WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR BURDENS

Posted by Perry


GALATIANS 6:2-5
CBC 1/17/10 SM
We all have burdens
· physical handicap
· chronic sickness
· abnormality U can’t change
· spiritual burdens
o hurricane Satan
o storm surge of sin
o suffering spiritual consequences
· emotional burdens
o depression
o anxiety
o heartache over loss
o financial reversal
ILL: Chinese woman lost her son/could not find comfort/went to wise old man/”go to a home that has not sorrow or grief, and bring back a mustard seed, and I will restore your son”/after several days woman returned/”I have been so selfish in my grief…sorrow is common to every home.”
SOME BURDENS ARE MEANT TO BE SHARED [BY OTHERS]
· Gal 6:1 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass,
o Not someone who [CHOOSES to live in sin]
ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
o Rather than pointing accusing fingers
o Rather than shooting the wounded
o Reach down & give them a helping hand to lift them up
o Help them get back on track
o Supposed to encourage/strengthen one another when it comes to faults & failures
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
· What keeps us from bearing another’s burdens?
o Thinking ourselves above ever need this kind of help
o Self-righteousness – “value by comparison” [better than those that have inconsistencies]
o That’s SELF-DECEPTION
§ All need each other @ times
ILL: preacher preaching this sermon & asked if anyone had ever heard of a perfect person other than Jesus/man in back raised his hand/ “I don’t know him, but I’ve heard a lot about him…my wife’s 1st husband!”
· Sorrow and Grief
o @ any given time @ CBC we have someone under a heavy load of grief
Rth 2:13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
· she was stranger in a foreign land
o an outcast
o expected to be ostracized
o expected to do without
o someone came into her life and gave her comfort
· whom have you “comforted” lately?
o Who has comforted you?
o 1 reason God allows suffering
§ so we can comfort
§ so we can be comforted
2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
ILL: George W. Truett, 1st Baptist, Dallas gave counsel to a lady who had lost a baby. Hours of counsel didn’t seem to help the woman. He enlisted the help of another lady who had been through it before. She did more in 5 minutes than he ever did.
· Don’t wallow in self-pity & allow ur tragedy to be wasted
o God wants to use them for good in others
o You have been through things I can’t help people with
· be patient, kind & understanding b/c everyone has burdens
o lift a burden w/ a note
o lift a burden w/ out-loud prayer w/ that person
SOME BURDENS ARE MEANT TO BE SHOULDERED ALONE
Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
· Consequences of personal sin
o People want to sin & ignore the consequences
o Attitude today is: “it’s somebody else’s fault
St. Louis Post-Dispatch report
· Killers become killers for 2 reasons
o Difficult delivery @ birth
o Rejected by their mother
o Don’t forget we still have FREE CHOICE!...
o Parents lifestyle may have exposed U 2 certain sins, but you still have FREE CHOICE
We like to play the blame game
· Started w/ Adam & Eve
o When R we going 2 grow us & fess up & say, “I’m responsible”
· we can choose sin, but we can’t choose consequences
o we have free will, so does God when He READS OUR METER
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Judgment is Serious
* everyone will stand before God some day
SOME BURDENS ARE MEANT TO BE SHED
Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee: He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Jesus is our great burden bearer
· we cling to burdens we should give to Him
o deceived thinking He wants us to carry them
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
· THE LORD WILL LIFT THE BURDEN
o PS 55:22 said, & He shall sustain the burden???NO!
o said, “& He shall sustain thee”
I must tell Jesus, all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone, in my distress He kindly will help me, He ever loves and cares for His own.

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