ACTS 16:16-40
ACTS 16:16-40

God will guard you from the evil one


How can I defend myself against Satan’s attacks?

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:10-12  

Tricking Houdini

During his life, Harry Houdini had a standing challenge that he could escape from any jail cell within an hour. A small town in the British Isles had just constructed a new jail cell they thought was escape-proof, and they wanted to put it to the test. Houdini entered the cell and immediately went to work. After two grueling hours — an hour past his deadline — Houdini finally withdrew his file from the lock and leaned against the door in exhaustion. To his amazement, the cell door swung open.

The jailors had tricked the great magician by closing the jail door but never bolting the lock. He was free all along, he just didn’t know it.

Satan has the same strategy, doesn’t he? His greatest weapon is to make us think that we are trapped, when in reality the cell door is always open. Satan can’t bind us, so he tricks us into making us believe the cell door is locked.

Adapted from a devotional by Frank Martin in Embracing Eternity (Tyndale House) p 292
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All the prison doors flew open, and the chains came loose!

Personal Testimony:

The title above is in red for a reason!  If it were not for the shed blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.) I would still be sitting in prison spiritually.  As a child I knew about Jesus from Sunday School lessons and the such; as a teenager I wondered about Him and God’s creation; yet I knew Him not.  The Word had been made known to me; prayers had been prayed over me.  Yet I knew Him not.  I was still a child on milk with a longing unfulfilled not knowing all the time I was born for a time such as this!!  I won’t bore you with all the trial and tribulations; but, I will tell you forth running that in my adulthood as a mother with first child that is when the Lord God Almighty grabbed me by my boot straps and put a mentor in my life that set me on track to know God’s Word, to be among believers in Christ, to be baptized, and to serve the Lord.  At this point I saw the prison door opened and the chains dropped.  Fast forward:  We were living in Florida at the time and this is when God said in an “Audible Voice,”  “ARE YOU READY TO GET UP YET!!!”  THAT got my attention:  This is how it happened….
Typical family night, I’m giving my boys their bath and getting ready for bed.  All of the sudden out of the blue I hear, “ARE YOU READY TO GET UP YET!!!”  I looked around, ask the boys if they heard anything, “No, they said.”  I asked my daughter who was sitting at the computer in the living room doing homework and she said “No.”  Then I ask my husband and he said “No.”  The only other sounds was the normal neighborhood children getting last few minuets of playtime in before being called in for the evening.  Dogs barking, cats meowing, just normal stuff and no TV on in our house.  I finished with my boy’s bath and got them off to bed.  I waited till all were turned in and sought the Lord in prayer.

This was the night the Lord truly revealed Himself to me my brothers and sisters in Christ!  Father God on this night revealed His treasures to me and gave me my nugget (Rhema Word) for life:  My Life verse:

Isaiah 30:21 (AKJV)

21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 

On this night my journey with Jesus Christ truly began.  Little did I know that He would use Prophecy as tool for being born for a time such as this.  The journey took an even deeper turn when I learned by trial and tribulations on a personal level to “Willingly Allow” the Holy Spirit to be the driver and not me.  I am here to tell you that I am still learning!  I would not be here today if it were not for the precious Blood of Christ, the Grace and Mercy of God, Protection of Christ, Leading of the Holy Spirit!  I share all of this to tell you not to discouraged or dismayed of heart in these perilous times we face.  God is control and Jesus Christ is Foundation which the gates of hell “SHALL NOT” prevail!

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Call out to Jesus and He will uplift you through your faith in Him, He will strengthen you, He will comfort you, He will never leave or forsake you; KNOW THIS.

With these treasures of the Lord I bless you, ask the Lord to keep you, encourage you and protect you and yours in the precious name of Jesus Christ! Amen




Acts 16:16-40   (AKJV)

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

May the peace of the Lord be upon you all in Jesus’ name. Amen




Our prayers bring us into God’s presence



How can I make my prayers effective?

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.

1 Timothy 2:1-2


Praying effectively

Paul urges Timothy to lift up requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving.

A request is a need, a deep desire for something we don’t have—something only God can supply.

A prayer is a word of praise and adoration. A more accurate translation of this word from the original Greek might be to “worship in earnest.”

Intercession is praying on behalf of others. Our prayers should regularly reflect this kind of selfless lifestyle.

Thanksgiving involved remembering those past prayers that have already been answered, acknowledging that we not only trust God’s supremacy and involvement in our life but also how his hand has moved and guided us in the past.

When we pray effectively, we do more than communicate with God—we commune with him. We become one in mind and spirit and purpose. Today, let the focus of your prayer time be to connect with God in a very real and personal way, not as a slave would petition his master, but as a son would enjoy the company of a loving and gracious father.

