I hear people say words like, “they have a burden for this or that.” Well, if we look at the Biblical text, we can decide whether the statement is accurate or right out false. The Biblical text quotes Jesus as saying, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Read Matthew 11:30 (NKJV). From this text, we can see, there is no reason why we should be burdened by anything, Jesus said, it is His to take and not yours to carry, Selah. So when you say “you have a burden,” what exactly do you mean?
One of the implications of not casting all your cares on Him is as the Bible says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.” Psalm 127:2 (AMPC). Toil, stress and sleepless nights are real implications of refusing to cast your care on Him. I am only re-echoing what the scripture is saying. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to live a life of constantly toiling; at what point will you say, enough, and listen to God’s counsel? I suppose it is when we have exhausted everything.
JOY is a critical component if you are going to enjoy and live the carefree and careless life. “The JOY of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” Read Nehemiah 8:10 (AMP). Scripture says, “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him!” Read Philippians 4:4 (MSG). The antidote to dealing with anxiety is to embrace JOY, and this is what the Bible says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” Read John 16:33 (AMP).
Let me highlight this simple formula: “Count it all JOY” vs “Count it all SUICIDE.” Which one is your preferred? Watch this, the one you lean towards the most will indicate the outcome you get. Scriptures say, “Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].” James 1:2-3 (AMP).
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Brilliantly written. Joy is the antidote to anxiety
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