Easy means “not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort.” God has “wired” us so things which first seem difficult get easier as we keep doing them – whether it is learning to walk, riding a bike, or living a life of joy. Some of the Bible verses to help us to expect things to get easier are:
- “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
- “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:3-4).
- “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. . . Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray” (Isaiah 35:8).
Our faith for things to get easier is vital to experience this ease. Here are five steps to add to this faith which will cause our life to get easier:
- Say Frequently “This is Easy” – Too many people regularly speak about how hard things are. Certainly, we don’t want to deny difficulty, but if we are constantly talking about how hard things are, we will be hindered from breaking free from it. I challenge you to experiment with the words, “this is easy.” Attack seemingly burdensome things with these words. I believe it will change your mindset, which will ultimately change your experience.
- Practice Makes Things Easier – “Do you see a man skilled in his work, he will stand before kings” (Proverbs 22:29). Someone who is skilled in an aspect of life has repeatedly practiced this over and over to garner the incredible ability they have. What if you saw the various parts of your life as practice before the “big game” in your future (e.g. practicing how to do relationships well, practicing how to walk in hope, practicing believing in people, etc.)?
- Don’t Create Identities Out of Apparent Failures – “Who told you that you were naked” (Genesis 3:11). “Who told you that?” has been a question the Lord has asked me when I speak out beliefs that are in agreement with my past experience, rather than who I am in Him. If we believe we are who our past experience says we are, we will certainly have more difficult experiences in our lives. For instance, if we believe and say “I don’t remember names well” because it has been hard for us, then this identity belief will contribute to not remembering names easily in the future.
- Take Care of Yourself – It is amazing how much easier things are in life if we are exercising, eating right, drinking water, and getting enough rest. These habits will increase our load-bearing capacity, which will make things easier for us.
- Attach Faith to What You Do – Romans 14 exhorts us to attach faith to the choices we make. Double-mindedness is the enemy of great influencers. Doubt makes our life experience harder, but whenever we attach faith (the belief we are doing what we should be doing) to our choices, we will have an easier experience. For instance, if we go to a meeting or make a financial decision in faith, we will find greater ease in what we are doing.
It may seem radical or unrealistic to believe things will get easier, but God has not called us to be realistic, but to be supernatural. God’s beliefs about us are far higher than our own, and He’s inviting us to take on His perspective of “It’s easy.” For more on this subject, listen to my podcast here.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.