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Ahhhhhhhhh! 8 Steps in Getting Relief from Our Burdens: Part 2

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We don’t have to live downtrodden; carrying such heavy loads. We have help. Last time I gave you 3 steps in relieving your burdens. Here are 5 more.

Step 4: Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you.

By cooperating with God, the Holy Spirit will not only teach you but enable you to bear your load.

In our backpack of burdens many of us have a burden that’s not only difficult to carry but one that constantly pricks us—just like the Apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh. Three times he begged God to remove this thorn, but God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9).

As a widow I have found that Jesus is not only enough—but MORE than enough. God’s power is sufficient for any and all burdens!

Step 5: Let others help you

God often sends people to relieve our burdens. There are many examples in Scripture (see the story of Moses in Ex 17, 18; Num 11)

We are not to do life alone. We need each other.

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)**

Jesus is our example here as well. He asked others to pray for Him. He received help from others for His daily needs of food and shelter. It takes humility to ask for help. Imagine the second Person of the Godhead asking mere humans for help! If the God-Man asked for assistance, surely we too can admit our need.

Step 6: Bear your part

Understand that some burdens can be completely removed; others cannot. And some God chooses not to take away—like that thorn in the flesh. For those that aren’t removed, you will have to bear some of the load. But His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Mat 11:30). Remember He is empowering you to carry your part.

Step 7: Be Grateful

Although not explicitly stated in the Matthew 11:28-30 passage, an attitude of gratitude will greatly help lighten your load. Jesus was a thankful Person; it’s part of His character. Learn from His example. When you are heavy laden, praise and thank your Savior and He will lift your heavy spirit.

Step 8: Get specific

All burdens are not created equal! Exactly how to release a particular burden will depend upon its type. I obviously cannot cover all that here. But to get you on the right path:

  • Begin with prayer, trusting the Holy Spirit to guide you.
  • Find biblical passages that address the area in which you are struggling.
  • Meditate on them.
  • Share it with others in getting specific answers. At the very least they can pray with you and for you as you learn to release it to the Lord.

There is one burden I do want to cover—the biggest burden we all have—guilt. That’s for next time.

One last thing:

Don’t add to your burdens by following your own way.

When you’re in the yoke, totally submitted, Jesus will keep you from going astray. You won’t have the additional burden of figuring out the path ahead or the consequences of future mistakes. He knows the way and you can trust Him to do His part; to pull His weight (99.99999% of it!). That in itself is a tremendous relief!

 

*The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

**New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Ahhhhhhhhh! 8 Steps in Getting Relief from Our Burdens: Part 1

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Life is hard, filled with as many types of burdens as there are grains of sand. But life can also be good.

Our heart-breakers need not be back-breakers!

We can be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome this heart-breaking world (Jn 16:33). How, you may ask?

God’s Word tells us. The answer can be found primarily in 1 passage:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mat 11:28-30)*

Step 1: Come to God

Jesus is inviting you to release your burdens to Him. Why should you accept His invitation? Because you…

  • Can’t do it yourself. Jesus gives what no one else can give—rest from the burden of sin; from the weariness of fruitless toil. We can do nothing without Him (Jn 15:5).
  • Will receive rest for your soul
  • Will become closer to your Savior.

Step 2: Come willingly and humbly

Take my yoke upon you… For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of animals enabling them to pull a load together. It’s a picture of submission; of yielding to God’s ways. God will not force you to take your burdens to Him, but He invites you to do life with Him. You will have problems in this life. Whether you deal with them alone or with a powerful God who loves you is up to you.

“His commands [will] are not burdensome” (1 Jn 5:3). Jesus is carrying the majority of the weight. Most of us don’t like that word submission, but I have found it to be a beautiful word.

We’re not surrendering to the enemy but to the Savior of our soul!

Step 3: Let Jesus teach you

…Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (v 29).

We need to learn how to release our burdens. It’s not natural for us to look for help, especially in this independence-driven nation. “I am woman!” and “I can do it.” attitudes permeate our culture.

We are to learn about Jesus and from Jesus. Who He is—His character and His ways. Jesus is God with all of the wonderful attributes of God. He is a living example of how to release our burdens. He came to His Father in prayer with His concerns; He came willingly and humbly.

Learning how is a process. The 1st step is to get into the yoke and then learn how to remain there. We have the tendency to take back control. We must learn to recognize when we’ve reverted back to doing it our way. God will let you know that you are struggling against Him by removing His rest. That lack of peace in your heart is an indication you may have gotten out of God’s perfect will. Once you are aware of your straying, then just confess and resubmit.

Other times God brings a hardship into our lives to remind us of our desperate need of Him.

Gratefully, the Holy Spirit will teach you discernment. As believers, we have the best Teacher residing in us. The Holy Spirit, God Himself, will teach you. And He is an incredibly patient and forgiving One! 

Next time you will learn 5 more steps on how to release your burdens. Until then…

Get in the yoke—you won’t be sorry!

 

 

The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

 

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