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Often theology - as well as legalism and applying the New Testament ourselves - burdens us.

Let us consider the simple turning of our hearts to the Lord. When we were first born again, we turned from sin and we began to turn our hearts to the Lord. There is a tranquility and stillness in His Presence. When we find that there is turmoil and agitation in our soul, we simply turn back to Him and withdraw to the inner fortress where tranquility and peace returns to us. The longer we turn to Him, the more established we become in Him and simply need to keep our hearts in His love like a rudder of a ship - abiding in Him.

Now, even this turning our heart to the Lord is easy, natural and without effort. This is because He draws us!

Let us look at this relationship between turning our heart to the Lord our part) and His drawing us (His part) in the Song of Solomon:

Verse 2- 4 The Lord draws us unto Himself:

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his
mouth ------
For your love is better than wine.
Because of the fragrance of your good
ointments,
Your name is ointment poured forth;
Therefore the virgins love you.
Lead (Draw me) away!

Verse 4 continued turning our heart to the Lord:

We will run after you.

Because He draws us through His Presence, turning to Him becomes easy, natural and without effort. There is little that we need to do. We simply cooperate with the His work of grace. We keep our hearts before Him in peace. Only idols, weights, legalism and other things - wrong theology and dead works under the guise of church works - can hinder this inner relationship with our Lord Jesus. We need to keep ourselves free from these things.

It is like dropping a stone. Gravity draws it to the centre of the earth. Only if we hinder it will it not reach the ground. So, too, after we are born again, the Lord dwells in us through the Holy Spirit, and He draws us to Himself through His Presence. Quite naturally, responding to His drawing, we turn our hearts toward Him and will know and experience the depths of Jesus Christ if we do not hinder His work of grace in our hearts.

Truly, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.