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Faith to Not Carry a Heavy Burden – Episode #734

December 26, 2020

Faith to Not Carry a Heavy Burden
Episode #734
12/27/2020

With Martha Kilpatrick and hosted by John Enslow

This the continuation of a series of podcasts started in Episode #732
Faith is required to run our race. But we can’t run our race until we’ve let go of all our heavy burdens so that He can carry us.

Martha:
Well, I’ll go ahead and talk about faith then. I’ve had a just a amazing experience of gaining faith. I recently came across a book by Dr. Charles Price which, in which he, he gives you the way to have faith. And it’s, it’s…Though I do believe in proclamation. I believe we’re supposed to proclaim, his teaching and his revelation is that that’s not how you get faith. You don’t get faith from the mind. You don’t get faith from, from thinking and, and thinking that you believe in your mind and that’s enough. No! He says faith is clearly given to us by Jesus.

John:
Right.

Martha:
There’s…And if it isn’t given to us by Jesus it isn’t faith. It has to be a gift from, from Him. It clearly says this in Hebrews 12.

He is the author and perfecter of faith.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith who
for the joy set before Him endured the cross and now
has sat down at the right hand of God.

So, this, this man gives a clear, clear definition of genuine faith. And he said so this woman comes and teaches, touches the hem of His robe because she has faith that if she will touch that robe she’ll be healed and she was.

John:
Right.

Martha:
And he said but the issue is the faith she had came from Jesus.

John:
Hmm.

Martha:
So we have to look to Him. And it, it really has impacted our, our group, our area because now we, we pursue to receive faith from Jesus; to look to Him, to gaze at Him, to focus on Him, to…Fixing our eyes on Jesus.

So, I took this up because I had a situation in my life where I needed faith. And I had been real discouraged because…The Lord did answer one phase of it and it was spectacular. He, He gave me faith in the, the absolute dominion of God over everything. It was like I saw beyond what I’ve ever seen who He is as God. And…But I’ve been through some trials and tribulations and of different sorts and I really still needed a faith. And when I looked…The Lord said, “Go to, go back to Hebrews 12.” Hebrews 12 says,

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us…

And He’s just finished speaking in chapter 11 of Abraham; everybody who had faith; Moses, Samuel, Joseph. All the ones who had faith and what they, what happened in their lives because they had faith. And then I realized that there were two conditions before you can fix you gaze on Jesus. First is…And since we have this cloud of witnesses these stories tell us the power of faith.

So, then it says “therefore”. After all this list in chapter 11.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also…

Number 1:

…lay aside every encumbrance…

And one translation says “Every weight.”

And I went, “Oh my goodness, Lord.” My best days were when I took the very first thing of my prayer life was to say, “Lord show me my burdens that I’m carrying that are not mine.”

John:
Hmm.

Martha:
And I would write it down and He would always give me what I was carrying that I didn’t realize.

John:
Wow.

Martha:
And it was…I, I didn’t…I underestimated the power of that and kind of slid away from it which I’m sure was some warfare in there, too. But He says also,

Come to Me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give
you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me for I am
weak and lowly hearted and I will give you rest to your soul.

So He is conscious that we pick up burdens. And then He says,

Cast your burden on Me for I care for you.

And that word “cast” means hurl it. It’s a, it’s like one, the disk thing they throw.

John:
Um hmm, um hmm.

Martha:
Olympic! It’s like that fast. Hurl it, give it to Him, let it go and get rid of it. We’re supposed to be without burdens because He is, He’s to carry us. And there’s one scripture that’s precious to me and it says,

I carried you from the womb and I’ll carry you to the end.

John:
Sure enough.

Martha:
So, I had to sit down and, and a friend, a sister, and daughter of mine…Two, two people helped me get through it including you, Mr. John. And I began to sit down and really deal with some of the encumbrances that had been placed on me and I had accepted without realizing it. And I can fix nobody, I can help nobody. I’m not a source. I’m simply a vessel.

John:
Right, exactly.

Martha:
And that’s what I’ve had to, to, what I’ve had to say and be and it’s taken some work and some repentance and some rich help from you and other to help me see those burdens.

And then it was to the sin; the burden and the sin. I don’t think I’ll ever get over these two issues being the way to faith.

But the next one was,

…and the sin that also easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance…

Here’s that word again “endurance”.

the race that is set before us.

So, we can’t run the race until we’ve let go of all other encumbrances. I have a whole new bunch of lists that are about let go, John.

John:
Hmm.

Martha:
The let word is getting still bigger. And the sin is you go to Him just as you do for the burden to see the sin.

Well, I’ll make a long story short. I want to hear from you, John. But when I got through with this, dealing with these two issues, the burden and the sin, and picking up the endurance for, asking the Lord for endurance for my race. We cannot endure.

But endurance shows us the power of leaning on Him

John:
Um Hmm.

Martha:
…because He is the only one with endurance. He’s…It says clearly in the scripture that I gave in that message that He gave, He gives us all the endurance we need. There is no reason to fall by the wayside under a trial because He will supply the very strength that you need.

So, it’s very exciting because what happened to me was an enormous explosion of faith.

John:
Didn’t you say that some of the weight of the sin was unbelief.

Martha:
Yes. That was one of the sins. Um hmm. If you take a, a weight on that you’re not supposed to, you will never have faith.

John:
Well, I mean isn’t that, isn’t that what the temptation is is to, to, to…

Martha:
To try.

John:
…try and to and to do and, and go into unbelief so that you can’t give faith.

Martha:
Um hmm.

John:
Faith is, is the, the way and, and, and, and unbelief is the temptation that prevents us from actually getting to the faith.

Martha:
Yes. The faith is a gift and we have to clear the decks sort of with a discipline and it’s very similar to what I read from Luke 21 about take heed to yourself…

John:
Right.

