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Straining at the Oars Are You Overworking? 09/04/2011 05:46
Mark 6:48
He saw the disciples straining at the oars.

Labor Day weekend and I am suddenly confronted about my labor for the Lord! This Scripture starts out the devotion for today from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. Am I straining at the oars? Am I striving? Am I overworking? The word straining in the Greek means to torture, to vex with grievous pains (of body or mind), to torment, to be harassed, distressed, for those who are at those who at sea struggling with a head wind. We hear ourselves say I am working too hard or I am so very busy.overworking! And what is the fruit of this straining, this overworking for the Lord? Well things do get donepeople are blessedbut what happens within? Little by little, the weariness of soul sets in. Bitterness and judgment now has fertile ground to grow in. Inner vows become the weeds that start to grow: I have to do everything myself. Self-righteousness begins to show its horrid face!

What is the antidote for you and me? Abiding in Him. John 7:38: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Listen to this story told in Cowman/s devotion: A man who learned this secret once said, I came to Jesus and drank, and I believe I will never be thirsty again. My lifes motto has become Not overwork but overflow, and it has already made all the difference in my life. WOW! OVERFLOW!

Overflow: It is like a dam that filled to the brim, constantly having its waters released for the overflow to cascade down onto the waiting, thirsty land. The overflow comes from believing God believing who He is. There is the place of rest of peace - of blessed assurance. There is the filling station for my soul - abiding in Him. Christ dwells in us. Lives in us and flows through us these fragile vessels of clay that have been fired and re-fired in the kiln of adversity to become His glorious vessels fit for His living water. Not OVERWORK BUT OVERFLOW this our motto now.

Lord, I know you dwell in me. Everyday draw me close. Right now saturate me with You. Every cell in my body, every thought in my mind, every emotion in my heart. Saturate me. My will totally Yours. My food to do the will of You. All my life taken over by You. No more straining or striving but resting in You in all that I do. Amen.
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