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Whose Load Are You Carrying?

by Martin Knapp

17 January 2011

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Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matt 11: 29-30, NIV

While we were in Canada in 2007 I believe the Lord gave me a picture of a `typical` Canadian pick-up truck. This truck was packed high with boxes with no room for any more. The Lord spoke to the driver and said, "I want you to pick up a box for me." The driver remonstrated with the Lord and said, "Lord, you can see that my truck is already full and there`s no room". The Lord gently replied, "How many of those boxes have I asked you to carry? If you unload those I have not asked you to carry, you will have plenty of room for the box I want you to pick up." Are you carrying `boxes` that the Lord has not asked you to carry?

When we read that Jesus said, `For my yoke is easy and my burden is light` (Matt 11:30), is this what He was talking about? A yoke is easy when it fits the animal for which it was designed well, is comfortable and does not rub or chafe. Jesus can say that His yoke for us is easy because He has made it to fit us.

Sometimes we can be burdened with `boxes` that we have put on ourselves, or that other people have put on us. Jesus has given us His yoke to carry the load that He wants for us, so that we can be walking in what God is calling us to do.

Prayer: Lord, help me to lay down anything You are not calling me to do so I can be more available to do what You are calling me to do. Please give me wisdom and discernment to do this, knowing that Your yoke is easy and your burden light, Amen.

Martin Knapp Martin and Ginny have been married for 37 years and are blessed with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They first met Ellel Ministries in 1990 and in April 2010, after a number of years at Ellel Pierrepont, Martin became the centre director of Ellel Grange - the UK home of the 9-week Flagship programme, Modular Schools and the 9-day `Heart to Heart` fast-track programme, held in September, to encourage and equip Pastors and Leaders in the healing ministry.


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