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Daily Devotional - January 16th

Jan 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read - Genesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20
Matthew 11:28-30 
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Each day, life presents a bountiful buffet of opportunities offering blessing or cursing.  There is a continual river of Life flowing from My heart to all; however, there is a flow originating from the wickedness of the enemy and authored by his strategists.
Of course, those things offered from darkness always bring stress, worry and ultimate bondage. Fear becomes the resulting stronghold with the intended purpose of skewing your identity and bringing you into a burdensome place of weightiness.
Jacob was one who fell under the burden of his name: supplant; one who undermines.  He made ungodly decisions that opened the door for fear to rule his life.  This heavy burden caused him to run away from not only his father-in-law, brother Esau, but also from his true identity.  Because of My great love, I drew him away and wrestled with his soul.  When he surrendered to My will for his life, he  walked into his future and into his true identity as Israel: one who prevails with ME.
Many tantalizing delicacies line satan's buffet table. Everything looks so good and screams at you to partake. The entire feast is nothing more than a deceptive mirage that lures you to bite into a great big, heavy burden.
If you show any interest, their shouts elevate to almost unbearable decibels blocking your ability to hear My voice. They scream, "Work more hours; take more classes; get your children in more sports; buy more things!" They continue to offer many ideas and choices to entice you and without even knowing it, you've indulged in everything presented.
In no time, you find yourself worn out and stuffed full of exhaustion. Even in the middle of total burn out, your mind still tries to justify everything as being from Me because it looked so good.
Be cautious and alert, wielding discernment as a sword during this new season. The enemy wants to wear you down using busyness and stress to accomplish his task. A tired and burned out believer is ineffectual for Kingdom advancement!
Come and give Me all of your weariness and I will give rest for your tired and worn out soul. Surrender all heavy burdens that weigh you down; they do not belong to you. Repent for taking on things and opportunities that were not from My feasting table.  Repent for taking on false identities fed to you by the deceptions of evil.
Come away and learn from Me and from My ways. Take from the good things offered on My banqueting table. Taste and see that I am good. I require nothing from but a surrendered heart. 
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light
Now, take in a deep breath of My rest!

Precious Lord,
I surrender to You and to the identity You stamped into my spiritual DNA.
As an act of my will, I refuse to yield to anything less than a
Seated in Heavenly places next to You mindset and life style.
It is who I am in YOU.