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Devotion Asking For Help Stinks!!!

Discussion in 'General Off Topic' started by gunsinger, Jun 19, 2017.

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  1. gunsinger

    gunsinger Distinguished Poster

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    God opposes the proud,
    but gives grace to the humble—James 4:6

    So, carrying burdens is something for which we are built . . . and something which we are supposed to do, as men. God designed us, built us, intends us—to lend our strength to others, to those who need it. “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). The problem is, most of us read Scripture one way only: that we are to carry burdens for others. Few read it the other way: that we must allow others to carry our burdens too. We don’t really like that reading. That reading causes our pride to rise up.

    Like it or not, though, any one of us can carry only so much. Sure, we can “gut it out” with burdens that are too heavy . . . for a while, at least. Before long, however, they begin to grind us down. Anger, anxiety, burnout, depression and despondency, isolation and loneliness, or rebellion and sin emerge . . . simply because we’re neither designed, nor built, nor intended to carry our burdens alone. “One's pride will bring him low” (Proverbs 29:23).

    Okay, so what do we do?

    Is there something you’re carrying that’s feeling too heavy? The burden of being a provider? Fears about finances . . . about work? The burden of children living up to expectations, in school, in athletics? A hidden sin? A hidden addiction? Another burden, perhaps?

    If so, look around for that person with whom God intends you to share it . . . your friend, your wife. Go to them today. Die to pride. Let them in. Explain the situation and let them respond. Fulfilling the law of Christ also means that we must, sometimes, surrender our pride, surrender the images we have of ourselves, get over ourselves, and ask for help. We are meant to live free and fast and light . . . and together.
     
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  2. Sum Gy Custom Firearms

    Sum Gy Custom Firearms Distinguished Poster

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    AMEN!!! Boy do I need help with this!!!!
     
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  3. TwangBanger

    TwangBanger Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Amen. Often very difficult for MEN to do, but absolutely necessary. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 16:18)
     
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  4. Southern Reloading

    Southern Reloading Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Good work! Glad to see this post gunsinger. God Bless You!
     
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  5. Jeff700

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    Now this is really on point!

    Amen Gunsinger!
     
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  6. wllmkttrll

    wllmkttrll Distinguished Poster

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    That hit home.I have found out that I'm just like my daddy,I bottle it all up.
    Thanks gunsinger.
     
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  7. CajunBP

    CajunBP Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I think that is males in general. We all feel like we have to be in control so we don't let our loved ones down. I think it is interesting that researchers say that married men live longer. On the surface it would it would appear that single men, given the freedom and minimal responsibility we assume they have, should live long stress-free lives. It seems to confirm today's message that we are beasts of burden, but sometimes we have to give it to the Lord or someone else.
     
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  8. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    AMEN!!! I am guilty!!!
     
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  9. doctor duck

    doctor duck Distinguished Poster

    Great advice. Thanks.
     
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  10. patchz

    patchz Court Jester

    AMEN! Though it's not always pride, sometimes it's shame.