May 26th 2013 Childlike Faith-Light and Easy Yolk, pt. 2 -Abide in His love

Last week we heard an incredible invitation from Jesus to “learn” from him how to walk with a soul at rest and a light and easy yolk.  Today we explore… What is Jesus’ secret to walking with a soul at rest and a light and easy yolk?   And how do we learn to do it like him?

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Childlike Faith: light and easy yolk, part 2

May 26th, 2013  by Kasey Crawford

Today’s Passages: Matt 11:25-30; John 5:19-20, 15:5-11; Mark 1:9-11

At that time Jesus said, “…you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children….Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”     Matthew 11:25–30

Jesus says that through having a relationship with God in which he postures his heart like a ______________ little child, he experiences a soul at rest with a light and easy yolk.

He is the ultimate ____________ for us to follow. He invites you to follow him and learn from him in such a way that ______ can say about your own life: “_______ yoke is easy and my burden is light!

What does it look like for Jesus to posture his heart like a little child so that he has a soul at rest and a light yolk and easy burden?  (see John 15:5-11) and how do we do that like him?

Jesus gives this famous teaching in which he invites people into a dependent relationship with him where he is the “vine” and we are the “branches” but what is often missed is that this kind of dependent relationship he is describing is what _________ has with the __________.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

We are dependent on _______ just like ___ is dependent on the father.

Abide in me….As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:5, 9-11

Jesus wants his followers to experience the ____________ of ______ their soul’s were made for by being in relationship with him, just like he is in relationship with the father and it brings him fullness of joy.

Fullness of joy is a soul at ________ with a light and easy yolk.

How does Jesus experience his soul at rest and full of joy?

He ____________ in the father’s ___________.

Do you know what abide means?  _____________ or ___________.

Jesus __________ in the father’s love.

Like the branch of a vine, the father’s love is his life __________.

For example: he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”Mark 1:10-11

He dwelled with the __________ _____ of heaven towards him as his constant source of joy that resulted in a soul at rest and an easy yolk.


Do you dwell in God’s love?

Do you live in the gaze of heaven’s smile?

Pray these truths throughout your day: “Thank you Father that:

I am your beloved child/son/daughter (1 John 3:1)

Your goodness and mercy pursue me today (Psalm 23:8)

It makes you happy to give me your kingdom (Luke 12:32)

You have plans to bless and prosper me and not to harm me (Jer29:11)

You delight in me (like a good parent) so much it makes you sing, loudly! (Zephaniah 3:17)

Kasey Crawford