Saturday, March 31, 2012

Triune Aspects of Burden Bearing

Burden Bearing is a very new, per se, spiritual gift that has been restored to us in these last days. The premises and principles are all found in Scripture. What I would like to look at is three different aspects of burden bearing from Isaiah 53:4a,5a.

Isa 53:4a Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, Isa 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;

Three of the aspects of burden bearing are infirmities, sorrows, and transgressions and iniquities. The last two transgressions and iniquities are of the same category. So, here we have Jesus bearing three distinct types of burdens, burdens of the physical body, infirmities; of the soul, sorrows, mind, will, and emotions; and last but not least, burdens of our spirits, transgressions and iniquities.

We have noticed burden bearers who deal specifically with one aspect of these areas of burden bearing, but may have lesser areas of the gifting in other areas. I myself operate in the realm of the soul, the mind will and emotions, [and that is where I get attacked, in my mind, skullcap; in my will, I just don’t care or have no will to do anything, and definitely in my emotions.]

Where your giftings are is where you are attacked. Are you a burden bearer that deals with all the aspects of the soul? Then you get attacked in the all the areas of the mind, will, and emotions. In your mind think you are going crazy. At the same time you are pushed the other way to where you become intellectualized. And then you get attacked with depression anxiety and overly flights of joy and bliss. The prophetic word that was revealed to me was that the depth of the depression that I experience will be the height of the joy I will walk in. Yet, you might think you are manic. Then you get attacked in the realm of your will, anxiety comes all over you to where you just can’t seem to make a discussion, you just have not will in one area, but your will in other areas is too strong. The Devil does not usually attack one area just one way. He will push and pull and attack you from many separate ways, I.E. intellectualism and insanity both at the same time. What is happening is that you are being flanked on both sides of your mind, like in a battle. The devil both attacks you with being so emotionally sensitive, and then at the same time tries to get you to shut down.

He does this to burden bearers who deal in the physical realm. These types of burden bearers are the spiritual physical healers of the body; they are the healers. Have you ever seen the old time faith healers who will grab a part of their body in pain and call out that area to the crowd? God is doing a work of healing in that area. The faith healers usually have a word of knowledge for they are spiritually tying in with that person, and so they get an image of the person. Here’s how it goes, the healer feels a pain in their head, they feel or see a tumor and then they get an image a woman in a yellow dress with two young children on her lap, the healer sees the children because the mother is soul tied or is one with the children. Then the healer will feel power leaving them and traveling to the person through the words they speak. They don’t speak any words anytime they want too. They have to be connected with that person and they also have to recognize when the presence of the Lord is there in power to heal. This is not for all healers. The above example is for burden bearer healers.

There are the people that deal with the realm of the spirit in people. These burden bearers can feel the strain between relationships, for intimacy is of the realm of the spirit. That is where they get attacked the hardest, in their personal relationships. They sometimes have been abused by a parent or an authority.  Their relationships have all gone down hill, even though they know what it takes to have a good relationship. These burden bearers also deal with the sin and iniquities and bondages that people have succumb to. They have a tendency to be attacked by demonic forces in their personal lives.   Let me use a few examples out of the physical realm of how God uses the attacks of the enemy to strengthen us. A fruit tree is supposed to grow fruit correct? So, in the natural you would think that since the limbs produce fruit, the more limbs you have the more fruits the tree with bear, correct? Not so. It is when the tree is pruned, so that it has fewer breaches that it produces better, bigger, and more fruit. A soldier becomes a better soldier the more battles he fights in, yet the enemy tries to kill the soldier in the process. A world prize fighter has to get into the ring at some time in his life before he can become the worlds greatest. Jesus said, ‘he who lives by the sword will die by the sword.’ Those who live by burden bearing will die by it. Look at Stephen, he was an evangelist and died by the religious people of his day when he was evangelizing them. Look at Solomon who wrote, I have seen the righteous dying because of their righteousness and the wicked dying because other their wickedness, so then he comes to the conclusion: So, neither be over righteous or overly wicked, why die before your time. But Jesus said he who loses his life for my sake will gain it. Therefore, those who serve at the altar tend to end up being living sacrifices. Whatever your giftings are there you will be attacked. Look at Jesus when he was tempted in the wilderness by the devil. Look at the three temptations, [sounds like a musical group’s name, the three temptations]

First, Jesus was tempted with the gifting he had to do miracles

 Mt 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Mt 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’’”

The devil tempted Jesus with the temptation to use his gifting for his own needs, and after forty days of fasting it would appear to be a need. Second, the devil tempts Jesus with his knowledge of the word ‘salvation,’ since his name means savior. If and since you are savior of the world, throw yourself down and the angels will save you.

Mt 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. Mt 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’’”  Mt 4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’’”

Then the devil tempted with authority, splendor, and worship. If you will do worship me, all these things I will give to you. Kind of like Abraham, Sarah says to him, the promise of our son hasn’t come yet, so go sleep with Hagar. This temptation was an attack on Jesus’ authority, splendor, and worship that is due to Jesus, for Jesus is King of king and Lord of Lord, the exact image in splendor of the invisible God. He is also due all worship for Jesus is the creator of all things. 

Mt 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. Mt 4:9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Mt 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’’”

 Look at the Israelites when they came out of Egypt what was their promise, to enter a land flowing with milk and honey so what were they attacked with, lack of water and starvation.

