that include passages about burden bearing.
Some have inadvertently revealed how little they really understand about
this most mystical and mysterious of the Lord’s callings upon our lives. Carol Brown has written a comprehensive tome
replete with comprehension because she has lived burden bearing from its
bumbling beginnings in her heart to its climax in expertise. She knows the subject inside out, and so will
you if you persevere not only in the reading but in the practice of burden
bearing prayer and ministry.
4:6). As the Holy Spirit has tumbled us
into new revelations and gifts, increasingly since the middle of the twentieth
century as Joel 2:28 is being fulfilled before our wondering eyes, we have all
come to understand that Bible text experientially, sometimes ruefully. It seems we can’t enter into anything new in
the Spirit without suffering the pains of trial and error. Which is probably the Lord’s providential
wisdom, else how would we come to fully own what He wants us to know? Pearls are the symbol of wisdom because when
a grain of sand irritates an oyster, it works to cover it, and beauty is
formed. So it is with us.
bearing, though a most basic calling for all Christians, has been almost
totally neglected by Christian teachers, and very little understood by
most—teachers and pupils alike. The
depths of it remain new revelation to all but a miniscule portion of the Body
of Christ. Now comes Carol Brown,
uniquely prepared by the route of trial and error and the fires of the illness
of MS to expose the secrets, and joys, of burden bearing to the Body of Christ.
As readers will learn, burden bearing is not something
exotic and thus the exclusive property of a few elite. It is a calling upon us all, and an elevation
into ministry to the very heart of our loving Lord Jesus Himself, a constant
practice in the art of loving others as Jesus loves, a supreme labor that is
love itself. As Galatians 6:2 tells us,
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thus
fulfill the law of Christ” (emphasis mine).
The law of Christ is to love as He loved, which is to lay our lives down
for each other. Hopefully you will come
to appreciate the fullness of what that means as you read and put into practice
what you learn here.
and high calling, it can to that degree be subject to error and consequent
suffering. Carol makes that abundantly
clear throughout her book, and teaches how to avoid pitfalls and bear burdens
rightly in our Lord Jesus. You may find
great relief as Carol explains the dynamics of burden bearing in marriages and
other close relationships (in Chapters 5 & 6).
For more than forty years Paula and I have pioneered in the
discovery and teaching of inner healing.
Know then our qualification when we say that except possibly for the
field of deliverance ministry, we know of no other calling more fraught with
pains and aches from lack of knowledge than the field of burden bearing! That is one reason why Carol Brown’s book on
burden bearing is so timely and so desperately needful for the Church in these
days, as the Lord purifies His servants a la Malachi 3 for ministry to His
broken and tattered world. We are going
to have to know the rightness and the pitfalls of burden bearing intercession
and ministry as the times crescendo to mountains of need and the Lord calls His
own to stand in the gap for the multitudes.
And as He trains us for the coming greatest revival in all of history.
“Faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:7). We all know that. But how often did Jesus say, “Let him who has
ears to hear, hear”? Many if not most
peoples’ hearts are too laden and confused for the mind to hear the good news
of the gospel. Therefore, all too often
the preaching of the “word of Christ” falls on deaf ears. There has never yet been a great revival
without first great intercessory prayers. Burden-bearing intercession uniquely prepares
the hearts of people to hear God’s word and respond. If multitudes are to be converted, and then
healed unto salvation, thousands, even millions, must come to join the ranks of
God’s burden bearing intercessors.
And beyond the great revival, as the prophesied tribulations
of the end time increase exponentially, we are going to have to have an
increasing army, a vast host, who know how to stand for the Lord in burden
bearing intercession and ministry for the transformation of the Father’s broken
children. Today, there are yet too few.
You are being led onto the ground floor of the vast newness God is
building. You are privileged to be part
of it, partners with Him in the coming glory. Therefore, study to show yourselves
worthy…this book is full of revelation. John Sandford, founder, Elijah House Ministries.