No Other Burden
Why Are You Carrying Around The Weight Of The World?
People sometimes carry around a lot of burden. We worry about our kids, about our marriage, about our bills, and about a myriad of other concerns of this world. In addition, Christians worry about thier walk with Jesus, their sin, if they are doing enough for God and, if that were not enough, about what other people are doing. All this worry saps our joy and burdens us with the cares of this life.
No other burden
Today, I want to talk with you about having “no other burden.” Jesus says,
“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”
Essentially, Jesus did have some things that he want the people of Thyatira to watch out for, but besides that, he did not have any other isses with them. When people are stressed and working to their limit, it is not wise to over burden them. Jesus knows this and thus he does not put upon us more than we can bear.
Why worry about what we cannot change?
The truth is, we worry mainly about things we cannot control or change. Jesus said,
“Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?”
When it comes to spiritual connections, it is especially important to walk in the Spirit. This means that we leave off eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We foresake earthly reason and instead begin to live solely by heavenly reveation. We no longer do what seems right in our own eyes but we believe and live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God on a daily basis. When this happens we are freed from the knowledge of good and begin to return to our pre-fallen innocent state before God. As we do this we find that so many areas we thought were forbidden, because the devil has tainted them by sin, are now freely accesable to us as the Spirit leads.
We become love as we yeild to His Spirit
As a conseqence, we begin to love through the Spirit and not through our souls, thus love becomes an expression of His Spirit. Everything we do through His love becomes proper and good. Taking the corruption out of the equation, we find that the “real” things of God far surpase the conterfits of Satan. The fact is that Agape love encompasses far more than we ever thought possible. Freedom in the Spirit means we only do what you are led to do. Most natural minded people think that being Spirit led is restrictive, but the truth is, it isn’t. The Spirit led life encompasses everything in this life and much more; all with complete freedom.
Depending on the depth of our spiritual connection, there can be a little or a lot of physical expression. To the natural man, who is governed by natural minded thinking, having this much liberty can be terrifying. People in the world associate liberty with sin for they know, given such freedom, they would surely choose to do wrong. Conversetly, Spirit led saints associate liberty with holiness and know, given such liberty, they only choose to do God’s will. The startling truth is, Satan’s sin is very restricted and small while God’s goodness is open and broad.
If God does not say anything, don’t worry about it
God is quite able to tell us when He wants us to do something. The Holy Spirit is always specific even if we do not know the next step. Our Father says to us, “Do this, or don’t do this” and doesn’t give nebulous commands we cannot figure out. Therefore, in the absence of God asking us to do or not do a specific thing, stop worrying. Individually, God is laying no other burden upon you right now. Live your life, do good, be open to His voice and allow His joy to fill your heart and soul.