 Where we are attacked is where the surety of the promises and the abilities of the gifting usually are at. The Israelites were to be the new rulers of the land of Canaan, so what was their lot? They were in slavery for 400 years in the land next door to their promise. Ever if you try and don’t make it into your promise land, continue to fight, for you set up the next generation to take their promised land. Yeah, they get the advantage of learning from our mistakes.    A gifting of burden bearing healing may run in a family line, so what might be some of the attacks against it. The family member who has this gift may suffer from the symptoms of hypochondria. Why? The answer is the family member is always picking up other people’s physical illnesses, for a short time. They think they got the flu, then bronchitis, then heart problems, then carpal tunnel, then a tumor because of the pain in their head. They go to the doctor and the family member who has this gift already knows what they have, because they see and feel it. They get to the doctor and they doctor hears that all the symptoms are correct, yet they find any of the physical actualities of that disease. But, the family member knows they have got it. Since they don’t understand, they suffer and perish in their gifting, for the Lord says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge, vision, and/or wisdom. So, we so called sane people, think the family member is crazy or maybe just a little touched. The person knows something is going on. We who condemn and those we think are condemned, both don’t understand that this may be a gifting in play. For, it hasn’t been revealed yet that this insanity is really an unredeemed gift. Once we know this, then begins the hard part, and that is walking in it day by day and overcoming the attacks, mindsets, and belief systems of, ‘oh I am crazy.’ Burden Bearers have a tendency to run from pain. And oh how this gifting can be physically and emotionally painful. But, as my spouse says to me and hates it when I repeat it back to her, and this advice works well for all burden bearers, ‘embrace the pain.’ Maybe this is one of the aspects of what Jesus meant when he said, ‘Carry your cross.’ Maybe a side translation to his saying is, ‘embrace the pain of your cross.’ Most burden bearers think this gift is a curse. But, Jesus became a curse for us by being hung on the tree of the cross. He embraced our pain. That which torments us most might be right where our gifting, destiny, anointing, and shear abundance of life waits for us; to cross the Jordan, to die to ourselves and to carry that which is the hardest thing in our life, our gift.

God Bless

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Priestly Intercession: Burden Bearing

This article is about those called to priestly intercession for others through the feeler gift of intercessory Burden Bearing. Burden Bearing is where you pick up the spiritual dynamics of another and carry them to the Cross. Basically, God lays a burden on you and then desires that you pray about it.

Recently God gave me a vision of where we were walking through the Temple that Moses set up and was talking to me about that. For a long time, but more so now since that vision, when I feel I have pick up something for someone, some place, some certain group of people, I see myself standing in the Temple of Moses and that spiritual dynamic is there. I know that the altar is just a representation of the Cross. As I proceed I take that spiritual dynamic and pray about it. I look at it and look towards the Father and see what needs to be prayed. I acknowledge the spiritual dynamic’s faults, condemn that which is sin in it, apply the principles of the Cross to it, and then cast it into the fire of the Altar.

I myself am very pictorial and know that I have a prophetic gift that needs to at times to actually walk out and physically demonstrate that principle of the burden that God has laid on my heart. I know this is just an image, yet I also know that at times when I am interceding that I am actually in the spiritual realm doing certain things.

Heb 8:5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

I haven’t (that I know of, God knows) done this lightly or just picked up a calling that I wanted to perform. I know I have been called to intercede for people, by the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit, by prophet declarations, dreams and visions, and by the understanding of the nature of one of my spiritual gifts.

What the dynamic is when all this happens is that I will be somewhere or communicating with someone, or it just drops on me from heaven, I notice that my disposition has changed, my emotions have changed. Sometimes I feel defiled, sad, depressed, guilty (for no reason), anxious, fearful, angry (and there is nothing to be angry about). Or I will feel defiled because I can feel a religious spirit after leaving a church, I can feel that everyone is against me, or despises me. Yet, I know now, after many years (and I usually still don’t catch it right away) that this is a call to pray. Therefore I pray for cleansing of myself (spiritually wash), put on my priestly garments, and enter into the spiritual realm, and start performing my priestly duties.

My prayers sometimes end up like the Daniel type prayer of Daniel chapter 9. Yet, as Daniel prayed that his people had rebelled against the Covenant of the Law of Moses, I end up praying that we have rebelled against your New Covenant.

A lot of times when I am praying for others, I also notice problem inside myself, and have to pray about those also. In effect, the issues I pick up I find a lot of times reveal deeper and deeper issues inside me that need to be repented of and covered by the Blood of Jesus.

To tell you a secret, sometimes the issues and feeling in me are so powerful, so vile that instead of just casting the issues onto the altar fire, I just freak out and through my whole self into the altar fires and just rest there.

Sometimes when you get a vision of God, you see how defiled you are, and the only thing that can cleans you are the coals from the fire (Isaiah). Isa 6:5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
Isa 6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
Isa 6:7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

For me, this imagery of the Altar and the Temple is only a pictorial image of what is going on in heaven.

Heb 8:5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Jesus is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). He is the payment that we and others may have restoration of fellowship with our Father. The Father greatly honors the sacrifice that His Son Jesus gave so that all mankind, whoever desires, may have restored relationship with him, for by the Blood of Jesus the boundary veil between you and God has been torn. Therefore, by the Blood of Jesus you have direct access into the Throne Room of you Daddy.

He is not mad, he knows we do not understand, yet he wants to draw you close so that you may experience His love for you and that you and others, may personally experience being the object of His affections.

Remember, when the blood of sheep and goat touched the articles in the Temple of Moses they became holy forever. How much more so have you and others become holy forever? Remember, if someone else has become holy forever, when you gossip, when you derail, when you condemn, when you look down on; you are gossiping, derailing, condemning, and looking down on God’s Temple. You may even be found to be fighting against the blood of Jesus. For if God has proclaimed them innocent, just like you, who are you to condemn. For:

Eph 2:21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
Eph 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

And you never know if God considers someone (whom you deem unworthy) covered by the blood of Jesus and you just don't realize it. God is very merciful and a sentient being (and not a formula) so be afraid. For if you do not allow the Blood to be applied to others, then it just may be taken away from you! (Matthew 18:21-35).