Adapted from a devotional by Frank M. Martin in Embracing Eternity (Tyndale House) p 36


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“Base things of the world hath God chosen.” 1 Corinthians 1:28

Walk the streets by moonlight, if you dare, and you will see sinners then. Watch when the night is dark, and the wind is howling, and the picklock is grating in the door, and you will see sinners then. Go to yon jail, and walk through the wards, and mark the men with heavy over-hanging brows, men whom you would not like to meet at night, and there are sinners there. Go to the Reformatories, and note those who have betrayed a rampant juvenile depravity, and you will see sinners there. Go across the seas to the place where a man will gnaw a bone upon which is reeking human flesh, and there is a sinner there. Go where you will, you need not ransack earth to find sinners, for they are common enough; you may find them in every lane and street of every city, and town, and village, and hamlet. It is for such that Jesus died. If you will select me the grossest specimen of humanity, if he be but born of woman, I will have hope of him yet, because Jesus Christ is come to seek and to save sinners. Electing love has selected some of the worst to be made the best. Pebbles of the brook grace turns into jewels for the crown-royal. Worthless dross he transforms into pure gold. Redeeming love has set apart many of the worst of mankind to be the reward of the Saviour’s passion. Effectual grace calls forth many of the vilest of the vile to sit at the table of mercy, and therefore let none despair.

Reader, by that love looking out of Jesus’ tearful eyes, by that love streaming from those bleeding wounds, by that faithful love, that strong love, that pure, disinterested, and abiding love; by the heart and by the bowels of the Saviour’s compassion, we conjure you turn not away as though it were nothing to you; but believe on him and you shall be saved. Trust your soul with him and he will bring you to his Father’s right hand in glory everlasting.



“I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22

Paul’s great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our Christian labours been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man’s natural state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant. To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labours and self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.

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Revelation Of God’s Word By The Holy Spirit

John 14:26              King James Version (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Thank you Father for the guidance of you Holy Spirit and the revelation of your Holy Word by Him!  Your name be praised and revered.  Amen.


“But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.”
1 Samuel 13:20

We are engaged in a great war with the Philistines of evil. Every weapon within our reach must be used. Preaching, teaching, praying, giving, all must be brought into action, and talents which have been thought too mean for service, must now be employed. Coulter, and axe, and mattock, may all be useful in slaying Philistines; rough tools may deal hard blows, and killing need not be elegantly done, so long as it is done effectually. Each moment of time, in season or out of season; each fragment of ability, educated or untutored; each opportunity, favourable or unfavourable, must be used, for our foes are many and our force but slender.

Most of our tools want sharpening; we need quickness of perception, tact, energy, promptness, in a word, complete adaptation for the Lord’s work. Practical common sense is a very scarce thing among the conductors of Christian enterprises. We might learn from our enemies if we would, and so make the Philistines sharpen our weapons. This morning let us note enough to sharpen our zeal during this day by the aid of the Holy Spirit. See the energy of the Papists, how they compass sea and land to make one proselyte, are they to monopolize all the earnestness? Mark the heathen devotees, what tortures they endure in the service of their idols! are they alone to exhibit patience and self-sacrifice? Observe the prince of darkness, how persevering in his endeavours, how unabashed in his attempts, how daring in his plans, how thoughtful in his plots, how energetic in all! The devils are united as one man in their infamous rebellion, while we believers in Jesus are divided in our service of God, and scarcely ever work with unanimity. O that from Satan’s infernal industry we may learn to go about like good Samaritans, seeking whom we may bless!


“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
Ephesians 3:8

The apostle Paul felt it a great privilege to be allowed to preach the gospel. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered upon it with intense delight. Yet while Paul was thus thankful for his office, his success in it greatly humbled him. The fuller a vessel becomes, the deeper it sinks in the water. Idlers may indulge a fond conceit of their abilities, because they are untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weakness. If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus. If you would feel how utterly powerless you are apart from the living God, attempt especially the great work of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ, and you will know, as you never knew before, what a weak unworthy thing you are. Although the apostle thus knew and confessed his weakness, he was never perplexed as to the subject of his ministry. From his first sermon to his last, Paul preached Christ, and nothing but Christ. He lifted up the cross, and extolled the Son of God who bled thereon. Follow his example in all your personal efforts to spread the glad tidings of salvation, and let “Christ and him crucified” be your ever recurring theme. The Christian should be like those lovely spring flowers which, when the sun is shining, open their golden cups, as if saying, “Fill us with thy beams!” but when the sun is hidden behind a cloud, they close their cups and droop their heads. So should the Christian feel the sweet influence of Jesus; Jesus must be his sun, and he must be the flower which yields itself to the Sun of Righteousness. Oh! to speak of Christ alone, this is the subject which is both “seed for the sower, and bread for the eater.” This is the live coal for the lip of the speaker, and the master-key to the heart of the hearer.

