Learning to Carry the Burden of the Lord

John J. Blanchard

December 29, 2012

Good morning to you all.  Isn’t it amazing we have reached the last Sabbath of 2012.  As 2012 comes to a close, if you have noticed most people have a feeling or a sense of being weighed down by a burden or many burdens.  Nationally we see on the news a lot of people very upset.  They are weighed down with, of course, this struggle with debt and this budget crisis that we are having in the United States, but we also finished the year on a very violent note.  We have had several and not just one major shooting as we saw in Connecticut, but we have had firemen shot.  It seems like every day someone else is suffering some sort of violent act.  I think it is hitting the news with more force than it has in a long time because people are fed up.  They are anxious, and they are worried.  They are fearful and anxious about a lot of things.

People don’t know whether they will have a job in 2013, or whether they will run out of unemployment, or whether they will be able to afford their taxes if we go over the fiscal cliff, as they say.  Everyone’s tax will rise.  People are worried.  Because of that, they have exacerbated their existing health problems.  Many Americans have health problems.  We are just weighed down.  This is a national feeling everywhere you go.  People are just down.

CHRISTIANS ARE BURDENED

To be a Christian does not mean we are immune to getting weighed down by burdens.  Logic would tell us that Christians should not feel the same as everybody else.  We should be more upbeat, but in reality we really do find ourselves weighed down.  We see the news as well.  We suffer from unemployment.  We suffer from too high a tax.  We suffer from health problems.  We all have many burdens to carry.

We know that Scripture tells us that if we have faith, that should not be so.  Let’s turn to II Timothy chapter 1, verse 7:  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Therefore we should not really be anxious.  We know that.  We could point to a dozen Scriptures that tell us not to be anxious, not to be worried, not to be fearful, not to be down, and to be upbeat.  Why is it then even if we are Christians we feel down?  The answer is because we are also carrying burdens.  We are carrying burdens, and the situation really gets us down as well.  It is incumbent upon us to learn how to carry our burdens.  We need to carry our burdens.  That is the title of today’s sermon:   “Learning to Carry the Burden of the Lord.”  God knows what our burdens are.  He knows exactly what our situation is.

THE PROPHETS HAD BURDENS

If we were to take a quick study and go back into the Old Testament, we would find that God’s servants down through history always had burdens to carry.  We could not possibly go through all the burdens that all of God’s servants carried, but let’s look at a few.  The prophets were definitely weighed down by them.

Go to Jeremiah chapter 1.  We know Jeremiah was powerfully used by God.  We know God called him from before birth, but here is what Jeremiah had to say in Jeremiah 1, verse 4:  “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:  ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Then said I [this is Jeremiah speaking]: ‘Ah, Lord God!  Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’”

Even though God told Jeremiah, I have known you before you were born and I have plans for you, the first thing Jeremiah says is, I can’t even talk!  There have been other prophets who said the same thing.  Remember Moses at the burning bush said, I can’t talk!  Don’t give me this job!

If you would, turn to Jeremiah chapter 15.  During the course of Jeremiah’s ministry you know he had to proclaim a lot of dire warnings.  It did not make him very popular.  To this day we talk about someone bringing bad news as bringing a jeremiad.  In Jeremiah 15, verse 10 Jeremiah is speaking:  “Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!  I have neither lent for interest, nor have men lent to me for interest.  Every one of them curses me.”

He says, woe that I was ever born!  Yet he knew God said, I called you before you were born.  But he was so dejected and so upset by this dire warning that he constantly had to give people. People turned on him and cursed him, and he was beside himself at times.  Yet he knew he had been called by God before birth.

Let’s drop down to verse 15 of Jeremiah 15 where once again Jeremiah is speaking:  “O Lord, You know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.  In Your enduring patience, do not take me away.  Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.  Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of Your hand, for You have filled me with indignation.  Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?  Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, as waters that fail?”

After all the miracles that God did through Jeremiah and telling him he had been called from before birth, Jeremiah actually questioned whether God was going to let him be persecuted for the rest of his life.  He questioned whether God let him down.  He felt that bad about his ministry.  He was totally dejected.

Turn back near the end of the Old Testament to the prophet Habakkuk.  We will be reading from Habakkuk chapter 1.  This is another prophet of God speaking about his burden that he had to carry.  Habakkuk chapter 1, beginning in verse 1:   “The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.  O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear?  Even cry out to You, ‘Violence!’  And You will not save.  Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble?  For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.  Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth.  For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.”