So, when you are praying, remember no one is righteous outside of the payment of the Blood of Jesus, they are holy, they just may need someone to intercede for them, just as the Holy Spirit intercedes for you.

One thing I have learned is that even though I am dealing and praying about very unholy things at times, I still am a priest and am very holy, especially while interceding. Though as a burden bearing intercessor you may feel defiled, yet during that time you are most holy. Though the sheep had the sins of Israel applied to it by the priest in the Temple, yet it was still most holy. Just as Just became sin, still He is the Most Holy. Worthy is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.

Though you may pray, “Lord take this cup from me.” Yet, Father may your will be done.”

Therefore, stand strong, stand confident! When you know you have picked up a defilement from the outside world, remember you stand before the Lord Most High, the Judge of the World, and present the payment of the Blood for the sins of the world, you are still a very holy priest before The Lord God Almighty, who is abounding in mercy, compassionate to the downcast, and the lifter of their heads. Know that he actually likes you and others and wants to spend all eternity showing you and others just how much He loves you.

Enjoy being the object of His affections.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Empaths/Burden Bearers/Highly Sensitive People: Communication and Relational Difficulties

This article deals with some of the emotional issues that highly sensitive people in the emotional spiritual realm deal with in their most intimate relationships.

The terms "empaths," "burden bearers," and "highly sensitive people" in this article are all referring to the same personality trait. The term "empaths" is the secular spiritual terminology, "burden bearing" is one realm of Christianity's terminology, and the "highly sensitive person" is a section of psychologists' terminology. All three refer to the same thing, and this author is not trying to use one or the other to promote a cause or belief, but to look at the nature of how this personality type may have issues in their relationships because of their gift of picking up the emotions of another person.

My wife and I had a conversation that just devastated my spirit. I was angry and hurt, and I felt accused and dishonored. My wife presented me with a dream she had, which had a lot of emotions in it. The emotions were intense. I was in the dream, and I was the bad guy. She knew that the dream did not involve me; I was just an archetype of a spiritual principle. In other words, I was representing something else. She knew in her mind, but her emotions were so stirred up and powerful against the archetype (who was me) that, when she told me about her dream, and I should say that she did it in a very gentle way, I was devastated.

I knew in my mind that she did not think of me that way, but her emotions were so powerful that my emotional sensors didn’t necessarily pick up the words. They picked up the emotions behind them. The words were not condemning, but the attachment of the emotions left me reeling for about two weeks.
We have very good communication skills, and I told her that I was dealing with an issue and needed some time to figure out what had happened.

Once I processed the situation and came to understand what had happened and talked with her, I healed up in about two days.

We have discussed the issue and situation since, and we have come to find out how difficult it can be for an empath to have a conversation, whether heated or calm, when it has a lot of emotion connected to it. In the above issue, we had a calm conversation, but it killed me spiritually. My spirit’s light was extinguished; in other words, I was severely wounded.

I want to reiterate that my wife was in no way wrong in the way she presented the dream, but, me being highly sensitive to other people’s emotions, I felt her emotions, and, for me, it caused an overload to my spirit and burned it out, like a 110 light bulb getting a dose of 440 volts through it. Pop! Out went out this author’s lights.

This has gotten us talking about how a highly sensitive person can have their spirit crushed by the emotions attached to a conversation, even when the conversation is done with the best of intentions and the utmost respect. Let alone when a conversation is missing some of these aspects.

A burden bearer may not realize why their spirit is suddenly full of darkness, despair, anger, thoughts of condemnation, and angry when the Lord is talking to them. It could be hopelessness, and despondency due to their wounding.

Also, a highly sensitive person may be condemned by their spouse for being too sensitive. But this is the nature of their gift. It is the very greatness of who they are, for they are highly sensitive because they are able to connect on deep levels with others, especially if that person is their spouse, loved one, or family member.
They are dealing with the deep intimacy of being able to be one with another person. This deep level of connectedness is what most of us in this life are looking for and one term for this is the word "intimacy." Intimacy defined as “into me you see.”

Yet, when this intimacy connects with super-strong negative emotions, it can overload the highly sensitive person and short out their spirit.

The Lord is good and is able to restore the wiring in the burden bearer and replace the light bulb, though it may take a while for the person’s spirit to recover.

After my wife and I talked about what happened, the next couple of days I saw myself prophetically in a mental image as a light bulb that was having a brown-out issue. You know when there is only a very low voltage going through the power lines and the lights in your house look really dim and brown.

For an empath to discuss issues like this with the other person, I realize, does take great understanding of the highly sensitive person’s gift by the other person, and huge respect and honor for that gift. If the other person does not understand your gift, trying to get them to understand you while you are still wounded may not be wise. But just knowing what has happened to you, as a highly sensitive person, may help in your healing process.

God Bless

The Burden Bearing of Ezekiel

An Example of God Placing the Sins of Two Nations on a Burden Bearer ~  And Some Insights for Burden Bearing

Ezekiel is a poignant example of a burden bearer. There are many lessons and insights we can learn from him. In the first part of the Book of Ezekiel we find the LORD calling Ezekiel to bear the sins of Israel and Judah.

Eze 4:4 “Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.  Eze 4:5 I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. Eze 4:6 “After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.  

Here we find Ezekiel commanded to take upon himself the sins of Israel and Judah. Burden Bearers are often Sin Bearers. They carry the sins of a person or people, and in this instance it was at God’s direct command and God gives a timeline for the length of time that Ezekiel was to carry their sin; one day for every year. This can be very important to the understanding for a Burden Bearer. Burden bearing should not always be about releasing the tremendous weight of the sins of others as soon as we recognize it. The burden bearer who has that mind frame can fall into confusion, misunderstanding, and condemnation: Condemnation because they think that they are doing something wrong in their prayer life.