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JOHN 3:16

JOHN 3:16

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“Bear you one another ’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ…Every man shall bear his own burden.”
Galatians 6:2, 5.
OBSERVE, dear Friends, that the Apostle says in the second verse of this chapter, “Bear you one another’s burdens,
and so fulfill the law of Christ.” These Galatians had been trying to bear the heavy burden of the Law of Moses. They
had, as far as they could, put themselves, again, under the old Ceremonial Law. They had forsaken the Gospel way of
justification by faith and had sought to be made perfect by their personal obedience to the Law of God. Now, the Apostle,
as though he would expel one affection by another, says, “You want a law? You wish to be under a law? Well, here is
the law of Christ—yield yourselves to it! Instead of observing the outward ceremonies of the Levitical law, here is a living
law which touches the heart and influences the life—obey that law. You are Christians. You have come under law to
Christ by the very fact that you are not your own, but have been bought with a price by Him—now see to it that you
yield implicit obedience to the law of Christ.”
It is somewhat remarkable, I think, that many of those who are self-righteous and apparently pay much regard to the
Law of Moses are usually quite forgetful of that which is the very essence and spirit of that Law. They are so righteous
that they become stern, severe, censorious—which is being unrighteous—for the righteousness even of the Law of God is
a righteousness of love, “for all the law is fulfilled in one word,” that is, “love.” A self-righteous man is not generally a
man with a tender spirit. He looks at that which is hard and stern in the Law and he begins to be hard and stern himself—
there is none of the softness, sweetness, gentleness and graciousness which even the Law, itself, required when it
said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with
all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Paul did well, in the mood in which the Galatians were—as they wanted
to be under law, to remind them of what is the essence of the Law of God and he did still better by reminding them that
they were under law—to Christ, whose law emphasizes the love which even Moses, himself, had taught under the old dispensation!
These Galatians had most foolishly sought to burden themselves with a load which neither they nor their fathers
were able to bear. After being set free by the Gospel, they had gone back to the yoke of bondage, so the Apostle, in effect
said to them, “As you have been so bewitched and fascinated that you want burdens to rest upon you, here are burdens
for you—‘Bear you one another’s burdens.’ And, as you want law, here is law for you—so fulfill the law of Christ.” It
was characteristic of that sacred craftiness, that holy ingenuity, which was so conspicuous in the Apostle Paul that he
worded his argument thus, that he might draw the attention of these Galatians to it, fix it upon their memories and, if
possible, reach and influence their consciences.
Should there be any of you here who desire to come under the yoke of bondage, or who wish to be burden-bearers, or
who find great music in the word, “law,” I hope you will discover all these things in the text. I see in it, first of all, community—“
Bear you one another’s burdens.” Then the latter part of the text teaches us immunity. You are not bound to
consider other people’s burdens so much as your own, that you become responsible for them. No, “every man shall bear
his own burden.” Then the third point, which will be a further opening up of the fifth verse, will be personality: “Every
man shall bear his own burden.”

