Suitcase – Part 4

Matthew 11:28-30 | AMPC (28) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] (29) Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer 6:16] (30) For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

Jesus is telling us that we do not have to go through this life burdened down with a bunch of baggage. He wants us to take His burden which is light and find rest for our souls.

Many Christians labor under some sense that we must pay Him back for the wonderful things that He has done for us.

This unconscious desire to pay God back will become baggage to you if you do not deal with it. It will begin to affect every area of your life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 | TPT (8) For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! (9) So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving.

The way that we repay the Lord for what He has done for us is to:

Psalms 116:12-13 | TPT (12) So now, what can I ever give back to God to repay him for the blessings he’s poured out on me? (13) I will lift up his cup of salvation and praise him extravagantly for all that he’s done for me.

  1. Search the Word and find out who we are and what belongs to us in Christ
  2. Walk in the fullness of all that He purchased for us.

Psalms 103:1-6 | NKJV (1) Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! (2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: (3) Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (4) Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (5) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (6) The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

David is doing some self-talk here just like we do today.

If David tells us to “forget not” all our benefits, then we must be prone to forget them.

Let’s look at what some of those benefits are:

  1. He forgives all your iniquities. (v.3)

These are not just the occasional sin but the things that we have a problem with that we have not yet overcome in our lives. God’s promise is to help us fix what is going on in us.

Jesus and His blood have the power to change us and make us holy and pleasing to God.

Philippians 1:6 | TPT (6) I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!

If Jesus cannot turn people around, then Adam and his sin are stronger than Jesus. We know that this simply is not true!

  1. He heals all your diseases. (v.3)

God heals of the “ills” of mankind and has done this through the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice.

Healing is yours: spirit, soul, and body!

  1. He redeems your life from destruction. (v.4)

To redeem is a reference to the next of kin that buys back a relative’s property, to be an avenger and deliver someone.

The word “destruction” should be translated “the pit” of destruction.

Sometimes we can find ourselves in a pit, even of our own doing, but God will deliver us and bring us out of that pit.

  1. He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies. (v.4)

This word “crown” does not necessarily mean a crown that you wear. The Hebrew word truly means in this context “to encircle around you”.

I truly believe that David is saying that God will encircle you with peace, love, mercy and compassion.

  1. He satisfies our mouths with good things. (v.5)

Satisfy – to have enough or to full of

He will meet your everyday basic needs and satisfy you with good things.

  1. He renews your youth and strength like an eagle’s. (v.5)

The eagle will throughout its life “molt” or lose it’s feathers starting from top to bottom in a process that can take six months but once complete the eagle has a brand new set of feathers. The old ones are gone and new ones are present.

This gives the eagle a new lease on life to carry on and similarly the Lord will do the same thing in us.

  1. He makes things right for those who have been wronged.

Psalms 103:6 | NKJV (6) The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

Psalms 103:6 | ERV (6) The LORD does what is fair. He brings justice to all who have been hurt by others.

Psalms 103:6 | NLT (6) The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

Psalms 103:6 | CEV (6) For all who are mistreated, the LORD brings justice.

God will cause the wrongs in our lives to be made right sooner or later.

The reality is that these things do not just happen in our lives. We must find out about them and then believe and receive them into our lives.

The next time that you feel like you need to pay the Lord back for His wonderful grace and forgiveness, remind yourself of all the things He has done for you, put them in mind, talk about them and live them out in your life.