I told a friend about this insight and he immediately knew that it was relevant for him and it helped him and his wife understand a principle. We will call them Mark and Stacy. I have permission from them to share their experience.

Mark had just discovered he was a burden bearer from a video Stacy had showed him about two months before they got married. The video was from Elijah House Ministries called “Burden Bearing.” Two weeks after Mark and Stacy got married; Mark was laid out on the couch for three weeks with high anxiety. He had experienced anxiety before in his life, but this was disabling anxiety. During these weeks his wife Stacy would pray for him whenever she got the chance. Stacy thought the whole time that Mark was going through these panic attacks that he was upset and disappointed that they had gotten married. At the end of three weeks, the Lord spoke to Stacy and told her she needed to repent for judgments she had made about her mom’s mental illness. The day Stacy repented; that night Mark got up and was able to cook dinner. Mark had been house bound for three weeks and pretty much unable to do anything. Stacy watched Mark and after three days of watching Mark, without any signs of anxiety, she commented to Mark that he had been fine since she had repented; without any symptoms of anxiety. Mark was back to his normal self; shopping, cooking, cleaning, evangelizing, etcetera, since she had repented. They talked about this and watched Mark and he did fine from there on out. Stacy was amazed at how her judgments affected Mark, and how through simple Spirit lead repentance that Mark was set free from her judgments of mentally ill people.

So, sixteen months later I share with Mark and Stacy about this new revelation of Ezekiel bearing the burdens of Israel and Judah, one day for every year. Mark immediately gets a revelation and starts discussing with Stacy about the time he had the panic/anxiety attacks. Stacy had been a Christian at the time of their marriage for 21 years. Mark had the same symptoms that Stacy’s mom had. They talked and realized Mark had carried Stacy’s sin of judgment for the same number of days as years Stacy had been a Christian. They both were blown away, one day for every year. After studying the passage, they realized that Ezekiel did not carry Israel sin since the time of Israel and Judah’s conception, just since they came into the knowledge of the covenant of Law that they were under. Whereas, Mark only carried Stacy’s burden for as many days as years Stacy had been a Christian. Once Mark had carried Stacy’s burden of her judgments for the 21 days then the Lord spoke to Stacy and asked her to repent of those judgments.
This was a whole new paradigm shift in their understanding of Mark’s weeks of anxiety. They had understood the event as Mark was suffering due to Stacy’s judgments and just happen to be released from then when Stacy repented. Now, they understood that the Lord wanted to work on a repentance issue with Stacy and had Mark carry that for 21 days, at the end of that time the Lord spoke to Stacy.

They also got a personal experience as an example of what the effect of burden bearing actually can accomplish, because they were both wondering, “What effect can burden bearing truly have on a person that Mark would bear for?” This also gave Mark scriptural backing because he knew that sometimes when he would burden bear that there was a time requirement; that he just couldn’t surrender it up to the Lord as soon as he recognized a burden and it would go away.

Plus, we think that the Lord knew that Stacy had to release her judgments at the beginning of their marriage to allow Stacy freedom from making judgments on Mark when he would walk in his gifting of Burden Bearing. The spouse of a Burden Bearer needs to be free from judging the burden bearers mental health, because the burden bearer is going to be going through enough in the spiritual realm without having to deal with their most intimate earthly partner adding spiritual judgments on them.

The insight into carrying burdens for a set period of time can be a great comfort for burden bearers who are wiped out for a longer season. At times when a burden bearer is out of commission to the world and in commission to the working of his gift by the Lord and it goes on for weeks, a burden bearer can start to think that they are doing something wrong or that they are actually mentally ill. This insight shuts down the enemy from getting into the thought patterns of the burden bearer and causing them undue pain through confusion. This principle has also brought great peace to me personally.

Another aspects of the burden bearing from Ezekiel 3:24; the Lord tells Ezekiel to go shut himself inside his house
Eze 3:24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.  

A few times the Lord had spoken to me and told me I was grounded to the house. During these times he was very gracious to let me know that I was not in time-out because I had done something wrong, but that he wanted to do something in me. It is one thing to follow the voice of the Lord when you have no Scriptures to back it up; it is awesome when later the Lord reveals a Scripture like this a year or more later to give me confidence that I was actually following his leading in my everyday life.

This also explained to me aspects of my life before I knew I was a burden bearer. As a child and teen I would shut myself in my room for seasons of time. Then as an adult, this gives an explanation as to why I would not go out until I had to take care of responsibilities, and would keep the windows heavily curtained. For me, my gift was so sensitive that I could pick up stuff from a stranger walking by the house on the other side of the street. This was an unrealized self defense mechanism to protect me from my gifting. There were periods in my life where I would stay away from everybody. Then during certain seasons I would have the curtains wide open and visit with everyone in the community with no known repercussions.  The realization for me now is that during certain seasons in my life, my burden bearing gift was operating, though I had no understanding of what was going on, at that time. This insight brought me peace by the understanding of the very confusing times of my childhood, teens, twenties and early thirties.

Another aspect for a burden bearer from the experiences of Ezekiel is that he was bound to where he was so he could not move even from his right unto his left side or vice versa.
Eze 4:8 I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.

 Just as my friend Mark was bound to the couch, and I was grounded to the house, Ezekiel was bound to where he could not move, and this was the Lord’s doing.

 Another example from the life of Ezekiel is that Ezekiel ate very little while he was burden bearing.
 Eze 4:10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.  

