Summary of the Sermon by Pastor K Steven, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 25 March 2018.
How to Handle Our Burdens
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Until we come to God we can’t find rest. Many times we go all over the places except to God. Everyone else is limited. Only God is not limited. Sometimes we feel so burdensome that we cannot bear much fruit in Christ. Today we are going to learn together how to handle our burdens.
1. Take our burdens to the Right Place
- Worrying won’t help us. (Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6) When we are weary and burdened, come to God. Don’t let the worry of yesterday and tomorrow, affect our today. Isaiah 43:18, “do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old”. When God has promised us something, we need to have the courage to trust Him.
- Friends won’t help us. In Job’s case they were “physicians of no value” (Job 13:4).
- Fleeing won’t help us. We can never run away from the problems and trials of life. The Bible says “be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). What is impossible for men is possible for God. Believe in God.
- Fighting wont’ help us. Many live in denial and fight what they are called to face.
- The best – Father God will and can help us. Note the invitation “Come”. Let there be humility and kindness in our hearts to reach out to God. He is our Father and Shepherd (Psalm 23) – Come to Him for He is loving and caring Shepherd.
2. Transfer our Burdens to the Right Person
- There is one who cares about our situation - God! The Bible tells us that In 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” God will never fail us. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our God is a God of restoration. Just believe. There are times when we need to take a step of faith before we receive the answer. Prayer is the ultimate key for Christians. Reasons our prayers are not answered:
o Iniquity - if we keep iniquity in us, God can’t answer our prayers (Psalm 66:18).
o Unforgiveness - when we fail to forgive, our prayers will not be heard.
o Doubt – do not doubt when we pray.
- There is one who can do something about our situation and that is God. He not only knows what we face, but can change what we face and how we face it.
3. Trust our Burdens to the Right Provisions
- Sometimes God will remove our burdens when it too heavy for us. He knows our limits.
- Sometimes God will lighten our burdens and allow us to experience it so that we become stronger. Without trials, we may be weak.
- Sometimes God will grant us grace in our burden, so that we may continue to place our trust in Him.
- Sometimes God allows us to go through a situation or trial because that will change us and transform our lives and our character. Throughout Christian history, for everyone who stood with God, God stayed faithful to them.
The Lord is inviting us, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. What are our burdens this day? Why don’t we just bring it to Him in prayer? There is nothing too big or great for God. Take time to seek God today.