Monday, June 17, 2013
It's time to stop worrying!
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)
Worry! We, all, have to deal with it. In order to address the subject of worry, let's define it---What is it? It is allowing one's mind to dwell with difficulties or troubles. In other words, when you are thinking about the problems in life, that is worry.
I understand that in this age and time, we live in a challenging world. The job market is uncertain. Sometimes, our children may give us troubles. Other times, it may be a doctor's report. Circumstances in life can cause us to lose our joy and fall into despair, but here God is offering us a way out. Let's look at some interesting highlights of I Peter 5:7.
What is the meaning behind the word casting? Casting means to throw. It is the same as a fisherman throwing the net over the sea to catch fishes. Another definition is to put on. Like putting something on a table or on a shelf.
The word care means worries and anxieties. Let's be real, all of us, have in one way or another given place to worry. You would not be human if you did not worry. God's word for today is to throw or place your worries on him. When a fisherman throws a net to the sea, sooner or later, he will reap the rewards of his labor.
The word says to labor to enter into his rest.(Heb 4:11) Why is it a labor? Because to address or take out the thoughts of worry, it is work. You have to bring down those thoughts. Bind those thoughts and loose the mind of Christ! (Matt 18:18) You have to start taking the thoughts of Christ! Just as a fisherman labors long hours to get that net just right to catch his reward, we need to spend our time renewing our minds.
It is interesting that God's word tells us that we have THE MIND OF CHRIST. Think about what an awesome statement that is---You have the MIND OF CHRIST(If you are saved!) Christ means the anointing that destroys yokes and lifts up burdens. It has been said that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is, also, sad that the average human being uses just less than 10% of their minds.
Imagine what the mind of Christ can do for you? You ought to be shouting and praising God! It provides you with the answers you need, but why aren't we operating in that mindset? Because we are not letting his mind be in us! We are too full of fear and worry! (Phil 2:5)
When you are full of worry and anxieties, you are operating in a spirit of pride. Take some time to read and meditate on I Peter 5:5-7. It talks about humility and grace. We, all need, grace! When you take upon yourself the worries and anxieties of life, you are telling God---I got it! No. Throw it upon the Lord. Forget about it! Don't worry, be happy!
God's word is so powerful that it can change things. When we meditate on the answer instead of the problems. When we speak God's word to the circumstances, the circumstances will have to bow down and conform to God's word. Just because something is a fact does not mean it is true. God's word, which is truth, can change your circumstances. Abraham did it and it revolutionize his life. His obedience and trust in the Lord created a nation. What can you do with God's word? Meditate on God's word and find out what he has in store for you!