LAY IT ON ME
by Ramona Cook
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“LAY IT ON ME!”
“Lay it on me,” is one of those phrases that mean different things depending upon the context in which it is spoken.
If I am speaking with a friend who says something like, “You will not believe this one.” I might say, “Lay it on me.”
Lay it on me could also be an invitation for taking a weight of some kind from another in order to carry it for them.
Salvation is “Laid on us,” but there is one thing we must do in order to receive it, we must request it from God and confess our state of sin and need of Him, receiving Jesus as our Savior.
There is however, the unspoken perception that in the realm of the spiritual things of our lives that we might suppose that God simply “Lays” the victory over something or the success in something on us, and so there is nothing we must do to receive or to achieve success.
The fact is that it does indeed sometimes happen that way. I am referring to healings that God gives to people that did not ask the healing of Him. Also, there are things like the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit chooses to give each individual, for which no request was made, and yet the spiritual gift gets laid upon each one who is a believer in Jesus, without regard to a request for it.
The problematic fact that some of us as Christians deal with is, that God does NOT always simply “Lay it on us.” We think that because God is All Powerful, all He needs to do is to think it done and it is done. That is truth. He could. But He does not do all things that way.
In many, many ways God shows us that He wants relationship with us. He wants us to participate with Him in the process of the winning of victories and the building of successes, and this is true in all areas of our lives.
God created the Earth and gave it to mankind who in turn gave it away for his desire to know right from wrong. He wanted to become like God; and so we do know right from wrong. It is “in” us to know what is right and what is wrong, and therefore we are without excuse for doing wrong. Without excuse except that the nature of our rebellious feeling toward God is always trying to pull us off course from the right things.
We wish to decide the right thing and the wrong thing, despite what God has said. That is where the fight IS for us and that IS where we must by our wills, disallow the wrong we would do in some given circumstance and agree with God’s way. It requires our participation. God will not simply “Lay the victory over it on us.”
God will give us strength to overcome any situation but only because we are trying to overcome it. We are required to be applied, as a soldier is applied in a resistance battle. After repeated skirmishes’ with the problem we become the victor over it and then there will always be a new battle front to confront. This is the way God develops character in us so that He can depend upon us to be His friends and to do His will because we have been voluntary soldiers applied to the winning of the battle.
In time, there will be “Laid” upon us wreaths of victory for the degree of applied resistance to the destruction of our effectiveness in life, and for the victories we won, because we were engaged in the fight. All of it will bring glory to God and eternal joy to those of us who engage in the struggles of doing right in God’s sight.
There is within us a little irks about everything being God’s way. I used to think, quite secretly, that maybe God is a type of egotist. That is surely a thought from my rebellious nature toward God and I renounce it; what the fact is, is that everything God requires of us is for our protection and benefit because He loves us with all of His heart.
We need to think as we expect things of God and of life, “Is this one of those things in which I can expect to have it “laid” on me, or is this something for which I must apply myself, looking to God for assistance only, and in time gain success?
“…He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:16
“…Be not weary in well doing for in time you will reap (the harvest of success) IF YOU faint not.”
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“… Because you are strong AND because the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” I John 2: 14
Some of our political correctness, so called, has removed songs from the Hymnal such as, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” They maintain the argument that it is violent in nature and they do not see God as violent. God is violent against sin, (1) “God judges the righteous and God is angry with the wicked every day.” He has given to us Scripture that distinctly compares us to “soldiers.” (2) “The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force,” certainly sounds like a confrontation to me.
1 Psalm 7:11, 2 Matthew 11:12
Go for it! Resist the opposition for it! There is a fight, and the strongest contender wins! We are strong because the Word of God lives in us, so we can overcome the wicked one.
After the battle is fought and I have the victory when rewards are given then, “Lay it on me!” Until then, this is a battle, this is war.
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