Burden bearers come to know Jesus better than those who
do not respond to that call. The more we bear the burden
of others, the more we feel the weight and horror of sin,
and thus the more we sense the price our Lord pays for
our continued existence. Until we begin to experience
suffering for others, we cannot fully appreciate His
eternal gift of redemptive suffering for us.
Brothers, jf someone is caught in a sin, you who are
spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself
or you also may be tempted Carry each other's burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ..
..Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take
pride in himself without comparing himself to somebody
else, for each one should carry his own load
We are all to bear one another's burdens, but some are
especially called by the Lord to do so. This lesson
discusses the gift of burden bearing, and explores the
character and experience of the burden-bearing
personality, including the wounding that occurs when the
gift is misunderstood or misappropriated.
"A new law I give you: Love one another. As I Have
loved you, so you must love one another" John 13:34
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved
you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down
his life for his friends." John 15:12,13 NAS
Jesus bore our pain and intercedes for us.
Surely our grief he himself bore, and our sorrows He
carried... Isaiah 53:4 NAS
Hence, also He is able to save forever those who draw
near to God through Him, since He always lives to make
intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25NAS
participation with Him
Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with
Burden bearing is a part of intercession
Intercession is a unique form of prayer. Every other
prayer may begin with man: petition, thanksgiving, etc.
Intercession begins in the heart of God, who sees what is
needed and prompts people to pray and invite God to act.
God needs man' ~ prayer to make things happen on this
earth. Intercession is necessary because of free will.
God needs to be invited to act.
bearing is the work of the Lord
The Lord sees when someone's trauma binders the ability
to think clearly and to pray. Jesus then wants to draw
enough of his pain through you to His cross to restore
free will, rationality and prayer.
The Lord will call upon the burden bearer to come along
side and help the wounded one by helping to carry some of
that burden, but only as far as the cross The PDM is to
give it to Jesus. "For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light"
We are used by the Lord to help lighten the load enough
for the client to be able to
receive from God. "For each one should carry his own
load" Galatians 6:5 Burden bearing is light when the
Lord does it in us, and we only share in what He is
Burden bearing is not something that we
It is accomplished through the Holy Spirit working in us.
It is not man taking Jesus place, nor doing His job,
rather, we are offering our bodies as "living
sacrifices," to allow Jesus to draw the hurt of
others through us to Himself. .Romans 12:1
bearing becomes heavy and harmful when WE do it
Burden bearing is a gift, given at conception, and like
the gifts of music, art etc., we have it naturally,
before we know the Lord. The spirit leaps to burden
bearing on its own. However, without the Lord, His
understanding, and instruction, natural burden bearers
can find life to be sad and heavy. Their own gift
destroys their joy for life.
"My people perish for a tack of knowledge.
"Hosea 4:6 NAS
Our flesh can get in the way of our
We live in a defiled world. Sin sent shock waves
throughout the world .Romans 5:12. What one person does
affects others, as when Achan sinned arid the Israelites
Joshua 7; Genesis 26:10
Some respond to this defilement like the Pharisees, who
shun "sinners," stuck in the Old
Testament concept that they are responsible for their own
sins. Jesus says that we are all
affected by the sins of the body.
We are all responsible for one another's sin
The burden bearing personality
Some are called specifically to be burden bearers, and
given this gift from conception. The sensitivity that
predisposes them to the gift also leads them to be too
involved, bearing burdens in their flesh. They
automatically leap to carry burdens, even before they
know the Lord.
Wounding occurs when the gift is not properly developed
and disciplined. When the burdens are carried without the
Holy Spirit the burden bearer will collapse under the
weight of every body's troubles.
Matthew 11: 29-30 NIV
personality of a Burden Bearer
They easily sense what others feel.
They are unusually empathetic.
They are usually highly creative.
They are sensitive to environments and places.
They occasionally know what a friend is feeling
across a space of miles.
gifts can become temptations
Some non-Christians are tempted to develop psychic gifts
Some Christians are tempted to make idols of
Our gifts must become our "Isaac." We must be
willing to place them on the altar and die to them. The
Lord will give them back to us refined and purified.
History of a burden-bearer
This would be the typical, but not the definitive
burden-bearer. Because of sensitivity in the womb, they
sense defilement in the world, and sometimes resist or
They have suppressed their emotions, as well as those
they pick up from others; thus,
they haven't learned to distinguish one from the other.
are often the family's emotional outlet
picked on, or undercut
The black sheep
The weird ones
The ones to be concerned about
The ones who are not quite "with it"
Often they have a deep distrust of God
To the extent the child in us has not trusted God with
our own wounds, we will not trust God with the wounds of
and will try to become their savior.
