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Running on Empty
Part 1: Overburdened and Underpaid

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Key Thought:

Trusting God with your life is a guarantee to finding relief from your burdens.

Key Scriptures (See bottom of page for full scriptures)

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• Responding to our burdens is a mindset game. When have you seen people respond differently to the same information or situation?

How does time spent with God in His presence bring relief to our burdens?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

• Read the following scriptures: Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 40:29, and Matthew 6:6. It may seem oversimplified, but why is going to Jesus with your burdens the best response?

How does tithing (giving one tenth of your income) connect with trust in God, especially in hard times when we feel overburdened?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

• Think about where you feel burdened. How are you trying to be in control rather than trusting in God’s plan, timing, and resources?

What will you do to let God be in control?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Father God, you are in control of the universe. It is not through our own power that all things were created. While we are created in your image, all that we have and all we have created comes from You. We put our trust in your perfect plan and its perfect timing, and that includes the resources You have given to us. May our faith be strengthened as we bring the tithe to our local church. It is not a transaction, but a demonstration and reminder of our faith that we trust in You, Lord. It is in your Son’s precious name we pray. Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

• If you are not already tithing to your local church, begin the 90-Day Tithing Challenge with Church Unlimited.

Create a time and space where you can connect with God uninterrupted. Stay in His presence until you feel relief as your focus shifts from yourself to Him.


“If my misery could be weighed, if you could pile the whole bitter load on the scales, it would be heavier than all the sand of the sea! Is it any wonder that I’m screaming like a caged cat?” Job 6:2-3MSG

“‘COME to Me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. TAKE My yoke and put it on you, and LEARN from Me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest for your souls. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.’ – Jesus .” Matthew 11:30TEV

“Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 RSV

“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak… Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength.” Isaiah 40:29,31 NLT

“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.” Matthew 6:6 MSG

“Take My yoke upon you…” Matthew 11:29aNIV

“For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 NIV (“For My yoke fits perfectly” NLT)

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders. He’ll carry your load and help you out.” Psalm 55:22 MSG

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 NIV

“Our lives get in step with God by letting Him set the pace.” Romans 3:28 MSG

“When I am ready to give up, He knows what I should do.” Psalm 142:3 GN

“...Learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29b NIV

“Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way?” Proverbs 20:24 TLB

“Jesus personally carried the load of our sins in His own body when He died on the cross so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on.” 1 Peter 2:24 TLB

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:8-10 ESV

“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.” Deuteronomy 11:26-27 NLT

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