A lady at church Wednesday (Jennifer, she’s awesome) gave this great delivery of the word and I think it’s too good not to share. This take a little audience participation so you’ll have to work with me here. Imagine I give you a piece of paper or two to write down what is currently getting you down. What dwells in your mind or heart, what is bothering you, stressing you, depressing you? These things take up a lot of your time, you dwell on them every day. Take a minute and think about it.
Got one or two? Good. Now hand me your piece of paper. Now I have a stack of papers that people need help with. Can you give me your paper? No, you already gave it to me and you don’t have it anymore. Now you can still walk around with your fist clenched like you’re holding it, but you don’t have it any longer. This is what you do when you give your problems to the Lord. He can fix them, but you have to give them to Him. Once you give them to Him, you’re free. You don’t have to walk around with that burden, you don’t have to let it hinder your life any longer. Now a lot of people do, and they let it stop them from doing things that could potentially better their situation. All because they’re walking around thinking they’re carrying this burden that isn’t even there. The only way you have it to carry again is if you take it back from God.
Imagine I have a stack of problems and I’m going through and fixing them. If you come up and take yours out of the stack before I get to fixing it, then it’s yours to carry again and I can’t fix it because I don’t have it. Once you give your problems to the Lord, let him take care of it for you. Don’t take it back, you can’t handle it better than He can. If you could, it wouldn’t be a burden on you. He is faithful, give it to him and trust in him. Once you do this, and really give it to Him and stop being prideful and thinking you can handle it better or faster than He can, you’ll feel His peace because you no longer carry that burden. Let Him fight your battles for you, he is all powerful.
Once you let go of your burdens, you’re free to go out and be His hands and feet. You’ll be renewed and able to go out and spread the word of the kingdom. Nowhere in the bible does it say that God only gives you what you can handle. It does say that you can look to Him when you are in need. God isn’t the one giving your problems and burdens, that’s the work of the enemy trying to bring you down. If you give them to God, the enemy will never win with you. That fight has already been won.
I challenge you to do this exercise. Think about what is burdening you, give it to the Lord and pray.