By the teenage years or soon after, the burden-bearing
personality may begin to exhibit the following behavior:
The inability to deal appropriately with anger, resulting
Complaints of chest pressure
Minute criticism, usually in the guise of concern for
Unexplained mood swings
to deal with anger can lead to psychological dysfunction.
Inappropriate burden bearing can worsen the following
conditions: compulsive behaviors, addictions, fears and
Easily drawn into dysfunctional relationships
___Can be rescuers and enablers
Often blame themselves for others' shortcomings
___Peacemakers at any cost to the point of giving up
their own rights/ needs Often misunderstood
___Lean toward dependent relationships
At worst, they tend to live a hermit's existence
Often shy and tender, but if they are driven and
dominant, their sensitivity will give them an advantage
in areas of manipulation, shrikism, plus rigid
domination, which would include rules, regulations, and
schedules. They will keep a tight rein on the
emotions of those around them.
The wounded burden bearer often resists healing. They
feel they have no right to take up God's time with their
problems when so many others are hurting. They tend to be
obsessed with the
question of why God allows suffering. T
hey hate hypocrisy and they tend to lack
a sense of identity.
to wounded burden bearers Recognition /teaching
Help them to distinguish between their hurts and the
hurts of others.
Help them to understand why some burdens seem heavier
than others (they carry the emotional weight of earlier
Teach that repressing emotions creates festering wounds
childhood hurts need to be dealt with.
Intercession training: They are neither to carry burdens
God hasn't given them, nor to carry them longer then God
Accountability: help them to distinguish between their
own and others' responsibility.
Bring the gift of burden bearing to death on the cross.
God will give it back with the Holy Spirit operating it.
Release the burden bearer from any guilt
that is not his/her own.
Pray to discern whose burdens are being carried, and
bring them to death on the cross.
Pray protection from false burdens.
Pray to lift away any residual burdens from childhood
(burdens of mother, father, etc.)
Pray for the unscrambling and harmony of spirit, mind and
emotions, so that while burdens are carried, there is
some part at rest.
disciplines and lifestyle changes
"Depressurize" by telling God about everything.
Jeremiah 20:7, 10-12
Enjoy a balance of activities; vent energies
through exercise, and play.
Die to self-importance, the need to be needed,
Practice daily spiritual hygiene.
Continue to pray for the proper separation of The
functions of the soul and spirit so no part is
Don't allow feelings to be in control, pray, and get on
Join a prayer group, in which intercession is shared,
along with balance and wisdom
Learn to pray in the spirit to release burdens.
Develop hobbies, which refresh the spirit.
Don't neglect the Sabbath and Rest!
Recommended reading Healing the Wounded Spirit; chapter
Blessing of Burden Bearing
If soul and spirit are properly settled into separate
functions, then our Lord can lay a burden into our spirit
and we are not torn up everywhere all at once. Our own
emotions and thoughts remain undisturbed, and we maintain
sufficient detachment to identify, pray and remain in
balance. Our hearts and minds may grapple with a problem,
but our spirit, aligned with God, is at peace.
On him we have set our hope that He will continue to
deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many
will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor
granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
II Corinthians 1: 1 0-11.
While not all of us are "burden-bearing
personalities," burden bearing is still the first
calling and primary labor of every Christian, and key
service through which we may come into the fullness of
relationship with God. This lesson focuses on the joy we
can receive through the gift of burden bearing and
Burden bearing can be a struggle
Burden bearing can sometimes be tiring.
It can sometimes be painful as we actually carry the pain
of another as our own.
Lamentations 1:20; 2:11
But it doesn't have to be a dark cloud. The Lord has ways
to keep burden bearing from becoming a burden.
Burden bearing is not a burden when we learn to let go of
false comforts and spiritual pride.
Unhealed, we don't trust God to carry burdens; we believe
we must do so, for ourselves and everyone else.
This distrust leads to spiritual pride. "I have to
bear this because no one else is able."
blessed burden bearer trusts God to do it all.
Blessed burden bearing takes only that load which is our
own. The only Load that we carry is what is given to us
by the Lord and we only carry it as far as the cross.
The blessed burden-bearer stands and waits on God,
helpless without His direction Isaiah 42:18-20.
Healed, our spirit, mind and heart are able to carry
burdens separate from one another; thus, we are able to
function freely and with out heaviness.