He said, how long are you going to see me in trouble?  How long are you going to listen to me cry and not do something?  I am telling you I am suffering violence and persecution.  I see contentions on every side.  Why?  Here is another prophet of God who is very stressed out about the job he had been given to do.  He called it a burden of the Lord.

Going back to the prophet Isaiah, turn to Isaiah chapter 6, verse 1:  “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings:  with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said:  ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”

This is a tremendous miracle to see a vision like this and have your eyes behold that kind of glory and power of God.  But look what Isaiah said, and this was during the course of his ministry, of course.

Verse 5 of Isaiah 6:  “So I said:  ‘Woe is me, for I am undone!  Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.’”

He said, now that I have seen this wonderful thing, I am stressed out!  I am scared because I am just a sinful man.  That was a very stressful thing for Isaiah.  He was given a job to do and knew he was but a mortal man.

For one last example, we will go to the example of Elijah.  Turn back to I Kings chapter 19. We know many of the miracles that Elijah did.  He battled the prophets of Baal.  He experienced many miracles in his life.  After quite a few miracles and after God used him and took care of him, he was hated by many people.

We are coming in the middle of the story starting in I Kings 19, verse 1:  “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword.  Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.’”

This was a threat on his life.

Verse 3 of I Kings 19:  “And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went toBeersheba, which belongs toJudah, and left his servant there.  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree.  And he prayed that he might die, and said, ‘It is enough!  Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!’”

After many miracles Elijah literally said, God, You have used me enough.  My life is threatened now.  This evil woman and this king are after me.  I really want to give up!  I really would like You to take my life.  That is how dejected the great prophet Elijah became.

All of these prophets that we just talked about carried burdens of the Lord.  They carried them physically in their life.  They had to overcome them and rely on God to get something done.  Literally every person who has ever been used by God in the Old Testament and New has gone through personal sacrifice and persecution.

Here we are in the last days, and we feel stressed.  We feel scared.  We feel dejected.  We feel like giving up sometimes.  We feel this is getting to be too much.  We have been doing this for many, many years.  When is this going to end, God?  Don’t you hear our prayers?  We could literally take from the words of these prophets and restate them.  We would feel like they are appropriate for our own life circumstance.

Looking at the prophets with hindsight, we can see how their lives finished out.  We can see that they were tremendously used by God.  We can read about the reward back in Hebrews 11.  They are going to be rewarded.  They have done their job.  We know that they carried their burden successfully.  They were a success in their lives.  Even though they were weighed down and got very dejected at certain points, they were successful as prophets and servants of God.

Our life story is not done yet.  We are still undergoing all these stresses and anxieties and fears.  We feel like giving up.  In other words, our burdens continue.  We need to bear the load.  We don’t know for how long.  Whether it is until we personally lay down the load and die awaiting the resurrection like the prophets and saints of old, or whether we have to carry the load until Christ returns, we don’t know.  But we are growing tired.  God knew this was going to happen.

TO WEAR OUT MENTALLY

Turn, if you would, to Daniel chapter 7, verse 25 where it is speaking of Satan:  “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law [Satan has done this].  Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.”

The saints go through this terrible ringer, and we are in the midst of it.  The saints have always gone through these terrible times, and Satan seeks to wear us down.  In verse 25 “to persecute” means to wear out.  It is bela (#1080, Strong’s, 1995) in the Hebrew which means to wear us out mentally.  That’s what’s happening to so many of us.  We are growing mentally weary and so tired.  This is what we have to face.  It is difficult, but we are not left alone.

Let’s turn to Jeremiah once again.  Go back to Jeremiah chapter 12 for a moment.  God knows we get tired, and He has some words for us here that should make us stop and take pause.  Jeremiah chapter 12, verse 1:  “Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You about your judgments.  Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”

Even though we know we have been called and even though we know we are Christian and know God is working with us, we see the wicked prospering so often.  We see us suffering.  We may ask why?  Why is this so?

Continuing in Jeremiah 12, verse 1:  “Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?  You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bear fruit.  You are near in their mouth but far from their mind.”

In other words, people try to look Godly, but inside their heart and their mind there are evil thoughts.