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I. First, I see, in the text, A MARVELOUS COMMUNITY. “Bear you one another’s burdens.” What does this
Well, dealing with it first, negatively, it does not mean that we are to burden one another. There are some whose religion
consists in laying heavy burdens upon other men’s shoulders while they, themselves, will not carry them for a single
yard. You recollect that sect of Pharisees with whom our Master was always in conflict—they have their representatives
in these modern times. Why, even this text, itself, is twisted by some into a reason for burdening others. “‘Bear you
one another’s burdens,’” they say —“do you not see, Friend, that you have to help me?” Yes, friend number one, but do
you not see that you are not to go and burden that other friend? It is true that you have to bear his burdens. Let the first
application of this passage be to yourself, and be not eager to apply it to your neighbor from whom you want to draw
something. You have begun by violating the spirit of the text, not only by not bearing your brother’s burden, but also
by thrusting upon him your own burden without taking his in exchange! I say this because I have often found that men
naturally draw this inference—“We are to help one another, therefore, please help me.” The proper inference would be,
“We are to help one another—where is the man whom I am to help?” Is not that the most logical conclusion from the
text? Yet such is the selfishness of our nature that we begin straightway to say, “This text is a cow, I will milk it,” not,
“this text gives me something to do, so I will do it,” but, “This text gives me a chance of getting something and I am
going to get it.” If you talk like that, it proves that you are out of gear with the text and have not entered into the spirit
of it at all.
The text does not mean that we are to spy out our brother’s faults. Its context shows that the word, “burdens,” here
means, “faults.” “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of
meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear you one another’s burdens.” To a good man, a fault is a
burden. The worst burden that he has to carry is the fact that he is not perfect—that is what troubles him. Now, you and
I are not to go about the world spying out everybody else’s faults. “He is an excellent man,” says one, “but.” Now stop
there! You have said already quite enough, you will spoil it if you say another word. “Ah,” says another, concerning
someone else, “she is an admirable woman, an earnest worker for the Savior.” Stop there! I know what you are going to
say something that might make it seem that you are about as good as she is and perhaps a little better, and you are afraid
that the light of your star would not be seen unless you first covered up that other star! But it must not be so! “Bear you
one another’s burdens.” Bear with one another’s faults, but spy not out one another’s faults.
I think I have heard a story of Mr. Wesley going several times to a certain town where he thought that there was a
band of earnest Christian people, but he was met by a Brother who told him how dead they all were, what little life there
was in their Prayer Meetings and how much of inconsistency there was among them. When he got there, he did not notice
anything of this sort, so, the third time he went, he said to this Brother, “How is it that you always meet me and tell me
of these things about the Brethren! Nobody else ever seems to say it.” “Well, you see,” he said, “Mr. Wesley, I have a rare
gift of discerning spirits.” “Oh,” said the good man, “then wrap that talent up in a napkin and bury it, and you will have
done the best thing possible with it. The Lord will never ask you what you have done with it if you will only keep it to
yourself.” I believe that there was great wisdom in that advice. There are still some who have only that gift of spying out
other men’s faults. That is shocking, dreadful, horrible! So, after all that, my Brother, shut your eyes and bend your
back. If you know that the burden is there, bow down to help bear it, but do not stand and point at it, and seem as if you
wished to do that Brother a discredit.
Further, the text does not mean that we are to despise those who have heavy burdens to bear. For instance, those
who have the grievous burden of poverty. “Oh,” some say, “there is a large number of persons attending at such-andsuch
a place, but they are all poor people.” So you think little of poor people, do you? Then what poor souls you must
be! “Oh, but,” says one, “such-and-such a person is always afflicted and very sad.” And do you despise the afflicted, especially
the mentally afflicted, the desponding, the sorrowful among God’s people? Do you turn away from them and say,
“I cannot endure talking with persons of that sort—they are so sad in temperament and disposition”? But the Apostle
says, “Bear you one another’s burdens,” which means—do not run away from other people because you see that they are
burdened. If you say, “I like to be with the cheerful and the happy, I cannot go and spend my life in comforting the
mourners in Zion”—is that mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who was meek and lowly, and who did not break
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sympathy with the sorrowful! No doubt it will drag our own spirits down if we really have fellowship with those whom
God has sorely afflicted in mind, but we must be willing to be dragged down—it will do us good! If the Lord sees that we
are willing to stoop to the very least of His people, He will be sure to bless us. I sometimes like to sing that verse that Dr.
Doddridge wrote, and I hope I can sing it truly—
“Have You a lamb in all Your flock
I would disdain to feed?
Have You a foe, before whose face
I fear Your cause to plead?”
The second half of the verse is much easier than the first half. You might be able to stand up like young David before
Goliath, himself, for there is something grand and noble in such an action as that. But to go looking after the poor little
lambs of the flock that scarcely seem as if they are alive, is quite another matter. Yet that is what the text means—“Bear
you one another’s burdens.” Carry the lambs in your bosom, be tender to such as are afflicted. Be, as your Master was, of
a gentle, loving spirit, seeking to bear the infirmities of the weak, especially you who are strong, for, if you are like those
fat cattle described by the Lord in the prophecy of Ezekiel that thrust the lean cattle with side and with shoulder, and