Healed we take burdens to the cross, and become
instruments for God's comfort to be expressed through us
to the person for whom we intercede. When we experience
God's comfort, the pain takes on a rich sweetness. TI
It causes scripture to come alive in our hearts. Romans
8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 12:1
It leads us to a personal relationship with the Father,
and the privilege of living with God. John 1 4:21,23
Who can grasp the love "together with all the
saints" better than a BLESSED BURDEN-BEARER?
Recommended reading for this lesson... Healing the
Wounded Spirit Chapters 9, 14
Genesis 20~18 for the Lord had closed tip every womb in
Abimelech's household because of Abraham's wife Sarah.
Genesis 26:10 - Then Abimelech said, "What is this
you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept
with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.
Joshua 7- Achan's unfaithfulness affects all of Israel
Psalm 58:3-Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the
womb they are wayward and speak lies.
Isaiah 42:19 NAS - Who is blind but my servant,/ Or so
deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Isaiah 48:8 - You have neither heard nor understood; I
from of old your ear has not been open./ Well do I know
how treacherous you are;! you were called a rebel from
Jeremiah 20:7ff - Jeremiah's complaint
O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived;! you
overpowered me and prevailed.! I am ridiculed all day
long;! everyone mocks me.! Whenever I speak, Layout!
proclaiming violence and destruction.! So the word of the
Lord has brought me! insult and reproach all day long.!
But if I say, "1 will not mention him! or speak
anymore inks name," this word is in my heart like a
fire, a fire shut up in my bones.! I am weary of holding
it in;! indeed, I cannot,! I hear many
whispering,!"Terror on every side!! Report him!
Let's report him!"! All my friends! are waiting for
me to slip, saying,,/"Perhaps he will be deceived;!
then we will prevail over him! and take our revenge on
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;! so
my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.! They will
fail and be thoroughly disgraced;! their dishonor will
never be forgotten! 0 Lord Almighty, you who examine the
righteous! and probe the heart and mind,! let me see your
vengeance upon tern,! for to you I have committed my
cause. !Sing to the Lord!! Give praises to the Lord!! He
rescues the life of the needy! from the hands of the
Cursed be the day I was born!! May the day my mother bore
me not be blessed!! Cursed be the man who brought my
father the news,! who made him very glad, saying,/"A
child is born to you a son"'! May that man be like
the towns! The Lord over threw without pity.! May he hear
wailing in the morning,! a battle cry at noon.! For he
did not kill me in the womb,! with my mother as my
grave,! her womb enlarged forever-! Why did I ever come
out of the womb! to see trouble and sorrow! and to end my
days in shame?
Matthew 11:29-30 - ".. .Take my yoke upon you and.
learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light."
Luke l: 4l-When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby
leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the
John 13:34 - "A new command I give you: Love one
another. As I have loved you, so you must love one
John 14:21-23 - "Whoever has my commands and obeys
them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be
loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show
myself to him."
Judas [not Judas Iscariot] said, "But, Lord, why do
you intend to show yourself to us and not to the
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my
teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to
him and make our home with him."
John 15~2 - "He cuts off every branch in me that
bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit he
trims clean so that it will
be even more fruitful."
John 20:21-23 - Again Jesus said, 'Peace be with you~ As
the Father has sent me, lam sending you." And with
that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy
Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are
forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not
Romans 5:12 - Therefore, just as sin entered the world
through one man, and death through sin, and in this way
death came to all men, because all sinned...
Romans 8:17 - Now if we are children, then we are heirs:
heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share
in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his
Romans 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of
God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God-which is your spiritual act of
Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn
with those who mourn.
I Corinthians 12:26 - If one part suffers, every part
suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part
rejoices with it.
II Corinthians 5:15-17 - And he died for all, that those
who live should no longer live for themselves but for him
who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we
no one from a worldly point of view.
Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no
longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
the old has gone, the new has come
Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this
way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Philippians 3:10 - I want to know Christ and the power of
his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his
sufferings, becoming like him in this death, and so,
somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Hebrews 4:9-11 - There remains, then, a Sabbath -rest for
the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also
rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let
us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so
that no one will fall by following their example of
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than
any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing
soul and spirit.
Hebrews 7:25 - Therefore he is able to save completely
those who come to God through him, because he always
lives to intercede for them.
I Peter 4:13 - But rejoice that you participate in the
sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when
his glory is revealed.
I Peter 5:10 - And the God of all grace, who called you
to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a
little while, will himself restore you and make you
strong, firm and steadfast.
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