September 22-23 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." – Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

 

Jesus is the God who “recreates your soul”. But this is not an overnight event.  You didn’t get to your stressed out, pressure filled life overnight.  The truth is, Jesus is going to bring you relief, but more often than not, it is a PROCESS.

 

And because we live in a quick-fix society, we often opt out and choose other, simpler ways of dealing with the pressure and miss out on the depth and richness of what Jesus invites us to here.

 

So, how can you take Jesus up on His offer and “come to Him” to find the “pressure release” He offers?  

 

What would it look like for you—and the current pressure filled situations you are dealing with right now—to come to Jesus?

 

Would it mean spending more time in prayer?   Would it mean taking some time to really read His Word and discover what He says about the specific pressure that you are dealing with?  Maybe it will mean spending some time with a fellow Christ follower and see how Jesus has taught them how to handle a similar pressure?  

 

Are you under pressure?  The first thing to do is “come to Jesus”.  Accept his invitation.  If you do, can you IMAGINE what that pressure release would do to your marriage?  What would it mean to get an actual “re-creation” of your marriage?  To find REAL refreshment as a parent?   To discover REAL pressure release at your workplace?  To find actual renewal in your finances, relationships?

 

Here’s my prayer for all of you reading this today.  I pray you will not only pray this prayer right now, but every time you find yourself “under pressure”: 

“Jesus, there are many places I can go with my pressure, but I’m committing right here and now to come to you.”

 

Close your time in prayer.

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