This is the third time that I have attempted to add more thoughts to this blog. The first two just weren’t right. Maybe this won’t be either. But it’s a shot anyway.
I am not God’s avenging angel. As much as I hope that we can put John Price away, as much as I want to (at the very least) prevent him from ever gaining another ministry, and as much as I would like to see him pay for his crimes, that is not and cannot be my focus any longer. I have one more thing that I need to do regarding John Price himself, and that is to deal with his current pastor, Pastor ... of ... Church, where John Price is the assistant pastor. I will be dealing with him shortly.
But besides that, I must move on to the real need. Since writing my original article exposing John Price, I have been overwhelmed by the comments, private e-mails, phone calls, and conversations regarding this issue. Many of you are hurt. Some can never trust another pastor. Some have fallen away from God because of Freedom Baptist Church.
I want to help you. I wish that I could help you. I wish that I could take that burden away, flush it down the toilet, and make it never come back. But I can’t do that. I find myself completely powerless to make a difference in your heart or in your thoughts.
Proverbs 12:25 says, Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Many of you can vouch for the first part of this verse. You know what heaviness is. You can testify that heaviness makes your heart stoop. Many times, you have cried out to God for help and deliverance. Often you have wished for healing. Yet, you have often despaired of ever finding any sort of recovery. Healing seems impossible.
Our burdens are too heavy for us to carry. And that is why Christ calls for us to cast our burden on him (Psalm 55:22; I Peter 5:7). He cares for you. He will sustain you. He will not suffer the righteous to be moved.
The purpose of this post is not to encourage you to “picture a great big balloon, and then picture all your troubles, and then blow them into that balloon, and then blow again, and then blow again until all your problems and all your troubles are in that balloon, and then tie them up inside the balloon, and then let the balloon go, and watch that balloon fly away with all your troubles.” First, no balloon can carry away your troubles, and no balloon can be trusted not to fly up for awhile, but somehow to make it back to your lap. Secondly, because that would be asking a balloon to do what only God can do… namely, to take away all your anxieties and all your cares. My purpose is to encourage you to focus on Christ.
Picture all those worries, all those troubles and all those problems. Get them in your mind. Dredge them up if you need to. Now picture Jesus Christ. Put all those burdens on him. That is what he says to do. They are too heavy for you to carry. They stoop your heart. They make you so that you cannot stand up straight. Put them all on him. Don’t hold on to any. I know that he does not deserve to carry them. He did not deserve to be punished for the sins of the whole world either. But he was. That was His choice. And it is His choice to take your burdens as well. So put them on Him. They do not stoop Him over. He takes them, no matter how heavy they are, and He carries them. And He is able to do this.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:7
…the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
God promises freedom. That freedom is found in Jesus Christ. If Christ is able to remove your sins, and all of your sins from you, then He is able to remove your sorrows as well. So, go ahead. Put it on him. He is able to deliver thee.
This post was edited by the author on March 21, 2012. Names were removed.
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