Matthew 11:28

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Friday October 7, 2022

Matthew 11:28
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Souls who are earnest in their striving oftentimes cannot believe that God can forgive their sins.

Why not?

Because they feel that they can never get into the right relationship either to God or to their sins. They feel that they do not love God and do not hate sin. That they are not truly sorry for their sins. In fact, they feel that they do not do battle against them as they ought.

Now listen to what Jesus says: “Come unto me!”

To come to Jesus is enough. If sick persons come to the surgeon before it is too late they are saved. The sick can do nothing themselves, either the one way or the other. Nor is that necessary.

Jesus will save you. All you need to do is to turn to Him and tell Him how bad your situation is in every way.

The result will be that you will find rest.

Yes, you say, but must not something take place in me?

Yes, indeed. Two things must happen. But they have already happened.

In the first place, it was necessary for atonement to be made. But that has already been done. Jesus made atonement in your stead. Look now to Jesus and you will see something new. You will see that everything that He did, He did in your stead.

In the second place, acknowledgment of sin must take place. Unless you confess your sins, God cannot forgive.

Have I truly confessed, you ask?

Let me ask you a counter-question: Is there anything of which you have any knowledge that you have refused to confess to God? No, you say.

Well, nothing more is necessary. Yours is the rest of God.

Sit down quietly now and look to your Substitute. And return thanks to Him!

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, translator Clarence J. Carlsen (Augsburg, 1994)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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