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Monday, March 5, 2012

Monkey Business

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you not as the world gives, do I give you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.  John 14:27 (New American Standard Bible)

Have you ever heard of a monkey trap? It’s a cage or bottle containing food with a hole large enough to allow the monkey to fit his hand into but not large enough to allow him to withdraw his fist while holding the food.  When the person who set the trap approaches, the monkey screams and tries to get away but will not let go of the food and remains trapped.  

A monkey trap can be anything that snares us through fear and mistrust, hindering the experience of blessing God has for us.  This is why Jesus said He offers abundant life.  Fear is one of the thieves that steal our peace and freedom in Christ. Jesus says He will carry the burden of any load or loss and what He gives us to carry will be light indeed (Matthew 11:28-30). 

God bids us to come to Him and place all our burdens on His Son, Christ Jesus, and instead of being troubled and fearful to be calm and at peace.  Turning loose of what is in the monkey trap liberates us. That is why we gain more when we turn loose of less.  Fear not, for He is with you.