About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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You Can Handle It


Many of us read the Book of Revelation in an attempt to figure out the future without seeing any present-day importance within its pages.  If that is all Revelation means to you, then you will miss much of the book's significance.  Revelation 2:24, for example, is important to our daily lives as Christians. 


"Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you.'"


One thing we learn from this verse is that sometimes Jesus imposes burdens on both the individual believer and the church community.  He does so as a means of discipline.  That's not a popular concept these days, but this fact remains.  Discipline produces maturity, and the maturing process is a daily experience for the Christian and the church.    


Another thing we learn from what Jesus said on this occasion is that He does limit the intensity of the burden He places on us and our church community.  He only burdens us down with that which we can handle.  It is not difficult to figure out, then, that if you or your church family are carrying a burden, Jesus believes you can handle it.  That being the case, there is no use complaining about a burden that Jesus feels you can handle.  There is also no sense blaming the devil for the burden that originates with Jesus.    


So, the next time you or your church community feel like complaining or asking Jesus to rescue you from a burdensome trial, you might want to think about the lesson to be learned from being disciplined. 


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