 A shekel is about 2/5 of an ounce, so 20 shekels would be about 8 ounces. This would be equivalent to a half a loaf of bread a day. I find this very true in my life when I am burden bearing. I just don’t want to eat. I am not hungry, but at times the Lord will instruct me to eat something with protein in it. But, this is how I operate in my blessing of burden bearing. I know some who have the opposite reaction to burden bearing and they eat constantly. These examples are not to define how you and God operate in your gifting of burden bearing, but they are to give you some insights into why you may be doing some of the things you are doing in your gifting. How you may resolve any of these issues you think are problems, I would recommend discussing them in prayer with the Lord.

 Another insight; the Lord tells Ezekiel to bake his bread over human excrement; Ezekiel pleads to the Lord and the Lord allows Ezekiel to bake his bread over cow manure.

Eze 4:12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.”  Eze 4:13 The LORD said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.” Eze 4:14 Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth.” Eze 4:15 “Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement.” 

This shows that when Ezekiel is demonstrating this prophetic act that the Lord is gracious and doesn’t step beyond Ezekiel’s level of ability to willingly endure defilement and humiliation for the Lord. This is good to understand that the Lord has control over burdens we pick up and graciously allows us to plead with him when things go too far beyond our comfort zones.

Next, Ezekiel is told that those whom he is burden bearing for will endure anxiety and despair. So, Ezekiel probably went through over a year of anxiety and despair while he was on his right and left side for 430 days.

Eze 4:16 He then said to me: “Son of man, I will cut off the supply of food in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,  Eze 4:17 for food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin. 

Just think about the time length for a moment. Ezekiel bears their burden for 430 days; that is over a year and two months. He ate only a half a loaf of bread a day. How he must have been an appalling sight to those who passed by. One, he didn’t get a bath for over a year. Two, he wasted away to nothing, because of the little that he ate, while he carried their burdens. Three, he shaved his head and his beard and the stench from him burning a third of his hair probably got people to turn away in disgust. Fourth, he played with one third of his hair; hacked the hair with a sword. Ezekiel was probably a pitiful sight.

The Lord goes on to say that those whom Ezekiel was prophesying about would be a ruin and a reproach, but since Ezekiel was a physical picture of a future reality of Israel, then Ezekiel probably carry some of these qualities.

Eze 5:14 “I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.  Eze 5:15 You will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke. I the LORD have spoken.  

 Ezekiel probably carried some of these physical realities, just like our Lord carried the reproach and consequences of sin described in Isaiah 53. Ezekiel may have carried also some of their plagues and illnesses. For an article on burden bearers carrying illnesses for others, see the article, ‘Triune aspects of Burden Bearing.’ This article can be found at:

Ezekiel is a Levite. Ezekiel is of the priestly line and is a prophet. The nature of the Burden Bearing gifting falls under the category of intercessor and also under the priestly anointing. Burden Bearing could fall into other anointings, but I haven’t seen the anointing described anywhere else in Scripture under any other anointing, but this does not mean it is not so. This may be why so many burden bearers end up counseling people, professionally or in their personal relationships with people.

Therefore, may you be blessed in your gifting with wisdom and revelation of how God is operating the gifting of Burden Bearing through you. May these insights bring you into a greater peace. May the Lord wash you and cleanse you in greater and greater measures. May you be blessed with greater and greater intimacy with the Lord in your gifting.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the lover of our souls, Jesus the Lamb who was slain.
Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Rev 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.  

All Scriptures were taken from: The Holy Bible, New International Version.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Very Emotional or Very Shut Down People: Burden Bearing

This is not a medical diagnosing article. This is a life experience article. All medical professionals’ diagnosis and medications should be continued and followed. This article is not a scientific article. This article is for thought, pondering and discussion. This article is not a diagnosis for anyone who has any or all of these symptoms as described in this article. This article is about how I have come to understand why I go through, what I go through.

Have you ever known a person or are you a person that cries for supposedly no reason? Have you ever had a child that comes home from school and just goes to their room, you know something is wrong and so you go in to see how they are doing and they are crying. You ask all the right questions, how was your day at school… did any thing happen… and you can not figure out what is wrong… you think they are just being emotional. Then you realize you used to do the same things and it baffles your mind. Some types of questions you might what to ask are: “Were you around anybody who was sad today?” “In your thoughts, who are you thinking of?” “In your mind do you see a picture of a person, whether you know them or not?” If they don’t know the person, Then ask, “Tell me what they look like” and then, “What are they going through?” Be very gentle, be very accepting of what they say, encourage them to speak, but try not to lead them.

I was nine years old, my dad said, “Oh you cannot watch this movie, but you can watch it when you are older. So, head off to your room and play for a while.” No problem. I went off to my room, but after a while I got thirsty and came out for a drink of water. I walked through the living room and on the TV was a group of women and children heading off to the gas chambers. The movie was the Holocaust. I was devastated. I knew what I saw was very real. I went back into my room and cried.

Even before this I was a very angry child, quick explosive type anger. But, I also had huge burdens I was carrying around for other people. I learned quickly to hide these emotions from others. Some of my step brothers and sisters would call me cry baby. As I look back they had a very good reason for this. But, as I grew up I shut down my emotions, became very logical and intellectually driven. But when I would get home at night and was by myself all these emotions would come flooding over me. I knew if I could just get to sleep I would be ok in the morning. At times I would come home from a large store or market and I would be frustrated and angry beyond belief. I would try to figure it out. I had been fine all day, my week was going well, my bills were paid, usually, but I knew something was wrong. I wasn’t mad at anyone. My relationships were all going ok. I never did have a lot of close friends, but the friends I had were very close. The emotions were very confusing and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to them. Yes, at times I thought there was something broken in me; at times I thought I was going or was already slightly crazy.

