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Why Are You Carrying Around The Weight Of The World?

 
 
People sometimes carry around a lot of burdens.  We worry about our kids, fret about our marriage, stress about our bills, living about a myriad of other concerns of this life.  In addition, Christians worry about their walk with Jesus, their sin, or 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.”

Revelation 2:24

Essentially, Jesus did have some things that he wanted the people of Thyatira to watch out for, but besides that, he did not have any other issues with them. When people are stressed and working to their limit, it is not wise to over burden them.  Jesus knows this and 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?”

Luke 12:24-26

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 forsake earthly reason and instead begin to live solely by heavenly revelation.  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. When this happens we are freed from the knowledge of good and begin to return to our pre-fallen innocence before God.  As we do this we find that so many areas we thought were forbidden, because the devil tainted them by sin, are now freely accessable to us as the Spirit leads.

 

We become love as we yield to His Spirit

 

As a consequence, 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 better the counterfeits of Satan.  The fact is that Agape love encompasses much more than we ever thought possible.  Freedom in the Spirit means we only do what we are lead 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 a great deal 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, such liberty can is terrifying.  People in the world associate liberty with sin for they assume, given such freedom, they would surely choose to do wrong.  conversely, 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 restrictive 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.

God bless,

Michael

 
 

 

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