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Find Rest My Soul

Find Rest My Soul

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Published by Daniel Thompson
Message on Matthew 11.
Message on Matthew 11.

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1Find Rest My Soul Pastor Dan ThompsonColumbia Heights Assembly of God
Find Rest My Soul
 
Matthew 11:25-30
 
Rom. 7:7-25
 
I am Tired,
 
Yes, I'm tired.
 
For a couple years I've been blaming it on iron- poor blood, lack of vitamins, dieting and adozen other maladies that make you wonder if life is really worth living.
 
But now I found out, it ain't that.
 
I'm tired because I'm overworked.
 
The population of this country is 237 million.
 
104 million are retired.
 
That leaves 133 million to do the work.
 
There are 85 million in school, which leave 48 million to do the work
 
Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government.
 
This leaves 19 million to do the work.
 
Four million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 15 million to do the work.
 
Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Government andthat leaves 200,000 to do the work.
 
There are 188,000 in hospitals, so that leaves 12,000 to do the work.
 
Now, there are 11,998 people in prisons.
 
That leaves just two people to do the work.
 
You and me.
 
Bummer..
 
And you're sitting there reading this.
 
No wonder I'm tired.
 
We go through life in struggle. It‟s part of who we are. We need to realize that
giving effort IS part of the human condition. Yet, there are things we struggle with in ourChristian life that may not need that kind of struggle. Paul wrestles with this in Romans 7.Jesus was dealing with it in the Gospel of Matthew. Putting these passages together for
reading this week brings us an incredible picture of our condition and Christ‟s solution.
 
This is, of course, the July 4th weekend.
If you didn‟t notice before, the echoing
throughout the sanctuary probably tipped you off.The story of the American Revolution is probably my favorite time period inhistory. I am enthralled by the bravery of men and women in that time period. I am alsoblown away by the YOUTH of that era.
 
2Find Rest My Soul Pastor Dan ThompsonColumbia Heights Assembly of God
Thomas Jefferson was 34 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.George Washington was in his 40s and considered an old man when he wascommander of the Continental Army.They had zeal, passion, intelligence, and worked hard to forge our nation. I love thestory.The story of the Revolution is a story of struggle. For years Washington was more amaster of retreat than a gifted victor. It was his ability to get the troops AWAY fromthe British Army that kept the patriots from losing the war early.They battled lack of funding. They battled poor conditions in their camps. Theylacked international support for so long. And through it all they determined to be free andindependent. They made it through the struggle.In one of the bleakest moments of the struggle Thomas Paine wrote the wordsthat caused the American troops to rally and pull off a surprise victory that shook theBritish.
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine  patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more  glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
(
The Crisis,
Thomas Paine, 1776)
 
“What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly.”
 
The colonies pulled it off and less than five years later they won theirindependence from Great Britain.
 
I love those stories. It‟s our American spirit. It‟s our historical DNA. It‟s the
fabric of who we are, what we have come from, the cloth from which we are cut, so tospeak.
I don‟t apologize for that American spirit. On this weekend I deeply honor the
spirit of those men and women who fought for that independence.
 
3Find Rest My Soul Pastor Dan ThompsonColumbia Heights Assembly of God
There is a BUT here...
 
There is something about THAT particular spirit, that spirit to strive and achieve,that does come up against some attitudes within the Kingdom of God.
 
It‟s not that we DON‟T have effort. Grace isn‟t opposed to effort. It‟s opposed to
EARNING.
 
And it‟s that EARNING part where we have the struggle as believers at times inour lives. And it probably comes from that DNA that helped forge our nation. It‟s human
nature as well. We strive to earn. We strive to perfection.WE GET TIRED!That is the struggle you can feel from Paul in Romans 7.
And who doesn‟t know that struggle?
 
The good we know we need to do... WE DON‟T DO.
 
The stuff we want to avoid... THAT is what we do!
I play the game of “Don‟t think about the pink elephant” with people.Most of the time people crack up with that one. One time I asked, “What are youthinking about?” and a student said, “A BLUE elephant.”
 
We get so caught up with the DOING. The striving. We struggle. We struggle forperfection. We struggle for acceptance.Paul lays out the issues for us.1. The Law is spiritual.
 
2. WE ARE NOT -- We are flesh and blood. We are UNspiritual!
 
3. Our allegiances are all off. We are SLAVES to sin!
The results are awful. The very things we don‟t want to... even the things we HATE
to do... WE DO.
Hear the struggle and see if you don‟t identify:

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