Hope for Healing & Faith for Living Podcast
God cares for us and that’s why we are invited to cast our care upon him. But what if we cast our care upon the Lord and they come back? What do we do?
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1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7 casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!” 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. 9 The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Remember the Word of God is God’s revelation to us of his will, both for us to believe and do. We are called to, we are commanded to, cast our care upon Him.
1 Peter 5:7 from the Amplified Bible says, “Casting the [a]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [b]once and for all] on Him,”
It’s God’s will that we make a decision to, once and for all, cast our cares upon him.
Now what if we do that and truly mean it, and believe that we have cast our care upon the Lord, but they seem to come back? When we notice we are starting to again worry, stress and have anxious thoughts what do we do?
I don’t know if you have ever gone fishing but one way to fish is to have a bobber, with a weight and a baited hook. You cast it out on the water and wait as you watch the bobber to see if it bounces up and down or goes under the water. If it does, that means you probably have a fish.
If you have ever fished this way, you have probably noticed something. You can cast your line out with the bobber, weight and hook but after a while it seems to start coming back towards you. It starts to drift back closer and closer. Then, it gets so close that it’s almost back to the shore with you.
What do you do in these situations? You cast it out again.
If you have made the decision to cast your care upon the Lord, by submitting to him, doing what he says in his Word and trusting him with the outcome, but those worries and stress start to come back, what do you do? You cast again!
We all are tempted to fix things ourselves instead of trusting him in obedience and faith. And this can happen so slow and gradually, we don’t even realize we are doing it.
The worry comes back along with the stress and anxiety and before you know it, we are no longer looking to God or keeping our mind on him. If you recognize these things starting to take root, say, “No you don’t! I trust God!” and then you cast your care again.
Let’s say there is something that’s causing you stress. You recognize that stress and purposely respond with the Word of God, declaring it’s truth, that God is faithful and his Word is true for you!
This falls inline with the instructions we read in Philippians Chapter 4 where it tells us what to think about. Part of casting our care is focusing on the Word of God and declaring it’s true for you! We discipline our mind to think on those things which are true, lovely and of good report. God’s Word is all of these things.
And what was the promise given in Scripture when we control our thoughts to think on what God says to think about? He promised that “the God of peace will be with you.”
I want you to see another promise about peace.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
The way we keep that care, that worry and stress from coming back is by keeping our minds on Him, His Word, His Truth, His Report! Amen!
If that care, stress and worry comes back, then we know we became lacks in disciplining our thoughts. We repent, cast our care again and focus on Christ! Amen.
Now I want you to think about things you have worry and stress over. What Scriptures can you meditate on to keep you focused on God and your heart at rest?
You may need to write down the things that worry you and then go find Scriptures that will cause you to be in faith and at peace and write them down beside each thing that causes you stress. Memorize those Scriptures so that you can bring them to mind anytime you need to and win over fear and worry.
Here is an example. Let’s say you have a fear of dying young. How do you overcome that. How do you have victory over this thought? You use faith based on the Word.
They Word says, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.” Psalm 118:17 (NIV)
So you boldly say, “ According to the Word, I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.”
We have our mind on his Word and we speak his Word! One of the best ways to control your thoughts and make sure they line up with God’s Word is to confess his Word again and again.
Remember God, the God of peace, promised to be with us when we do these things. His peace goes beyond explanation. We can have peace in times where people can’t believe how calm and at rest we are. And all the glory goes to God.
He is the God of peace! Amen!
Blessings in Christ,