I began to be able to read people. I could tell as I walked up to a crowd of people who to stay away from: ‘Oh that person is very angry, that woman has got bad stuff all over her, oh that lady is sad, that guy feels rejected, that person is resentful at that person over there and the person over there is mad at the first person. Then it got to the point of where I could see that two people are sleeping together but they don’t want anyone to know, that lady started smoking again and she is hiding it from her husband, that young man is doing these and those drugs, oh that young woman is looking for a husband. And all this I would know before I even joined the group. I would get up to the group and ask my friend, “How are you doing?” and he would say fine. I would unwisely ask about how is wife and kids were doing and he would say fine. After the gathering I would go home and just hurt. I would feel resentment and angry. I would want to flee and hide. Yet, all the time I could see my friend and his wife in my mind. Then three weeks later he would call and ask if he could stay with me, because his wife and he had split up. I found I was drawn to hurting people like a moth to a flame, and it seemed I continued to die in the flames. Huge compassion for people, even strangers, would come over me. I could feel their pain. I could not always tell why. I didn’t see everything and sometimes I couldn’t quite understand what I was feeling or why.

Just after I turned 38, I started begining to understand a little. A friend of mine, knew another person who had a lot of these same characteristics and emotions. We began to talk and I began to understand. She also showed me a video on the subject, by Elijah House Ministries.

I had previously called myself a chameleon. I could fit into almost any group. I seemed to connect with people where they were at. If it was a fun loving group, I fit right in. If it was an intellectual group, my thoughts, conversations and writing turned to philosophy, morality, politics, physics, psychology, even quantum physics, it didn’t matter. Very angry people I just naturally avoided, but everybody else or every group I could just naturally resonate with. But, when I would go home I would shut and lock all the doors, close all the curtains, and sometimes I would just start dry heaving and not know why.

At times I would leave a friends house on the way home my chest would start hurting; I couldn’t breath, pain would shoot through my chest, and sometimes it would last for days. I quite going to the doctors for bronchitis like symptoms and quite telling them that I had chest pains, it got too expensive (I recommend telling a doctor all your symptoms, this is just how I dealt with the issue). I started realizing that every time a got around people that were dealing with anxiety these same symptoms would appear. I began asking trusted friends about what I was feeling. I would say, “I’m not trying to pry into your life, but I am trying to figure out something about my life, may I ask you a personal question?” Usually the person would say yes, and I would ask them do you deal with anxiety?” or “Do you deal with times of sadness or fear?” It seemed I was feeling what others were feeling, they would either tell me yes then or later they would come up to me and say that they actually had lied, but yes they do go through what ever area I had asked them about. I didn’t mind that they had lied, peoples’ stuff is their own business I always had this huge compassion for people and their privacy.

I began to notice certain of my friends had similar issues and feeling like I did. Some of these left their house as little as possible, some hated going to huge super centers or where there were lots of people. My friends that could feel other like I do had a range of emotional and physical issues like I did. Everything from depression which is a common symptom starting in pre teen and teen years, over eating or not wanting to eat, frigidity or promiscuity, irrational pains in their bodies which I call ‘phantom pains.’ These are pains that appear for no reason and last for five to ten minutes and then they move to another part of the body. These people would tend to have or develop back problems. They have a tendency to continually wash their hands. Have spells of dry heaves or actual vomiting. Be called names like, overly sensitive, emotional, cry baby, moody, etcetera. A lot of my friends can tell when someone was about to call, come over, or knew when a friend or relative was sick. All these people are very compassionate for others, if you were in a bind they will take you into their house, feed you, make time for you, and are drawn to the outcasts of society. A lot of these people can see were this issue affected one or more of their parents or grandparents.

Our bodies are electro-chemical shells (our skin) filled with water that operates on electricity which makes us move, work, and that triggers the brain to produce chemicals such as serotonin, adrenalin, and other chemicals that affect our moods. That’s why as humans we like mood altering chemicals (drugs); we change our body chemistry and it changes our emotions. Just look at society today and the amount of prescriptions given to change people’s moods, from anti-depressants to anxiety medication to prescriptions for kids who have ADHD. Doctors and psychologists try to change the body chemistry. They try to change the mood and functions of the body, so that the person can change their behaviors. Now here is a theory and it is only a theory, this is my theory. Those of us who can sense these things have a highly sensitive electrical system. Our electrical system is affected by other people’s electrical system. Therefore we change as we get around other people. Have you ever head of personal magnetism. Look at how we see a pregnant mom glowing and we know that she is full of life and joy. What about the statements and idea, the after glow of sex. You can see people who are full of life, there is a magnetic attraction to them; just think of the wonderful radiance and angelic qualities of a new born baby. Most of us have heard statements such as; there’s a twinkle in his eyes, there’s a sparkle about her, he has an electric personality, there’s a glow about her, the glow of love, there’s a fire in his eyes, it was a magnetic attraction, These electrical changes produce external signs to people, we are able to read people and we don’t know why or how. Sometimes we think it is because we see it physically and sometimes we just can’t see to understand why. It appears to be changes in the electrical-magnetic changes around us. Have you noticed how people do strange things on a full moon? Is spring fever a change in the electro-magnetic changes due to our position around the sun? Why are we so drawn to the electrical light of our TV’s? And look at all the electronics, electrical appliances, and electro-magnetic fields that we live in today. We all as people go through this, yet there are some that seem to be hyper-sensitive.

I tend to think of this hyper-sensitivity in me like burdens that I am carrying. I was reading through the Psalms and in the Psalms King David tends to be very emotional in his song writing. I was reading Psalm 38 and this is what it says.

