Before we can be exalted under the mighty hand of God, we need to clothe ourselves in humility towards one another- THEN cast all our cares, anxieties, worries and concerns before Him… God doesn’t want us to worry about ANYTHING. Trust Him.
What does worry look like, anyway? Well, if you were to ask me this question 12 years ago- I’d say ‘let me open the window of my mind for you to take a peek!’
I used to worry chronically. Truth be told- worry was my number one sin. I wasnt trusting God. I was trying to figure it all out on my own… ‘it‘ meaning life, and the problems of life presenting themselves to me constantly.
Child rearing. Finances. Job. Marriage. Family. Health issues. Yep, I was a chronic worrier.
But it didn’t get me nowhere but more worried, more stressed, and more sick.
By the Word, and the Spirit- and leading how to apply it to my life and learning how to live by faith- I’ve learned how to cast my cares, and refuse to worry…
I love journaling in my Bible, don’t you? I love it when God’s Word speaks to me! Making notations, and dating my thoughts within my Bible helps me track my spiritual development as well as my testimonies!
By the looks of this portion of scripture in 1st Peter chapter 5, it’s evident I’ve spent much time here.
God’s Word IS alive, and ymrhiugh it never changes- it has the power to change us!
Thoughts come to each and every one of us. Something within us attempts to steers us to hit the rewind button in our minds, when what we should do is hit the fast forward button!!!
So many times, common pleasantries say “take care” when parting ways… but this saying is not scriptural!
God tells us the exact opposite!!! He wants us to say “I don’t care”.
Not about people- never does He tell us not to care about people.
He does want us to love people and help care for those in need- that’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m referring to what we should do when the wrong thoughts come to us…
Don’t let your mind become the breeding ground for worry or anxiety… don’t take cares– CAST CARES!
One of the most repeated phrases in the Bible is “do not fear” or “do not be afraid.”
Fear is opposite of faith.
Make a decision to cast worry, fear and anxieties down. Trust in God. His provision. He promises He will provide all (ALL) your needs!
Fill your thoughts and mind instead with the Word of God! Let it filter through into your heart. Begin to dwell there. Meditate there. Begin to rejoice! Grow thankful! Stand in the Word of God!
The moment you pray, believing– your answer is on the way!
So laugh, refresh yourself in the Lord, and lighten up! Think yourself happy!
And one more thing- once you’ve determined to cast your cares and start talking back to those wrong thoughts by saying “I don’t care!!! I refuse to worry, I refuse to fret, I refuse to have anxiety about anything! I cast them to Jesus!” , make up your mind to leave them there!!!
DONT TAKE THEM BACK! Don’t go back to crying and worrying-admit you were concerned and worried (God knows, anyway!), and continue meditating on God’s Word long enough until it’s gone!
Once you’ve given it to God, refuse to take it back! You’re not supposed to be the pack mule for the devil!
Be bold about it! Stand firm! Be sober! Be vigilant! Your adversary the devil is seeking to devour you- but resist him! Stay firm in YOUR own personal faith, and know it’s been handled.
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