Verse 3:  “But You, O Lord, know me; You have seen me, and You have tested my heart toward You.  Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.  How long will the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither?  The beasts and birds are consumed, for the wickedness of those who dwell there, because they said, ‘He will not see our final end.’”

We see everything from the nation suffering from bad ideas and sins, to Christianity suffering from people who have gotten inside and are tearing the Church apart.  We could say the same thing Jeremiah said.  Why is this happening?

In verse 5 God says:  “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?  And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?”

God says, you are just dealing with humanity here.  You are complaining about people.  He said really the enemies are the horsemen.  We know them to be the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.  They are demons, and they are Satanically-inspired beings.  He said if people are going to get you down like this, how are you going to fight the real powers that are against you?  We know in Ephesians 6 those are wicked spirits in high places.  That is the real ultimate enemy.  That’s who is trying to wear us down and get us to give up.

Every generation of God’s people has faced this.  Every era of the Church in the Christian dispensation has faced their own burdens.  If you want proof of that, turn to Revelation chapter 2.  We are going to see some words to Thyatira.  Revelation 2, verse 24 where Christ says:  “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.”

He wanted them to reject false doctrine.  He said that is enough burden for you.  In other words, Christ knew that burden was there.  He wanted to see what the brethren in Thyatira would do about it.  They have to contend for the truth.

Each era of the Church has a warning given to it.  In other words, each Church era is carrying some specific burden.  We have our burdens in this day and this time.

What needs to happen, brethren, is we need to learn how to carry the burden.  There are four things that I would like us to look at in learning how to carry the load, and especially three main things.  The first one is very basic.  Turn to Psalm chapter 55.

PUT OUR BURDENS ON GOD

Psalm 55, verse 22 tells us:  “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

The first very basic thing we need to learn is to take that problem and tell God, I have these burdens.  I am giving them to You to help me carry on.  I am turning to you.  He will sustain you.  Notice He did not say, I am going to remove every burden and every problem from your life.  He said, I will sustain you.  I am going to give you the strength to carry on.

Let’s go to the New Testament in Hebrews chapter 9.  There are many, many Scriptures we could go to show how God helps us carry burdens.  We are just looking at a couple now.  Hebrews 9, verse 27:  “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

This is the ultimate promise that we want.  We are told here that Christ died once to bear the sins of many, so we know He has paid the penalty for us.  There is no greater way to lift that burden than to take away the wages of sin which is death.  We know there is a resurrection.  We understand that Jesus Christ has helped us with the ultimate burden which would be dying in sin and the inability to ever attain eternal life.  Jesus Christ is indeed there for us to take care of our burdens.  He did not say, I am going to remove all of them from your life.  Burdens are important we will see as we carry on here.

Now let’s turn to I Peter chapter 2.  It is a set of Scriptures we read often, but let’s look at it from the point of view of the necessity of burdens.  I am starting in I Peter chapter 2, verse 1:  “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

There you have it.  We give up what we call the old ways—the old man—deceit, lying, hypocrisy, and envy.  We become something precious for God, but it is a sacrifice.  It is tough to overcome these things.  It is tough to deal with sin, problems, and stresses in life.  Doing so makes us a sacrifice like Christ.  What did Christ do?  He sacrificed His life, so that we could have our sins removed.  We become living sacrifices along with Him, so that the world will ultimately have a bride for Jesus Christ to bring about a beautiful Millennium.  It will be an eternity of peace where people can have eternal life.  This is our job.  This is such a high calling.  That’s why Paul said in Romans 8, all the sufferings I have gone through, I count as nothing.  All these trials and persecutions I count as nothing because I keep my eye on the ultimate promise of God.  We need to do that.

We need to carry on knowing that what we are doing is becoming a sacrifice for others.  We need to have God’s help, therefore turn to Him.  Give Him that load.  We need to say, I know that ultimately You are helping me deal with sins, and the ultimate goal is eternal life if I am willing to help others.

CARRY THE LOAD THE BEST YOU CAN

The second point I want to bring out today is to carry the load the best you can.  The purpose of a load is to learn how to get rid of these sins and how to grow in patience, kindness, and compassion.  We learn these things by suffering ourselves. The only way we learn compassion and kindness toward others is by suffering ourselves.