pushed with their horns those of the herd that were sickly, then the Lord will order you to be taken to the slaughterhouse,
for that is the lot of the fed beasts that are so big and brutal! The tall tree is uprooted in the breeze which only
bends the lowly willow. Blessed are they who never exalt themselves over the weak and afflicted among the children of
Nor do I think, dear Friends, that our text could be made to mean that any of us may dare to live as if all things existed
for our own use. Are there not some people who seem to feel that they are the center of all creation and that all
things were created for their honor and glory? The working people round about them are so many “hands” to be employed
by them at the lowest possible rate. The whole stream of trade must be so directed as to conduct the golden liquid
into their capacious reservoirs. Politics and everything else must be so arranged that they shall prosper, whoever else may
suffer loss. As they go through the world, their great concern is to mind the main chance. “Every man for himself,” is the
motto of their lives and they try to get as much as they can—and to keep as much as they can. Perhaps even their benevolence
is only self-indulgence thinly veiled, for they give alms that they may be seen of men.
There are some Christian people—at least, I call them Christians by courtesy—whose main thought is about saving
their own souls. Their favorite hymn is not in “Our Own Hymn Book”—
“A change to keep I have,
A God to glorify—
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.”
That is nothing but a kind of spiritual selfishness—living unto yourself! There is something that you want to get and
that something is what you strive after. Blessed is that man who is saved beyond all fear and who, for the love he bears his
Lord, lives wholly and only to prove the power of the Grace of God that has been bestowed upon him—and earnestly
seeks to be the means of saving the souls of others. The Doctrines of Grace do this for us, by delivering us from all fear
with regard to the future and fixing us firmly upon the Rock of Ages. They turn our thoughts away from self to the service
and the glory of our God. I delight to sing—
“‘Tis done! The great transaction ’s done.
I am my Lord ’s, and He is mine”
and to feel that as He will never lose me, nor permit me to lose Him, I can turn all my thoughts to the rescue of my fellowsinners
who are going down into the Pit. If God shall grant us Grace to enter into the true spirit of the Gospel, having
been delivered from every burden—both of this life and of that which is to come—we shall be prepared to bear one
another’s burdens and so to fulfill the law of that Christ who has set us free from the law of sin and death which was in
our members.
I have thus shown you, negatively, what the text does not mean.
But, dear Friends, to take our text positively, we can see that it must mean, first, that we are to have great compassion
upon those who are bearing the burden of sin. You cannot bear the burden of their sins for them—only Christ can
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Lord and the poor creature is in great sorrow of heart. Get alongside that burdened one and say, “Now, dear Friend, I
am very sorry for you. I feel as burdened about you as if it were my own soul, not yours, that was in trouble.” Ask the
Lord to help you when you have left that person—after speaking with much prayer and many tears, go home so grieved
that you cannot sleep and keep on crying to God in secret about that soul. Then, when you get up in the morning with no
burden concerning your own soul, because God has saved you, still feel that you have to carry the burden of this poor
soul who does not know the Lord and, at last, you get to feel as if you could not live if that soul did not also live! If it will
not repent, you seem to feel the burden of its guilt. If it will not believe in Christ, you wish you could believe for it. Of
course you cannot repent and believe for it, but you can believe about it and you can, by faith and prayer, bring it to Jesus’
feet and lay it there! The Holy Spirit often draws sinners to the Savior by means of the love of Christians. We can love
them to Christ and if we love them as the Apostle Paul did when he travailed in birth for them until Christ was formed in
them, it will not be long before we shall see them converted. I am sure that it is so—and that one great secret of soulwinning
lies in the bearing of the burdens of the unconverted.
But we must take special care, dear Friends, that we do this in the case of backsliders because the text, in its context,
alludes to them most particularly—“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such an one
in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear you one another’s burdens.” If that backslider
has been awakened to a sense of his true condition, he will feel very unhappy—so be very sympathetic towards him.
He may be afraid to come back into membership with the church—if so, go after him and encourage him to return. If he
says, “I have brought disgrace upon the name of Christ,” try to bear part of the shame that he feels. If he says, “I cannot
face So-and-So,” say to him, “I will stand between you. Or I will go and plead for you.” Take to yourself, as far as you
can, the shame and the disgrace which belong to the backslider. Try to get right into his place. I am sure that there is no
other way of setting broken bones that is equal to this. There is no way of bringing back the wandering sheep like that
which the good shepherd took when he lifted the poor creature right up on his own shoulders. It was too worn and weak,
and weary for him to lead it back, or drive it back, so he carried it all the way! And, Brothers and Sisters, let us carry the
backsliders on our own shoulders in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. As far as it is possible, let us compel them to come
in once more that God’s House may be filled—and let us take the burden of their grief and of their shame, upon ourselves.
Thus shall we carry out the injunction of the text—“Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Next, the text seems to me to mean, “Be very patient with the infirmities of your brethren.” “Oh, but, So-and-So is
very quick tempered!” I hope that it is a burden to him to be quick tempered and if so, that is an additional reason why
you should bear with him. “But So-and-So is really very bitter in spirit.” Yes, alas, there are still some people of that