A psalm of David. A petition.
Ps 38:1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Ps 38:2 For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. Ps 38:3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin. Ps 38:4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

Is David here picking up other peoples guilt as he is writing this. He also seems to refer to something that is like, ‘a burden to heavy to bear.’ This is also another area that sensitive people tend to deal with is huge amounts of guilt. I have found that most of it was other people’s guilt. But, if you don’t know that you can pick up stuff from people then all we have left is to own the emotion as our own, even though you don’t know why. If we analyze it we begin to call it ‘false guilt.’ It is not truly false guilt, it is true guilt, yet it is other people’s guilt. Then David continues in Psalm 38 to describe so some of his physical reactions to this gifting.
Ps 38:5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. Ps 38:6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. Ps 38:7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.

Even David was dealing with emotions that triggered physical pain, ‘my back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.’ Back pain tends to be a strange phenomenon that goes hand in hand with people who bear burdens, maybe because of the huge emotional weight that is felt by the burden bearer. As David said, ‘I am bowed down and brought very low.’ Emotional weight can do this to our bodies and some of you will well know. David then continues with emotions that he is dealing with.

Ps 38:8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. Ps 38:9 All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. Ps 38:10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.

So, here king David is talking about the emotions of feeling utterly crushed, anguish in his heart, huge longings and sighing, his heart pounding (symptoms of anxiety), which saps his strength and the sparkle in his eyes goes out. He then begins to talk about how his friends treat him when he is going through this stuff.

Ps 38:11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. Ps 38:12 Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception.

People just don’t understand David and his enemies use these emotional episodes to attack him. Have you ever had a spouse who uses your emotional baggage against you to get their way? Hmmm? Then David goes on to talk about what he is going through and how he responds.

Ps 38:13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth; Ps 38:14 I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. Ps 38:15 I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God. Ps 38:16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips"

David doesn’t realize what he is going through but he still calls out to God even though he can’t hear or speak and he waits on God. Then David gets an opportunity to speak and he starts to confess his sins yet David in the following verse proclaims his innocence, but is thinking about his enemies. In his mind he has a mental picture of people, that is why I said at the beginning of this article to ask people who tend to be very emotional are they getting a picture or thought of anyone else. Then David continues with how he deals with these emotions.

Ps 38:17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. Ps 38:18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Ps 38:19 Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous. Ps 38:20 Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good.

So, David is confessing sin even though he states his intensions are good. Then David rests in knowing that God will come to his aid, even though he feels (oh no, there that feeling word again) that he is forsaken. Have you ever felt forsaken, yet you knew your were not? David felt the same in the next passage.
Ps 38:21 O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Ps 38:22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.

Burden Bearers are very sensitive people who pick up others emotional and spiritual stuff and then carry it away from the other person. Have you ever had people say to you, “oh, I feel so much better now that I have talked with you”? And you were so filled with a feeling of accomplishment and joy because the other person is doing better and you think you have done a good thing. That is, till you got home and then you emotionally broke down and started having all these icky emotions. Once the majority of the feelings are gone you try to analyze why you were feeling that way and just went around in circles in your logic. Don’t worry your not alone.

I would like you to look at this story and tell me what you think as it applies to your life. It is about King David and someone who is said to have a evil spirit, a nasty emotional disposition and see if this applies or is similar to your experiences.

1Sa 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. 1Sa 16:15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 1Sa 16:16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.” 1Sa 16:17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” 1Sa 16:18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.” 1Sa 16:19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 1Sa 16:20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. 1Sa 16:21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 1Sa 16:22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” 1Sa 16:23 Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

The story does not go on the say how David reacted or what he went through after he left Saul, but if you look at the Psalms David wrote, and read them from this perspective, you tend to very detailed sense of what David would go through because of this gifting. This brings me to another point, a lot of people who bear burdens tend to be very prolific or intimate worshippers. King David was of the tribe of Judah and Judah means praise.

One of King David sons which also had this gifting, and he writes,
What a heavy burden God has laid on men!

Here we have one of David’s sons writing about the heaviness and burdens that he experiences and the gift of burden bearing was passed onto him, and his name was Solomon. Have you ever felt that every thing was meaningless a chasing after the wind?

Ecc 1:13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! Ecc 1:14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

So, as stated before this gifting tends to run in families. Did one of your parents have an alcohol problem? Do you look back at them and think, ‘they just used the alcohol to run away from their problems?’ It was not just their problems they were running from. Ever feel like your carrying the burden of the whole world? They probably were also. Burden bearers or the highly sensitive tend to have an escapist mentality from pain. I know I did and still do at times. We tend to run from pain; the very thing our gift attracts. Now I would like to look at a descendant of Solomon who had this gift also.

Isa 53:2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa 53:4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. Isa 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Especially look at verse 4,
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,

So, here we have a picture of one of Solomon’s sons carrying other people’s sorrows. This passage talks about as you know, Jesus. Now look at the garden of Gethsemane and the statements Jesus makes.
Mt 26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Mt 26:37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Mt 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

All of a sudden Jesus begins to be sorrowful and troubled. It gets so intense that Jesus says my soul is overwhelmed to the point of death. This tells us quiet a few things. One is that this gifting is an aspect of the nature of God the Father, for Jesus is the exact representation of God. Two, it also tells us where we carry these burdens and that is in our soul; mind, will and emotions. Three, if a person is processing through these types of burdens the best thing you can do for them is to sit with them, watch, and pray. Four, that this gifting is a very hard burden to carry and can cause our bodies to be overwhelmed and react to the burdens. Fifth, this gifting is an aspect of the cross. The cross is a picture of the Old Testament Temple where the sins of the people were laid onto the head of the sheep before it was sacrificed.