It is one of those things where you do not want to pray to God to get rid of all your problems.  Don’t pray to get rid of all your problems.  That is not a proper prayer.  We are not thinking about others. We need to say, I want to deal with these the best that I can, God. Where I am falling short, help me with Your blood and Your sacrifice.  I know I am going to sin from time to time, and I can’t get rid of those sins.  I can’t get rid of the wages, but You can.  Help me to overcome and guide me.  This is a proper prayer where we are not saying, take away all my problems.  We are saying, let me handle them.  I will do the best I can.  Wherever I fall short, I need to be picked up.  Please help me.  God will help.  We need to learn to carry that load the best we can.

Let’s get some advice by going to Ecclesiastes chapter 9.  Here is some advice from Solomon in Ecclesiastes 9, verse 9:  “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

These are very wise words.  This includes whatever we find to do.  In the case of a Christian it is beyond our job, it is beyond our family, it is beyond all the things that we would do to be a productive member of society.  It is to be a Christian.  It is to share the light of God.  We need to do that with all the might that we have.  That means carry every burden we have to the very best of our ability.  Be good examples to those around us.  Show them how to carry on.  Show them it is a wonderful thing to be called a living sacrifice and to be called to suffer for other people.  It is a privilege.

Turn to Matthew chapter 10 where we have some words from Christ Himself.  Matthew 10, verse 34:  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Christ very plainly says we need to pick up our cross and follow in His footsteps.  He said, I know sometimes it is going to cost you family and friends.  It is going to bring about persecution.  But He said, you cannot love your own life and try to save your own life when you are called to be a sacrifice like Me.  He said, I did not come into this world to try to save my own skin, to get through life to be 70 or 80 years old, and die peacefully and quietly somewhere.  I came to be a sacrifice.  I bore my cross.  If you want to fulfill your calling and do it with your might, you need to pick up your cross and follow in My footsteps.  There is no promise here that Jesus Christ is going to remove every problem from our life.  He will help carry it, but we are going to have to suffer certain things in order to take our own calling seriously.  We need to cleanse ourselves and be examples to other people who live in this world of pain, suffering, and sorrow like we have seen in this year of 2012.  We need to show them how to get through and how to trust God.

Turn, if you would, just a couple pages over to Matthew chapter 16, verse 24:  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.’”

There is a promise of a reward, but it comes with self-denial and putting others above ourselves.  It is being willing sacrifices for them by picking up the cross which is the various burdens that we have to carry and doing it well.  We need to carry the load that we have been given to the very best of our ability, which becomes our works.  The reward will be based upon our works.

It is interesting that Christ says that you are going to have these burdens.  You need to pick them up and carry them.  Carry your burdens like I am doing, and it will be out of love for mankind.  But He says, I want to make sure it never is too much for you.

Turn to I Corinthians chapter 10, verse 12:  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

Before we get to feeling too sorry for ourselves, let’s see what verse 13 has to say:  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

We are not going to have any temptation or any trial too great for us to bear.  Christ will help us through it.  Notice He did not say, I am going to remove every trial and temptation.  That is not the case.  We would not grow.  We would not strengthen as Christians. We would not have compassion.

We can look up these various words and phrases that we have talked about.  “Bear your cross” actually means to extinguish selfishness and to have self-denial.  That is what that means.  The word “yoke” is zugos (#2218, Strong’s, 1995) in the Greek.  It means to join, especially by a yoke, a coupling.  We can think of two oxen coupled together.  By example it is figuratively talking about servitude, a law, or obligation.  In other words, we can take on the law and we are obligated.

Once we become called, baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit we now have an obligation to carry the load.  It also means literally the beam of the balance as connecting the scales.  You are familiar with the scales of justice or weigh scales.  That beam that goes across there is called a yoke as well.  God says, I am going to balance that out for you.  I am going to make sure it is an even load that you can handle and that it is going to bear fruit if you work with Me on it.  We need to help keep it in balance.  When we get dejected and when we get down and stay down, it is getting out of balance.  It means we are letting the load wear us down.  It is no longer a nice even yoke that we can pull.  It becomes a burden for us, and we get to the point like Elijah and these other prophets we read about who wanted to give up.  We get discouraged and stressed out.

