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You Canít Handle It All

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Sermon shared by Kelly Benton

September 2011
Summary: Share that many of us are going much faster and doing far more than Christ would have us do. We need to slow down!
Denomination: Christian Church
Audience: General adults
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I can handle it all.Ē You werenít designed to handle it all. God often gives us things to share with others.

1.Look at the story of Moses. In Exodus 18, starting in verse 17, when he was overwhelmed, his father-in-law gave him some good advice and said, 17 Mosesí father-in-law replied, ďWhat you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.

2.The thing I really am impressed about Moses in this story is how he responded.

3.We read in verse 24: Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.

4.It really is hard for most of us to take criticism isnít it. Maybe it is our prideful flesh or we are just instinctively controlling Moses gives us an awdesome example of how to receive criticism. It doesnít say he argued or even pondered about it. It says He did it. And the criticism came from an in-law too!! . I am for one horrible when it comes to taking criticism from family members.

5.Besides taking criticism, we need to learn how to delegate all that we have going on.

6. For many of you, what you are doing is not good. What people consider normal today is not good. Youíre only going to wear yourselves out. You canít handle it alone. Now, chances are, the problem with many of you is much like me. Iím totally willing to help others, but I donít know how to receive from others. I rarely ask for help.

7. Many of you, you are carrying the burdens on your own and youíre not sharing with anyone. ďI can handle it. I can handle it.Ē No, you canít handle it all. You werenít designed to.

8.Do you want to fulfill the law of Christ? If so, here is what scripture says. Galatians 6:2 ďCarry each otherís burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Ē

9.We may be able to share our load and delegate some things out but we must also understand thatÖ.


II. Some things need to be stopped.

A.Could it be that you are doing way too much?

1.Think for a moment, if you will, and ask yourself, ďHow would you fill in this blank?Ē If only I had more time, I would Ö _____.

2.I donít know what it would be for you. ďIf only I had more time, I would spend time with my children. If only I had more time, I would serve in the church. If only I had more time, I would go and help teach or coach some kids so I could pour into their life. If only I had more time ÖĒ I donít know what it would be for you, but there may be some value that God has put in your heart that youíre not doing because you donít have enough time.

3.And I am going to tell you right now, that is a cop out, because you do have time. You are choosing to put other things in that time. You are choosing what is lesser rather than what is better. You make the choice. You, have time for what you choose to have time for. You do.

4. The challenge is: so many of us are doing what is expected out of a very sick culture,
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