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Jesus Our Weight Lifter

By Cathy Irvin
Staff Writer - Are you carrying burdens on your shoulders, loaded down with the cares of this life? What you need to know is that you can let Jesus have anything that is burdening you.

He said to cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7). The Bible also tells us to “lay aside every weight that does so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1).

I often hear Christians say how stressed they are, how they worry about everything. I sometimes have to remind myself to be at peace and know that God will take care of me. When I feel some sort of pressure from everyday life, my trust is not in myself or others, but in the Living God. He promises never to leave me nor forsake me. All I have to do is remember that He has brought me out of trials before and He can do it again.

I saw my son lifting weights the other day and thought how hard it must be the more weights that get added to the bar. He has worked up to lifting more and more. If it were too heavy, he would drop some weights off, I am sure.

This made me think that we, too, shouldn't carry the burdens, or the weights, on us either. Weights are those things that bog us down and pull on our spirits so much that we have no joy or peace.

Jesus stands by like a spotter in a gym. He is the One who helps us. He takes those weights that are too heavy so they don't come crashing down on our chests.

Let us give those needless weights that we carry around to Jesus. Just drop those weights! Allow the Lord to lighten your load.

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