Equipping Ourselves For Continuous Prevailing (Part 3)—Mark 6:31-32

Posted on January 19, 2024

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Equipping Ourselves For Continuous Prevailing (Part 3)—Mark 6:31-32

The third of the vulnerabilities is exhaustion. The Lord spoke these words in Mark 6.

There was such a swirl of activity around Jesus, with so many people coming and going, that they were unable to even eat a meal. So Jesus said to his disciples, “Come, let’s take a break and find a secluded place where you can rest a while.” They slipped away and left by sailboat for a deserted spot. Mark 6:31-32 (TPT)

Bob & Debby Gass of UCB wrote an apt description of the causative factors of exhaustion.

The average office worker is bombarded each day with over two hundred messages via email, texts, tweets, and blogs. In fact, one in three managers gets sick because of information overload. It’s a blizzard out there! It makes you wonder – if technology is saving us all this time and energy, how come we’re so frazzled? Here is something Canary Wharf and Fleet Street won’t tell you: success presents more opportunities for the Enemy to run you into the ground. That’s no way to live, and it certainly isn’t God’s will for you. Don’t wait until you hit the bottom, get fired, throw away your life, settle for a dead-end job, or lose your family. Don’t wait until you’re too old, too grumpy, and too locked into your lifestyle. Today, Jesus is saying to you, ‘If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest…learn from me’  (Matthew11:28-29 (CEV). Leadership expert and Christian author Phil Cooke says: ‘The Lord can’t relieve the pressure while you’re in the wrong place, at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing, with the wrong people. If you climb the corporate ladder and neglect your family, His hands are tied because your priorities are out of order. When you’re in God’s will, you can work hard, but travel light! He’ll carry your burdens and take the weight. Simplifying your life may mean working fewer hours, scheduling “down time” and investing more in your loved ones. Markets, assignments, personalities and situations are all different, but these principles hold true for everyone.’ So the word for today is—simplify your life. *Taken from United Christian Broadcasters

What they wrote is not only true for blue-collar workers and corporate gurus but is applicable to all endeavours of life. Weariness/exhaustion can do a number on any of us, causing us to lose perspective, driving us to short-term decisions that will hurt our future. Learn from Esau’s story in Genesis 25:29-34.

Jacob was boiling pottage (lentil stew) one day, when Esau came from the field and was faint [with hunger]. And Esau said to Jacob, I beg of you, let me have some of that red lentil stew to eat, for I am faint and famished! That is why his name was called Edom [red]. Jacob answered, Then sell me today your birthright (the rights of a firstborn). Esau said, See here, I am at the point of death; what good can this birthright do me? Jacob said, Swear to me today [that you are selling it to me]; and he swore to [Jacob] and sold him his birthright. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils, and he ate and drank and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright as beneath his notice. Genesis 25:29-34 (AMPC)

When you are at the point of exhaustion, stop and rest. When you are weary, remember the offer of the Lord in Matthew 11:28,29.

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.” Matthew 11:28,29 (TPT)

Will you take the invitation? Shalom.

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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