Martha:
…and to your heart’s condition and what’s going on with you and how you’re responding and what you’re believing and so forth. So, those two. And I took communion for all, any, any unbelief. And, and it’s unbelief to believe that you have to have faith in your, from yourself.

John:
Wow.

Martha:
That is unbelief and that will frustrate you and make you weary and tired and discouraged. And so, it was, it’s been a great, great powerful lesson for me and I wanted to share it.

John:
Don’t you find that there’s a lot of people that are weary in this, in this whole scenario?

Martha:
Yes, absolutely. I, I know it, too.

John:
It’s, it’s kind of scary that there’s so many people that just don’t want to don’t want to fight anymore.

Martha:
Um hmm. And that’s human nature. And it has to be…

John:
Just make it be over.

Martha:
Um hmm.

John:
I’ve heard that over and over again.

Martha:
Um Hmm, um hmm.

John:
Just make it stop.

Martha:
And see, it’s not in us to endure on the long term. That’s what we’re being asked to do. Now we’re being asked to endure the slowness of this whole political process. It’s taking so long for it to be resolved. And we have to take the places that God gave us faith for the victory here. And hold on. Don’t…

John:
Sure enough, absolutely. And, and, and you have to lean into Him. You have to gain the faith by what He says and then you have to hold Him.

Martha:
Um hmm.

John:
You have to hold on to Him and hold on to the faith of what He says. And if you’re not seeking Him, you can be tossed to and fro by every wind. And will be!

John:
You’ve said all along that the thing we have to do is seek His mind…

John:
Seek His face.

Martha:
…and His face.

John:
It’s absolutely…It’s…Listen…

Martha:
And that makes it a great adventure to say, “This is a fascinating situation, Lord. What would You say? What are You going to do and where’s the promise for this?

John:
This is your race.

Martha:
Yes.

John:
This is your race.

Martha:
Exactly. Well said.

John:
It’s, it’s, it’s, it’s…This is the time for your race and this is what the race that you’ve been given and you don’t get a chance. Well, I mean you can but it’s not going to be fruitful. You don’t…To, to win, to cross the finish line you don’t just sit down and say, “I don’t like my race.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t like your race. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like that it’s too hot or it’s raining or whatever. RUN!

Martha:
And see you’ve, you’ve described the very thing we get to, the very temptation you’ve described what you have to pass through to the other side is that I want to give up.

John:
Totally.

Martha:
And you have to say, “No”…

John:
To myself.

Martha:
…to yourself.

John:
It’s, it’s to me first.

Martha:
Um hmm, absolutely.

John:
And then I proclaim it outwards.

Martha:
Um hmm.

John:
It’s to me. I have to say “I will not give up.”

Martha:
And that’s when you start proclaiming…

John:
Right.

Martha:
…the word.

Faith to Not Carry a Heavy Burden – Episode #734 – Shulamite Podcast

We’re supposed to live without burdens, He does this so He can carry us. We can’t run the race of faith until we’ve let go of all other encumbrances.

3 comments

  1. Helen says:

    By the hand of the Lord, & His ‘time out, listen up’, I’ve been learning my constant & urgent need to get in touch with my heart. Otherwise, I’ll go over the top of things–my way of ‘getting past them’. We can’t race without our heart actually in it. You got it smack on, John, that I don’t get to choose the race is exactly what searches out the quit in me. I’ve wanted to at times, only God kept me…in it. Martha, you’ve given us a key message. The burden is me taking on what I’m not meant to carry. “I can fix nobody”, including me! He is the only Source–for All. “I’m simply a vessel”, so what is in this vessel matters greatly. You gave such a clear way of seeing the condition of our heart, & letting the Lord show us the burdens we carry that aren’t ours… He carries what is His. I’ve been doing a lot of ‘let it go’. Ahhh, that feels better! Unencumbered…HIM! Repenting over my unbelief… It leaves me looking at, or to, self, to walk in circles of discouragement. My heart must belong to Him, not to ‘ideas’…so faith can rise. It’s all His, & He Gives…the faith, the race, the endurance….His Victory! So grateful for this podcast! Love the title!

  2. Celia says:

    One thing on the topic of faith that confuses me and probably causes me to waffle is, are we suppose to have faith towards a certain outcome or just towards God’s goodness and wisdom in general, thus no matter the outcome, I can trust Him? I think I start out with the former and then switch to the latter, maybe to some degree for Godly reasons, but also probably to “hedge my bets”, “soften the blow”, if I don’t get the desired outcome or it’s looking like I won’t.

    1. Linda says:

      You’ve answered your own question with what you said at the very end—to soften the blow in case you don’t get what you prayed for. You are failing to trust God. That’s a very human tendency. It is also sin because it is relying on (trusting) your own finite, human thinking/opinion on what should happen, rather than actually trusting the omnipotent will of God.
      This is what Martha is saying, here.
      Since God is only good, we are to trust Him—trust God that even the humanly scary process (or experience or whatever it may be) that we’re in or afraid of going into will result in “The” best solution/outcome that could ever, ever happen because it it from the God, who created the universe and all things and knows what truly is the best. Remember, often, we are just looking for a soft human way through, or avoid. God on the other hand only thinks eternally. He is looking to make us righteous and holy to be able to be with Him for eternity—this is to have the mind of Jesus Christ. This is why God sent His Son to earth and why after receiving Jesus back into heaven He left us His Holy Spirit. It is through prayer in the name of Jesus Christ that The Holy Spirit is able to impart to us God’s Will over our own will, as well as the comfort and strength to endure. God’s Word is a mighty sword, to build faith and to be able to remain standing through the faith-molding trials.
      Merry Christmas and God bless you, always.

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