How Big Is Your Burden?
Today's devotional is taken from the book A Call to America by Nancy Jesudass.
Revivalist Dr. Ronnie Floyd made this statement: "Revival begins with a burden. How big is your burden?"
God gave the prophet Jeremiah a burden. God told him that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, would come and destroy the temple in Jerusalem and take the king of Judah and the people to Babylon as exiles. God said they must submit themselves to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Prophet Jeremiah went through tremendous sufferings for carrying God's message to His people. Both king and people rebelled. Jeremiah said, "I was like a lamb being led to the slaughter" (Jeremiah 11:19).
Jeremiah wept day and night over the people's sins. He said, "Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed" (Lamentations 3:48).
The more I read Jeremiah and Lamentations, the more I identify America with Israel. My heart burns within me. "Since my people are crushed, I am crushed" (Jeremiah 8:21).
Leonard Ravenhill, in his book America Is too Young to Die, said, "What is it that is missing from our churches? To use the Old Testament term, it is the burden of the Lord."
Dr. Kinlaw, in his book The Mind of Christ, wrote, "Apart from the Holy Spirit, you and I are too self-centered ever to care about anyone other than ourselves. If that burden for the lost ever stirs up within us, it did not start with us. It is the work of the Spirit of Jesus saying: 'Will you help me bear My burden?' If we say 'Yes' to Him and take that burden into our hearts, we will find ourselves doing what Paul talked about when he spoke of entering into the sufferings of Christ."
Oh, may God help us. We must bring this nation back to God at any cost. We must save the future generations. If we fail to repent, we will lose our future generations to more broken families, pornography, violence, immorality and sodomization. America will no longer be great among the nations.
Listen to the agony of God's heart through the prophet Hosea (11:8 NLT): "Oh, how can I give you up Israel? How can I let you go? [America] How can I destroy you? My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows."
Hear the prophet Jeremiah lamenting: "Rise during the night and cry out" (Lamentations 2:19).
Oh, may the Holy Spirit move mightily in our churches so that our neighbors may see the fire of the Spirit. May they run to us and ask how to be saved. Oh, may we be like the New Testament Christians!