Confidentiality for Pastors - A New Pathway to Spiritual Equilibrium

The
 Burden
 of
 the
 Blessing




Matthew 11:28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Luke 24:25-26
And he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things,  and to enter into his glory?

Luke 24:44-47
Then he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
To be blessed is to be anointed by God for the fulfillment of his purpose in your life. But before he lays his anointing on you he takes you through the fires of adversity and persecution to burn away all the desires of the flesh. Consequently, the spirit becomes the dominant force working out your purpose, the reason God gave you the gift of life. 

The obstacle course of purpose is daunting at times, but certainly not impossible because God gives us what we need in order to make it through the darkness of unknowing into the light of all that is holy, all that is wonderful, and all that is wrapped up within the framework of the created purpose of God hidden within us.

As we walk through the fires of adversity, all may not be apparent, but there is an inner knowing that we are walking towards a goal, a divine destiny directly in front of us, and all we have to do is follow Jesus along the indistinct route that leads to our obscure purpose. 

As time passes obscurity fades away in the reality of the new world we find ourselves standing in, wondering how it all came about; moment by moment, day by day, month by month and year by year, all things working together for our good until finally we look around us and nothing is as it was.
God only asks two things of us, obedience to his word and faith in him that he is able to transform our lives into pure purpose. We may do many things on the route to our purpose, but they are only stepping stones to get us to the cross of purpose. 

Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and opened blind eyes, among a multitude of miracles, but his divine purpose was to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Had he not done so his life would have been in vain because he came to bring about an everlasting change within the souls of humanity, the forgiveness of sin through the shedding of his blood via crucifixion, and the impartation of the Holy Ghost in us, a comforter to keep us during trying times, to sustain us in the wilderness of our affliction.

When God births purpose in our souls it is not so heavy that we cannot bear it, but because we are obeying the will of God for our lives, he anoints us to carry the weight of purpose to the end of our finite journey in time.

If we fail to fulfill our purpose then our lives become meaningless, and we are cast aside as unprofitable servants, good for nothing but the dung heap where the wicked reside. But if we fulfill our purpose we have gained the gift of eternal life in the presence of the Lord God. We are then the true body of the Christ.
The burden of the blessing weighs us down at times until we are bent over with the heaviness of it, dragging from day to day, trying to get through the maze of hell relatively unscathed, to arrive at the feet of Jesus and lay our burden down. 

The burden of the blessing is so heavy because we are not fully aware of what it is that we are carrying. Jesus was carrying the weight of the sin of whole world on his shoulders. "And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44).

If we walk in our purpose we will, no doubt, experience Gethsemane moments of anguish and despair, but if we allow our flesh to be crucified on the cross of great affliction we will arrive on the other side of our sufferings into an eternal kind of existence where we will be able to say, "God has baptized me in my purpose because I am doing what he created me to do."

When we arrive at the height of our purpose, and we are standing in the middle of our dreams, then know at that point the world will be changed for the better because we obeyed God all the way up the ladder of pain and suffering, we transcended our Gethsemane moments and reached the apex of our purpose.

Many people don't reach the apex of their purpose because they stumble into sin and never fully recover. They are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary in order to fulfill God's purpose in their lives. Purpose can only come from God and the fulfillment of purpose will always require great sacrifice.

That is why we have a church full of backslidden people preying on the saints of God because they balked at their pain and suffering, and was unwilling to carry the cross of their affliction through to the other side of the Garden of Gethsemane. 

Consequently, they have opted out of purpose and adorned themselves with Satan's deviant mantle woven together with witchcraft, sin and perversion; like birds of prey, vultures feasting off the people of God like they were at a smorgasbord filling their plates to overflowing, seemingly unaware of the fact that the food they are dining on is as poison to them, and will eventually destroy them from within. "Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord" (Psalm 14:4).

The choice all of humanity faces every day will always be God or Satan, good or evil, heaven or hell!
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