Overburdened? Stressed?: Share the load

Exodus 18:17-18 (NIV)

Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 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.

Are you a workaholic? Do you struggle to say “no”?
Or are you afraid that if you ask someone to help, they won’t do it to your standard?
Or do you thrive off of the praise and encouragement of people whilst you are burning yourself to the ground?

If this is you, it’s time to stop trying to do everything on your own. Jethro warns Moses of the problem he could foresee and quite evidently Moses was becoming overburdened. He was coming out of God’s will by doing too much; stuff that God didn’t even want him doing in the first place. So consequently he was wearing himself out.

What a great message to all of us. If your work is burning you out then perhaps this advice is also for you.

The vision is huge and how can God expect us to physically be able to do it all on our own? The fact is, He doesn’t.

Sometimes He will reveal a big picture of what it looks like and in our pride we assume responsibility for far more than is required of us.

We need to pray and trust God to bring people to help us, as well as getting behind the visions of others.

As we work together to build, we will not only develop relationships, but others will be fulfilled in their gifting also.

You may be robbing someone else of a blessing that they have an opportunity to invest time into. By activating them, could even set them free from depression and make them come alive and shine.

Sometimes God may change our role but we are still trying to do the tasks we were doing before. So one thing is added onto another and nothing gets done effectively.

Let’s take the advice from Jethro, begin to set boundaries, and learn to say “no” if it’s not His will for us. Delegate when required, learn how to oversee, and do our part by coming under the vision of those leading us.

Guilt and shame be gone!

Psalm 32:3-5 HCSB

When I kept silent, my bones became brittle
from my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was drained
as in the summer’s heat Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to You
and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said,
“I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

Do you know the feeling of keeping silent before God when you store up sin in your heart? There is a painful distance between us and God that can only be restored through repentance.

You might be feeling distant from God if there is something that you haven’t brought before Him. There will usually be feelings of heaviness until it is released.

You cannot hide anything from Him. See what happens in this psalm as the sin is confessed and renounced? There is no longer guilt for this sin! Oh, it is so simple.

All we need to do is release it to God by asking for His forgiveness. Freedom will come to us because Jesus has paid for it.

Too often we try to move forward by ignoring it, carrying guilt and shame around with us, hoping it will disappear. If you feel a heaviness or distant from God, ask Him to search your heart and clean it out by bringing these hidden faults to the surface. Then it is as simple as quickly coming before the Lord in prayer with it. This way you will walk in complete relationship with Him, having a clear conscience and remaining so close to Him as to hear His heartbeat for you.

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Prov 28:13 (NIV)

God will loosen your tongue

Ezekiel 3:27

But when I give you a message, I will loosen your tongue and let you speak. Then you will say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Those who choose to listen will listen, but those who refuse will refuse, for they are rebels.

Have you been shut down and unable to speak out what you believe or what God has been showing you? You try to speak out but there is a blockage to your words?

Or maybe your tongue has been bound up due to fear of what others may say or think as Moses was when God asked him to go before Pharaoh.

God is loosening tongues and you will speak the words He has put in your heart. Time for boldness and truth.

Ezekiel was called to bring a message from God to a rebellious group but that didn’t stop him.

As you open your mouth in obedience to Him, the words will come forth from the Lord with clarity and revelation for His people. Speak, speak it out!

Your promise will come back to you!

Is this not the coolest story in the bible? It’s just so amazing to see what God will do with something so precious to our heart when we trust Him…

Exodus 2:1-9 NLT

About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.

Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.

Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
“Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.

What is it that God has promised you? For this Hebrew woman it was her special baby. She laid down her beautiful boy, only to have him back again in the most divine of circumstances.

How creative is our God when working this one out?! The promise did not die when she gave it to God, in fact he was handed straight back into her arms.

You will also be required to lay down your promise to show God it is not an idol and not elevated above Him. Lay it down amongst the reeds. Lay it at the foot of the cross. Give it over to God and say, “even though it is so precious to me, I have carried it and nurtured it, it came from You, so I will be obedient to You, believing that You will give it back to me as You desire.”

AMAZING! The promise returned to her with an even greater blessing: She was paid to look after her own child! Not only does God plan to give you back your promise, but He intends to bless you abundantly through it. You will overflow and be better off than before!

So hand it over, watch it be raised up, and wait for the promise and supernatural blessings to follow.

On the other side of the fence

Micah 2:12-13 NIV

‘I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a sheepfold,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head.’

Do you feel like you are on the other side of the fence? Like there is a barrier between where you are and where you need to be?