If we were to read those stories that I just referred to about the prophets and read all the examples, God balanced the load for them.  He took care of Elijah.  He went into the cave, and there was wind.  God talked to him through a still small voice and gave him courage.  To Moses He said, I am going to help you.  There are going to be miracles, and I will give you your brother.  He will help you.

God always balances the load, so it is not too much for us to carry.  We are the ones who let it get out of whack.  We are the ones who let the burdens seem to be so big in our mind that we feel we can’t go on.  That is Satan working on us and working on us.  That is not God.  God is there to help us through every trial and circumstance.  He will help us balance that load.

SHARE THE LOAD

The third point I want to make is we need to be willing to share that load.  We share it with Christ, as we just mentioned.  Let’s go back to Matthew 11, verse 28 where Christ is speaking:  “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.”

God says, you are going to have problems, but I am going to help you balance this out.  I am going to help you pull.  You need to share that with Me, all you who are heavy laden.  I will give you rest as you need it along the way.  Of course, we have the weekly Sabbath every week.  I feel very sorry for the people in the world who struggle seven days a week and 365 days a year.  We have the Sabbath where we get this wonderful rest each week when we can recuperate.

God says, I am going to balance this out for you.  I am going to help you.  I will be here for you, and My yoke that I place upon you—these burdens that I allow you to have—will be a gentle load.  It won’t be more than you can bear.

We need to also share our burden with each other.  When you picture a yoke on a yoke of oxen or a team of horses, there is more than one pulling.  Each of us carries our individual load, but we are the body of Christ.  None of us should feel all alone in our problems.  We just should not feel that.  We are helping each other to pull, if we are doing this right.

Turn to Galatians chapter 6, verse 1:  “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

He says if you see anybody laboring either under sin or under a personal trial, help them.  In all gentleness help them bear their burden.  We are yoked together.  We are all pulling together.

Continuing on in Galatians 6, verse 3:  “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For each one shall bear his own load.”

Does that seem contradictory?  No.  We are one body.  We each carry our own load, but we are here to help each other with that load.  It is a wonderful principle.  We should never feel we are alone in our problems because we not only have Jesus Christ, but we have each other.  We should all be pulling for each other and helping each other with physical aid when necessary.  We help with spiritual aid through prayer, and we help with encouraging works through fellowship.  There are a lot of ways to help each other in times of need when our trials seem to be a little too much.

DO NOT ADD TO THE BURDENS OF OTHERS

Turn to I Timothy chapter 6, verse 1:  “Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.  And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved.  Teach and exhort these things.”

God is telling us here we are yoked together.  Whether we are a master or a worker, do it right.  Do not add to each other’s burdens.  The last thing we want to do is make each other’s lives harder, whether it is through offenses or the way we treat our workers if we are an employer through the Church.  There are so many ways we can unnecessarily offend each other, insult each other, or indeed turn our backs when someone is suffering.  You never want to say they deserve it.  That is your problem.  This is adding to one another’s burdens.  Instead of helping each other carry them, we are actually exacerbating the problem.

My fourth point was not to add to other people’s burdens.

With all of these points that we have brought out here now, we can see that if we are doing the first three, we are not going to end up in the situation where we are adding to other people’s burdens.  That is why I said the first three points are crucial.  Because we are human, every now and then we do add to someone else’s burden.  We are human and we do.  That is where we all need to forgive each other.

We need to take Satan’s hand off us.  In other words, Satan is the accuser of the brethren.  When we join in that kind of behavior, not only are we adding to that person’s burden—the one that we either are insulting or slandering or having a difficulty with—we are opening the door to Satan to cause problems to the body of Christ.

We need to carry our burdens, help each other carry burdens, and turn to God whenever they seem to be too much.  When we do this, we will indeed be profitable servants.  It will help this work and the world here at the end of the age to see how it is done in this difficult time.  Others will be able to see why the future is so bright.  We need to show people this can be done.  We can all get through this sorrowful time together.  We need to keep our eyes focused on the bright future that is just ahead.

We have all been called to a very, very high calling.  Our burdens are absolutely necessary for us to learn, to grow, and to bear fruit.  Therefore, brethren, we need to learn how to carry those burdens well.  Do the best you can.  With what you cannot handle, turn to God, and He will help you.  Let’s help each other.  Soon we will all be able to lay down our burden and wait for God to hopefully say, well done, good and faithful servant.

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