Matthew 11:29 – Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus did the hardest part. He gave everything up for you. It was His love for you that held Him to the cross. Whatever He is asking you to give, it’s not too much because it already belongs to Him. As you let go of that thing that is so important to you, you will find rest and peace.

Declaration: I give to you Lord everything I have. Everything I am is yours.

Take Out the Trash

If you want Jesus Christ to show up in a miraculous way this year; if you want Him to show up in your head, in your finances, in your stability, in your home, in your relationships–if you want God Almighty to show up and go, “Boom! I Am here and it’s all about Me,” you have to prepare a place for Him. If you don’t He won’t show up. 

“But Pastor Troy, I invited Him. How come He won’t show up?” Because if He shows up and you’re not prepared, He has to judge you. Let me tell you from my own experience, it is literally the mercy of the Lord that He doesn’t show up as much as He wants to. The Jewish people found this out the hard way.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather our children together, as a hen gathers her boor under her wings, but you were not willing.” – Luke 13:34

Jesus Christ showed up to Jerusalem and wept and said, “Oh, how I’ve wanted to do this and that in your lives, but you killed the people sent to get you ready so you missed your day of visitation.” They not only missed their long-awaited Messiah, they lost their nation for 2,000 painful years.

My friend, that’s not you! You are going to be prepared. You are going to determine right now who you are—that’s your identity—and whose you are—that’s your destiny. What happens between now and your first breath of heaven’s air is called your “purpose,” and only those who prepare find that and live it out. 

What places in your life do you need to prepare for the Lord’s purpose because you don’t want to face His judgment? Your finances, family or friends? What about your job, your ministry or your habits, hurts and hangups? Identify the places you need the Holy Spirit to clean up and get out of the way! He’ll take out the trash.