Daily Devotional for Saturday December 23, 2017


Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB) “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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.”


We don’t like to talk about it, but we must to understand what happens to our joy. There is a spiritual force that wants nothing more than to rob us of our inner joy and peace that God so desperately wants us to enjoy with Him. That force is called by many names: Satan, the devil, evil, etc. The Word says that he even disguises himself as an ‘angel of light.’ I know that being busy and thinking I am doing the right thing can be part of Satan’s plan to rob me of my joy. Someone sent me an email that said BUSY is “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.” I thought that was pretty good as there are times that we can become so caught up in things that we miss the opportunities for joy. The devil is a killjoy and wants nothing else but to kill our joy. Will we let him still our joy in the Lord? 


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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