sort, but you are to bear with them. I hope it is a burden to them if they have even a tinge of bitterness in their nature, so
bear with it. “I do not see why I should,” says one. Well, then, open your eyes and read the text! “And so fulfill the law of
Christ.” If the Lord Jesus Christ can put up with you, you ought to be able to put up with anybody! “Oh, but some
people are so exacting!” Yes, some of you know that I am sometimes very exacting. When I am suffering very greatly from
gout, if anybody walks heavily and noisily across the room, it gives me pain. Well, then, what do you think happens?
Why, they go across the room on tiptoe—they do not say to one another, “We cannot help it that he is ill and that our
noise gives him pain. We shall walk just as we always do—we have a right to walk like that.” No, no, they do not need
even to be asked to move about quietly, but they say, “Poor man, he is so ill that we must be as gentle as we can with
him.” Could not you look in that kind of spirit upon Brothers and Sisters who are not quite all that you would like them
to be, and say, “They are not well spiritually,” and deal very gently with them, “and so fulfill the law of Christ”? We
who are Christians are to live together in Heaven forever, so do not let us fall out by the way. Come, my Brother, I have
to bear a great deal from you and you have to bear a great deal from me, so let it be give and take all the way through.
“Bear you one another’s burdens,” not I bear yours without you bearing mine, but I bear yours and you bear mine—you
put up with me, and I put up with you. And in that way we shall both “fulfill the law of Christ.”
Does not the text also mean that we are to bear one another’s burdens by having a deep sympathy with one another
in times of sorrow? Oh, for a sympathetic heart! Seek after it, beloved Christians! Seek to have large hearts and tender
hearts, for the world is full of sorrow and one of the sweetest balms to sorrow is the sympathy of Christ flowing through
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But this sympathy must show itself by actual assistance, rendered wherever it is possible. “Bear you one another’s
burdens.” Let the burden of poverty be borne by those of you who have no poverty of your own. Succor your brethren in
their times of need. Light their candle when their house grows dark. Blessed are those men and women who addict themselves
to the ministry of the saints and who seek, wherever they can, to lighten the burdens of life for their fellow-
Christians, lending their shoulders whenever they can give support to the weak.
Brothers and Sisters, we should also bear one another’s spiritual burdens by helping one another in our soulstruggles.
I am afraid that in some places of worship Christian men and women come up to the House of Prayer and go
home again without ever speaking to one another! I do not think that is the case, here, but it is the case in many places,
especially in very respectable places of worship. There they go in and out as if they were all self-contained and could not
speak to one another, especially if they happen to be half-sovereign people and a half-crown person is anywhere near—
they cannot speak to him at all. This is all contrary to the mind of Christ. In our Church fellowship, there should be real
fellowship and we should converse with one another. In the olden times, “They that feared the Lord spoke often, one to
another,” and Christian people should do the same today—and you who are elders in the church might often say a word
that would help a poor young friend who is struggling to do right. You who are joyous might often lend some of your
sunbeams to those who are in the dark. And you ought to do so—it would be to your own profit as well as to the profit
of others. Trade produces wealth and the inter-trading of Christians, exchanging their good things, one with the other,
would tend to the spiritual enrichment of the entire body. God help you to do so by fellowship with one another!
“Bear you one another’s burdens” also by much prayer for the other. When you have prayed for yourself, do not end
your supplication. Keep a little list of people to be prayed for and try to put down, on your list, certain things which you
know trouble them and which also trouble you—and bring them before the Lord. In some way or other, bear you those
burdens which God lays upon your brethren!
II. The time flies so quickly that I can only speak very briefly upon the second point, that is, IMMUNITY. “For
every man shall bear his own burden.”
Let us always, for our comfort, remember that there is a point beyond which we cannot go in bearing one another’s
burdens. After you have prayed for anyone and conversed with him—and he still continues in sin, you are ready to break
your heart about him. Yes, it is right to feel like that, but do not be so unwise as to take his sin actually to yourself. If
you have warned, prayed, instructed and set a godly example—and men will still sin—their sin is their own and their
blood will be upon their own head.
And, next, do not take the shame of other people’s sins upon yourself beyond a certain point. I have known a good
man ashamed to come to the House of God because his son had disgraced himself. Well, his sin does dishonor his father,
but, still, as you did not commit the sin and you did not do anything to contribute to it, do not feel ashamed as that! I
have known some Christian people very seriously injured by the shame which they have felt because some distant relative
or some near relative has misbehaved himself. Go to God with it, but recollect that it is not your sin and it is not your
shame, either. Bear it so as to sympathize and pray about it, but not so as to be, yourself, ashamed and depressed because
of it!
Remember, also, that we cannot take other people’s responsibilities upon ourselves. I am responsible for faithfully
preaching the Gospel, but I am not responsible for your reception of it. If I preach the Truth of God and there is not a
soul saved by it, I am not responsible for that. And if you, dear teacher in the Sunday school or if any of you Christian
workers have labored in vain, if you have been faithful to God, I do not think that will happen—but if it does and it may
happen in some measure—do not seem to bear that responsibility, for the text says, “Every man shall bear his own burden.”
I find it difficult to make young Brothers, when they begin to preach, feel sufficiently the burden of souls. But
