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Summary: Some burdens are meant to be SHARED, some burdens are meant to be SHOULDERED, and some burdens are meant to be SHED. Link included to formatted text version, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.

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When it’s more than you can bear and you don’t think you can take another step, you can lay it on Jesus.

For some reason sometimes, we feel like we can make it ourselves. But there are times when we need to let go and let God!

[use small boy for illustration…lay a burden on his back and have him try to climb the steps to the platform…not able to make it under the load]

One of these two things will happen when we cast our burden on the Lord:

•The Lord will lift the burden

I’ve seen people have a health need, and they pray, and it goes away.

Financial need…and God provides the money. It’s always great when that’s how it happens. But that’s not always how God works…

Look again at Ps. 55:22 which says, “and He shall sustain it” ??? No, “He shall sustain thee.”

Sometimes the Lord doesn’t lift the burden…sometimes...

•The Lord will lift you [pick up boy carrying the burden on his his burden is being carried, but by someone else!] [now you know why I used a small guy for this illustration!]

The Apostle Paul is an example of this. 3 times He asked God to lift a burden he was carrying. We preach about it and say that God’s answer was “no”, but I’ll give you grace. But really, 3 times God said yes…I’ll lift that burden, and you too!

Some of you are getting bitter toward God because you’ve asked Him to lift your burden and it doesn’t seem that He has…but please realize it may be His will to lift you up, and carry you and that burden through it all. But when we throw a perpetual pity party we don’t allow Him to carry us or the burden either!

“He shall sustain THEE!”

ill.—man walking down road w/ big sack of potatoes on his shoulder / so heavy, sweat on his brow / somebody pulled up in a pickup truck and offered him a ride / climbed in, but kept sack on his shoulder / after a while the driver looked over and said, “man, put that sack in the floor and relax” / he replied, “no sir, I’ll not do it…it’s enough that you’d carry me to town, I’m not gonna ask you to carry these taters!”

And that’s just what we do to the Lord sometimes. Some of you today are carrying a burden the Lord never intended you to carry…but you seem to insist!

“I must tell Jesus, all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone

in my distress He kindly will help me,

He ever loves and cares for His own.” [then chorus]

Come to the altar today and cast your burden on the Lord [symbolically leave it there], and also ask Him what He’d have you shoulder/share.


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Byron Martin

commented on Sep 30, 2006

Beautiful sermon. I am looking for a sermon to my congregation which is mostly made up of men in alcohol and drug addiction. This will help me speak to them about the guilt they carry but first it has blessed me. Thank you.

Joey Dela Paz

commented on Oct 28, 2006

This is a sermon every one can relate to. It has been a blessing to me personally.

Robby Coggins

commented on Dec 8, 2006

Thanks once again Pastor Shirley

Tofu Asaeli

commented on Aug 12, 2007

You've helped me immensely with this sermon. Mahalo.

John Martinez

commented on Aug 26, 2007

thank you pastor! no one can really undertand but the one who really experience it

David Stanard

commented on Apr 15, 2008

This sermon can be used in many different settings. I found it of great use. Thank you pastor for this sermon.

Gordon A Ward Jr

commented on Aug 6, 2013

Very well put and makes it easier for many others to present in thier own way yet cover all the issues,as all cngregations if you will have these issues and must be reminded of. Thank you

Anthony Griffith

commented on Jun 30, 2015

Highly recommended

Nche Takoh

commented on Sep 17, 2015

A great peace of work.

Adonis Abao Babia

commented on Oct 13, 2015

Praise be to God! Thank you Pastor Jerry for sharing what God has given to you. God bless you.

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Tony Xu

commented on Sep 10, 2016

Love this sermon, wonderful, love it.

Pastor A Pratapsingh

commented on Oct 29, 2016

Thanks for sharing this message here. I am personally and greatly encouraged with this message.

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