, praying as Paul did in 2nd Cor. 12: 9, EXPECTING that He will take our burdens away, when we actually need the pain and the weakness to receive, in humility, His enabling grace. But no matter what, bringing our wounds and burdens to God FIRST is always the best strategy [see Peter’s plea in 1st Peter 5:7].

So, if any reading with me here today have any burdens or wounds, let’s all take them to our Savior … right now! … and He’ll weep with us today.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I come to You, Lord, because I know that You’ll weep with me and then help me carry my burden. Amen  

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