every now and then, I have met with a Brother who has felt the burden of souls so much that he has scarcely been able to
preach at all! That is a pity, because, after all, the salvation of souls lies not with us, but with God. And if we have faithfully
declared the whole counsel of God and can call God to witness that we have not kept back anything of His Truth
that we knew, or failed in faithfulness or earnestness, we must leave the matter there and fall back upon the eternal purpose
of God and throw the responsibility of the result upon our unbelieving hearers.
III. I have not time to speak as I would like upon the last point. That is, PERSONALITY. “Every man shall bear his
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That is to say, every man, if he has any religion at all, must have personal religion. You cannot get to Heaven by
your mother’s godliness, or by your father’s graciousness—there must be a work of Grace in your own souls. No man
can be a sponsor for another in spiritual things. There is no more gigantic lie than that one person should promise that
another shall do this and that, which he cannot even do himself! No, “every man shall bear his own burden.” Everyone
must come, with his own sin, to his own Savior and, by his own act of faith, must find peace through the blood of Jesus
Christ. Do not trust to any national religion, for it is utterly worthless. It is only personal religion that can save you. If
the blood of saints is flowing in your veins, it brings you nothing except greater responsibility, for salvation is not of
blood, nor of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God, and of God alone.
And every man should bear his own burden by personal self-examination. I would never think of asking another man
to give me his opinion of me and I hope you will not do so. Search your own souls, “examine yourselves, whether you are
in the faith.” “Oh, I do not like self-examination!” says one. So the bankrupt said—he did not like casting up his accounts.
But when a man in business does not cast his accounts up, his accounts will soon cast him up—and when a man
does not like to examine his own heart, depend upon it, the time will come when Another will examine him and he will be
found lacking and be cast away as worthless!
Next, this text means that there must be personal service. “Every man shall bear his own burden.” That is, if you and
I are saved, we must, each one, have a work of his own and we must set to work and do it personally. The Lord has put
each one of us into a position where there is something we can do which nobody else can do—and we are bound to do it
and not to begin thinking of how little others do, or how much others do, but to say to our Lord, “What will You have
me do?” Let each Christian Levite bow his shoulder and carry some burden for the Lord’s House.
And every man should make a personal effort to bear his own burden. We have a certain number of persons about
who seem as if they never can do anything for themselves—they have to be carried wherever they go. I think I have told
you of a set of portraits that I have at home—they represent my two sons, taken on their birthdays while they were quite
little boys, and then taken every birthday till they had grown to be young men. Well, at first, they are in a baby carriage
and it is very interesting to see how they have grown every year. But there are some of you who have been in baby carriages
ever since I knew you—and you are still in baby carriages—and I have to keep wheeling you about! Oh, I wish
you would grow up! We are all pleased to have dear little children and we do not mind how little they are at first. But if,
after they were fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, or 20 years old, our boys were the same size as they were when they were a year
old, we should feel that we were the parents of poor little dwarfs and it would be a great trial to us. And it is a great trial
to us spiritual parents when we are the fathers of dwarfs! Oh, that you would grow up, Brothers and Sisters! God help
you to grow out of yourselves, your inactivity and your listlessness, that every man and woman shall say, “I am big
enough to bear my own burden. By the goodness of God, I will get so much Grace and so much help that I will do some
work for the Lord, and do it thoroughly. I will bear my own burden—not sit on the top of it and fret and cry, and ask
somebody else to bear it for me—but I will bear my own burden.”
I will finish by saying that the text indicates that everybody has own burden. “Every man shall bear his own burden.”
You look at somebody else and you say, “Ah, I wish I had his load to carry!” I do not think that I ever met with
more than one person in the world with whom, upon mature consideration, I would change places in all respects. I have
thought, once or twice, that I might do so, but soon there has been a hitch somewhere, and I have said, “No, I will go
back into my own shell, after all.” I think, sometimes, that I would not mind changing places with George Muller for
time and for eternity, but I do not know anybody else of whom I would say as much as that. But I daresay that even he has
his own burden, though he has not told me about it when I have talked with him.
And that good woman who always looks so smiling, God bless her! She has a skeleton at home in the closet. And that
good Brother who is always so bright and cheery—yes, he has a burden, too. There is a cross for everyone and I want you
to feel that it is so, because it would take away all thought of envy whenever you meet with another who seems so much
happier than yourself! That Bother has the sense to turn the smooth side of his coat outside—he wears the rough side of
it inwards—a very sensible thing to do. Do not, therefore, begin to say, “Oh, but I am so much worse off than he is!”
You do not know what he has to endure, “for every man shall bear his own burden.” Let us end the whole matter by not
envying others, or caring or wishing to be other people, but just saying, “What can I do to help somebody else? What I
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But what can some of you do in carrying burdens for other people? Why, even while I have been talking, you have
said, “I do not care to do that. What have I to do with other people?” You are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds
of iniquity while you talk like that! Any man who is selfish is an unsaved man, for the chief point in salvation is to save us
from ourselves. As long as you live simply within your own ribs, you live in a dungeon. You will never come into the palace
