Lay My Burden Down

I’ve been working on finding pictures for the book I’ve written about my husband, and I came across this one drawn by an Afghani man who accepted the Lord with Raouf back in the early 90s. He was an artist, and Raouf asked him to draw a picture of his life before and after Christ. So, in his very Spirit-filled way, he drew a picture of an Afghani man face down on the ground, with his bag of burdens put to the side and an enlightened hand helping him to rise.

One side of the picture is obviously shaded and dark, while the one with the helping hand is bright and light. Such a beautiful picture what happens when Jesus sets us free from sin and death. I’m so glad I did that when I was a young girl of eight. I pray you’ve done the same.

Walking in the Light with Jesus doesn’t mean that we don’t face hard times or continue on without sin. No, it means that He helps us through the hard days and gives us the ability to find forgiveness when sin threatens to take hold. The conviction of the Holy Spirit helps to keep Satan’s bag empty in my life, as I confess and walk on in the light of Christ.

John could not said it any clearer:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10)

Where are you walking today? Are you still carrying a burden you don’t have to bear? Give it to Jesus.

Grace and Peace


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