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You may know very clearly what God has promised you: that ideal job, the restoration of your family, a passport to come through or whatever that dream is you are contending for. It’s a frustrating place when you can see greener pastures that are so close but unattainable right at this moment.

“If only they would remember me, if only I had the finances”, you say to yourself. You poke your head through the wire trying to reach the unreachable strands of grass just to get a taste of your promised land.

Don’t despair. Hold fast because Jesus is busting down that gate. The gate of restriction and confinement is coming down. But it will not be by your own efforts. No, the scripture says the Lord goes through before you.

The One that has the strength to get you to the next phase is working it all out. He is strong. He is able.

At just the right moment that barrier that is separating you from your victory is being broken down by the Mighty hand of God. Keep praying, keep believing!

New grounds for believing

John 11:14-15 MSG

Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”

Jesus had a plan that was even much more profound and glorious than a miraculous healing. This is why He says He was glad He didn’t come earlier to heal Lazarus.

Everyone had seen Jesus healing before, but if that wasn’t enough, here we see that He wanted to do something new. Jesus desired to give them completely new grounds for believing in Him!

Although it’s better to believe without having seen, God actually wants to do something in your life that is more amazing than what He has already done!

This is very exciting because you have already experienced His goodness and faithfulness, giving confidence to your faith up until this point. Now however, you can expect new grounds on which to believe in Him. He wants to do something different, leaving you astounded and bewildered.

Expect your faith to be lifted as you see a whole new reason to believe in Him! If you ever doubted God’s love and goodness then His next move will melt you!

Are you ready to launch?

Mark 6:1-3 NASB

Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him.

In an instant Jesus went from a place of obscurity to then being thrust into the spotlight for the world to hear His message because this was His time.

Where did He come from? The suddenness of His acceleration had people astonished and put out, leaving them in disbelief and subsequently denying His power.

His wisdom and the miracles that were in His hands were so profound that the religious locals rejected Him and never experienced His salvation. But what God had been brewing on the inside of Him, was being developed long before He was commissioned. It was a process that began in His Father’s house even at twelve years of age.

Likewise, God has been cultivating the wisdom and gifting in you, to equip you for the place of influence that is unfolding before you.

While you have simply been going about your business and spending time in your Father’s house, the Carpenter has been building inside of you all that is required for the coming season of favour and significance.

So just watch as your obscurity is unveiled, launching you into the fullness of your calling. Now is your time!

Stand your post

Isaiah 21:6-8 MSG

The Master told me, “Go, post a lookout. Have him report whatever he spots. When he sees horses and wagons in battle formation, lines of donkeys and columns of camels, Tell him to keep his ear to the ground, note every whisper, every rumor.” Just then, the lookout shouted, “I’m at my post, Master, Sticking to my post day after day and all through the night! Read full text here

We have been given a very important assignment to be a watchman at the lookout and stand by our post.

The watchman would see the enemy coming in the distance and sound an alarm. God wants to reveal to us the plans and strategies that the enemy is plotting to warn us ahead of time.

But in order to receive these warnings we must be sticking to our post and that is to commit to prayer and to contend on behalf of the Lord.

This is the hour when we, as night watchmen, are critically vital.

You might have been sticking to your post and praying night after night to see things shift in your life. Don’t give up. Keep contending for your miracle.

The scripture says that “morning is coming”. That is Jesus our bright and Morning Star! Can you see Him on the horizon coming to answer your prayer?

You may not know how long this darkness of night will last but you can be sure of is: He is on the way. So stick to your post day after day and all through the night keeping watch, alert to the strategies of the enemy and your morning will arrive! 

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)

What is your wall?

Nehemiah 1:3-4 NIV

They said to me, ‘Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah was so convicted when he heard the terrible news about the city wall that he was overwhelmed with passion for the people and set about changing the situation.

What was on God’s heart became His number one objective. His life up to this point had been a preparation for the great work he was about to undergo.

He had been set up by God for this very time. He was strategically and divinely placed in a position where he had access to great power and influence with the king as his cupbearer.

So he prays: ‘Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of this man.’ V11

What is the project that is burning within your heart; the thing you are most passionate about? What makes you fall to your knees in desperation to see the hand of God move upon? It may be a counsel project, a law being approved, founding an organisation, or even building something.

Others might have said it’s impossible, but you know in your heart that it WILL succeed with His help and direction. This is your great commission, your mandate. God is calling you to repair this problem that lies in front of you and in doing so, show off the power and glory of God.

Start seeking Him for the fundamental people, provision and strategy to get this project underway.

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