where the many mansions are—the liberty of our great Father’s House—until you can say, “I love others more than
I love myself. Above all, I love the great Burden-Bearer who took my burden of sin upon His shoulders and carried it up
to the Cross and away from the Cross and now, through love to Him, the love of self is gone and I will live to glorify His
name forever and forever.”
God bless you, for Jesus Christ’s sake! Amen.
GALATIANS 5:13-26; 6:1, 2.
Galatians 5:13. For, brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love, serve one another. Do not turn your liberty into license. The Apostle, in this Epistle, had began urging the
Christians of Galatia to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ had made them free, and never to be, again, entangled
with the yoke of legal bondage. He warned them against that error into which many have fallen. But you know that it is
often our tendency, if we escape from one error, to rush into another. So the Apostle guards these Christian against that
Antinomian spirit which teaches us that freedom from the law allows indulgence in sin—“Use not your liberty for an
occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another.”
14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this—You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Oh, if that “one
word” were so engraved on our hearts as to influence all our lives, what blessed lives of love to God and love to men we
should lead!
15. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another. When dogs and
wolves bite one another, it is according to their nature, but it is indeed bad when sheep take to biting one another. If I
must be bitten at all, let me be bitten by a dog rather than by a sheep. That is to say, the wounds inflicted by the godly
are far more painful to bear and last much longer than those caused by wicked men. Besides, we can say with the Psalmist,
“It was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it.” It is natural that the serpent’s seed should
nibble at our heel and seek to do us injury, but when the bite comes from a Brother—from a child of God—then it is
peculiarly painful. Well might the Apostle write, “If you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed
one of another.” I have lived long enough to see churches absolutely destroyed, not by any external attacks, but by
internal contention.
16. This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If your life is guided by the Spirit
of God—if you are spiritual men and women, and your actions are worked in the power of the Spirit, “you shall not fulfill
the lust of the flesh.”
17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. They will never agree—these two powers
are always contrary, one to the other. If you think that you can help God by getting angry, you make a great mistake.
You cannot fight God’s battles with the devil’s weapons. It is not possible that the power of the flesh should help the
power of the Spirit!
17, 18. And these are contrary, the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you are
led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The Law of God is always to you the blessed rule by which you judge your
conduct, but it is not a law of condemnation to you—neither are you seeking salvation by it.
19-21. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these—Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings
and such like. The list is always too long to be completed! We are obliged to sum up with a kind of et cetera—“and
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21. Of which I tell you beforehand, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit
the Kingdom of God. A very solemn, searching, sweeping declaration! Let each man judge himself by this test! “The
fruit of the Spirit” is equally manifest, as the Apostle goes on to say.
22, 23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law. Neither human nor Divine! Good men make no law against these things, nor does
God, for He approves of them. What a wonderful cluster of the grapes of Eshcol we have here! “The fruit of the Spirit”—
as if all this were but one, after all—many luscious berries forming one great cluster. Oh, that all these things may
be in us and abound, that we may be neither barren nor unfruitful!
24. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. It is not yet dead, but it is crucified.
It hangs up on the cross, straining to break away from the iron hold, but it cannot, for it is doomed to die. Happy,
indeed, shall that day be when it shall be wholly dead.
25, 26. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one
another, envying one another. Do Christian people need to be talked to like this? Yes, they do, for the best of men are but
men at their best—and the godliest saint is liable to fall into the foulest sin unless the Grace of God prevents it. Oh, that
we could expel from the Church of Christ all vain-glorying, all provoking of one another and all envying of one another!
How often, if one Christian Brother does a little more than his fellow workers, they begin to find fault with him! And if
one is blessed with greater success than others are, how frequently that success is disparaged and spoken of slightingly!
This spirit of envy is, more or less, in all of us, and though, perhaps, we are not exhibiting it just now, it only needs a
suitable opportunity for its display and it would be manifested. No man here has any idea of how bad he really is. You do
not know how good the Grace of God can make you, nor how bad you are by nature, nor how bad you might become if
that nature were left to itself!
Galatians 6:1. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault. If he travels so slowly that his faults catch up with him and
knock him down. “If a man is overtaken in a fault.”
1. You who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness. Set his bones for him if they have been broken.
Put him in his proper place again.
1. Considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. What would you wish others to do to you if you were in the position
of this fallen one? The Apostle does not say, “Considering yourself lest you also be overtaken in a fault.” No, but,
“lest you also be tempted”—as much as to say, “It only needs the temptation to come to you and you will yield to it.”
2. Bear you one another’s burdens, and fulfill the law of Christ.
—Adapted from The C. H. Spurgeon Collection, Version 1.0, Ages Software, 1.800.297.4307