Open Heaven 19 October 2019 Devotional – Burden Bearer, written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
TODAY’S TOPIC: BURDEN BEARER
MEMORISE: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” – (Isaiah 53:4)
READ: Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
MESSAGE: Open Heaven 19 October 2019 Devotional
A burden is a heavy load that attaches itself to a person, whether the person likes it or not. Such a load accompanies its bearer wherever he or she goes, and cannot be freely given up, because any load picked up willingly can also be relinquished by choice.
Naaman was a man who knew what it feels like to have a burden in one’s life (2 Kings 5). Although he was famous, successful and prosperous, he was a leper, and there was nothing he could do about it. All his possessions and achievement could not relieve him of the burden of leprosy he was carrying all around. Do you have a burden in your life like Naaman? Perhaps it is a problem that is not even of your own making and you have no solution for it. I have good news for you today: there is a person called the Burden Bearer and He is available to take all your burdens away from you. I therefore rejoice with you today because there is no burden too heavy for Him to bear.
To access the help of the Burden Bearer, you first need to admit that you have a burden. In Revelation 3:17, the Lord mentioned how some people thought everything was okay with them but in reality they were blind and naked. You have to acknowledge your problem before you can be helped. Also, you must be willing to be helped. Jesus Christ asked the man who had been sick for 38 years if he was willing to be made whole (John 5:6).
Furthermore, if you want your burden to be lifted, you have to cry to the burden bearer for help. Mark 10:46-52 tells of how Bartimaeus cried for Jesus’ help. He kept on crying till Jesus answered. Some people are too proud to ask for help; they just want to do everything themselves. If God help such people, they might describe the glory of what He did to their own efforts. You must be willing to pay the price of persisting in the place of prayer till your burden is lifted.
- Today: Open Heaven 19 October 2019 Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Lastly, Mark 10:52 tells us that after Jesus took away the burden of Bartimaeus, he followed Jesus in the way. From his example, we understand that after the Burden Bearer has taken away our burdens, we must abide with Him. Many of us come to Jesus when we have a problem, but as soon as the problem is solved, we stop being committed to Him. It is laughable when mere mortals think they can outsmart God. When Jesus takes your burden away, please remain in Him and it will always be well with you.
ACTION POINT: Cry to the Burden Bearer today about any burden in your life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 17-18, Revelation 14:1-13
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