Another picture of what goes on with this gift is to look at the sequences of the Temple, what came first, what were the priest to do; i.e. ceremonial washing, changing of clothes, etcetera. These are physical pictures of spiritual realities, look at Hebrews chapters 7:11 through 10:18. Then look again at the temple and the benefits that lay in the Inner Court and Most Holy Place. For, he is making us to be a nation of kings and priest with him.

1Pe 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 1Pe 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
The apostle Paul was also a bearer of burdens, you can tell by statements he makes.
Ro 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—this is your spiritual act of worship.
Ro 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Phil 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 his death,
1Co 5:3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 1Co 5:4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
In this last statement Paul is so tied in with them in the spirit that he can read and feel their stuff from miles and miles away. And if you look at King David, Solomon, Paul and Jesus in this light you may find other things that will help you process through these confusing, hard, mysterious emotions that we think of as a curse and so do a lot of other people (Isaiah 53:3b, 4b Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. We considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.)
Therefore, hopefully this gave you some insight about what is going on in you or in someone else that you know. Knowing this will not fix you. Knowing this will not fix them. Knowing this will not make it cease to happen. Knowing this will not make it go away. Knowing this may let you in on some ideas about what is going on. This may relieve the confusion and self condemnation of what is going on in you. But, this is only the beginning for the healing of the Burden Bearer.

If you are interested in finding more information one place to go to is Elijah House Ministries. This article is of my own and I have no affiliation with them.

So to state once again, this is not a medical diagnosing article. This is a life experience article. All medical professionals’ diagnosis and medications should be continued and followed. This article is not a scientific article. This article is for thought, pondering and discussion. This article is not a diagnosis for anyone who has any or all of these symptoms as described in this article. This article is about how I have come to understand why I go through what I go through from a spiritual point of view.

Spiritual Gift of Intercession: Burden Bearing: Are You A Burden Bearer?

Chapter Two - Are you a Burden Bearer? Here is a list of questions to help to see if you think you have the gift of burden bearing?

Have you ever thought that you were broken?
Do you feel emotions intensely and do not know why you are feeling that way?
Do you feel like a Chameleon around different groups, always changing?
Do you wonder who you are?
Do you ever feel you are accursed of God, but you know He loves you?
Do you hate going into public places?
Can you tell who is suffering when you walk into a room?
Can you tell what they are going through?
Do you get sick and go to the doctor and nothing is wrong with you?
Do you see pain in the world and cry out to God with weeping and sorrow for them?
Do you feel rejected by people?
Do you like to isolate from people when it gets too bad?
Can you see the sorrow in a child's eyes from across the way and know they are hurting?
Do you shut down emotionally for no reason?
Do you emotionally detach?
Do you run from pain?
Are you an escapist?
Can you read people, and know who to stay away from?
Do you at times, answer people before they finish their sentences, or even before they ask the question?
Are you a softy for a lost cat or dog?
Do you or have you cried yourself to sleep many many nights and you don't know why?
Have you been like this from childhood, from as far back as you can remember?
Have you gone to many counselors and they have told you all kinds of different things about you, and each one labels you a different way?
Are you fine one moment and an emotional wreck twenty minutes later after leaving a gathering? Is it hard to attend church at times?
Do you feel everything from everybody around you?
Can you tell when your spouse is down the street on their way home, and you know they are in a bad or funky mood, even before they get home?
Do you wish and pray it would all go away?
Do you only have a few close friends?
Do you not go into great depths about your emotional life, and try to hide it from everyone?

These are just a few question to see if you are a burden bearer. If you answered yes to 90 percent or more, yes to 26 or more out of these 30 questions, you are most likely a burden bearer. If you answer yes to 70 to 90 percent, 21 to 26 of these question you want to continue and look for similarities. Most people, who have this gift, are not happy that they have it; they think it more of a curse, until they get trained by the Lord in it. So, if you are happy that you might have this gifting, and you haven't had the gift redeemed by the Lord, you probably do not have it. This gift tends to work involuntary at times from the will, until it is redeemed.
(To be continued)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spiritual Gift of Intercession: Burden Bearing The General Premise

Chapter 1 - Burden Bearers are a category of intercessors that unite with the ministry of Jesus Christ in bearing peoples burdens, which is written about in Isaiah chapter 53.

Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

 Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

 Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

 Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

 Isa 53:12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Burden Bearers are intercessors that are united with Jesus' earthly ministry of carrying people’s burdens to the cross. They have a special calling since birth to this gifting. Most burden bearers, before they know of their gifting, think of it as a curse. They hide from people, they suffer from depression, they have aches and pains all throughout their body, they think they are going crazy, they can feel peoples pain, and take it with them, they get lost, they can tell if someone is lying, they see peoples needs before the other person who has the  need does, they are helpers, they are merciful, they feel death in the world, they think God is against them, they think that they are stricken and accursed of God, they are acquainted with sorrow, and usually feel there is something broken in them.

Not all burden bearers are a like; some have stronger gifts than others, some have different accompanying gift, all have different dispositions and callings, but they have a lot of similarities with other burden bearers. The blessing of being a burden bearer cannot be pursued after, it cannot be attained, it cannot be gotten rid of, it is given at conception and effects the person all of their life. Burden bearers can have the ability to take on other people’s sorrows and griefs, iniquities and transgressions, other people’s infirmities and illnesses.

These articles will go through concepts such as Christ's burden bearing, Scriptural premises for the gift, the unredeemed gift of a burden bearer, redeeming the gift of burden bearing, what it looks like in unbelievers, and what it looks like in Christians when it is still unredeemed, pitfalls of burden bearers, accompanying gifts, what it looks like to their friends, counselors and spouses to the burden bearer, how they can help, the blessing of this gift, and so forth.

Are you a burden bearer?
(To be continued)