Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28 Weariness derives from burden and weakens the fortitude God grants Christians. Before you can obey God's commands and walk with Jesus, you must cast burdens behind you. Fortunately, this is not difficult. Jesus, who is drawn by the needs of people, tell us he will willingly accept those burdens for us.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. - Hebrews 11:1 Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. It's a conviction of certainty about what cannot be seen. Faith serves as a filter through which Christians view their life experiences. The opposite of faith – doubt – binds and restricts our ability to experience the startling results Christianity offers us. When in doubt, don't.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 God doesn't count our sins nor bind them to us – we have a choice – and nobody understood starting over better than Paul who went from Jesus' worse persecutor to his wildest fan. When we choose to follow Jesus, the slate is wiped clean and we begin anew, freed by our choice, and commitment, to live a Christian life.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 It's refreshing to recognize that Jesus is willing to take responsibility for the things we worry about. However, we must "cast" our worries on him – a decisive act to forego the burden. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Worry looks around, Faith looks up."
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9