December 19, 2021

Blessed with Burdens and Burdened with a Blessings

Blessed with Burdens and Burdened with a Blessings

Luke 1: 39-45, ESV

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[g] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Sermon notes:  

1. A woman, a person like Mary, has the audacity to say yes, even when saying no would be the easier, safer and perhaps more logical choice - sometimes saying yes doesn’t make sense, but it is purposeful and sacred.  It’s a burden, but it’s also a blessing!    

Luke 1: 38

38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[f] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

2. Wisdom drives a person like Mary to connect her assignment to the proper human relationship(s) - if you are blessed with burden, and your burdened blessing is going to develop, prosper and produce as GOD intends - you/we cannot be afraid to go to the right house, around the right folk to hear the right word!  Likewise, we cannot ignore the need to avoid the wrong house, the wrong folk who will give the wrong word - I don’t need death-talkers I need life-speakers!  Don’t tell me what GOD can’t do.  Tell me what GOD can do!  

3. And because both Mary and Elizabeth are in a space of being burdened with blessings - Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Ghost in order to let Mary know you will be blessed because you are allowing GOD to fulfill in you both the burden and the blessing, the blessing and the burden the world stands in need of!


Publish Date:

July 14, 2023


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