September 12, 2017

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Cares and worries are not always big major things they can be a lot of small things that just keep piling up. How can you tell if you are carrying some worries and cares? You don’t sleep well. You don’t laugh much. You can’t relax. You don’t enjoy the sunny day. You are suspicious. You tire easily.

Our verse says ‘give’. As a Christian who believes in Jesus and is a follower of Jesus; does that Christian really have a choice about giving worries and cares to God? It sounds like a command to me. Disobedience is the same as rebellion. God’s judgement came on the Israelites because of their rebellion.

Ezekiel 12:2 (NLT) — 2 “Son of man, you live among rebels who have eyes but refuse to see. They have ears but refuse to hear. For they are a rebellious people.

We have heard with our ears our memory verse. What will be do?

1 Corinthians 15:48 (NLT) — 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.

Earthly people are unbelievers; people who don’t follow Jesus. Heavenly people are people who believe in Jesus and obey him.

Our heart does not have the capacity to house worries and cares along with peace and gratefulness. The enemy thrives on worries and cares and Jesus exudes peace and gratefulness. We cannot serve two masters because we will love one and hate the other. If anxiety is our master than Jesus isn’t. Light cannot have fellowship with darkness and where there is light there cannot be darkness.

Matthew 6:24 (NLT) — 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT) — 14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

When you give away your cares and worries you have now made room for peace and gratefulness. It is just like when you give your tithe to the Lord you have drained your heart of stinginess. Or when you give forgiveness you have drained your heart of unforgiveness and grudges.

How can you tell if you have given your worries and cares to God? Lets look at Psalm 54 and see how David handled worries and cares when it came to his enemies.

Psalm 54 (NLT) — For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “We know where David is hiding.” To be accompanied by stringed instruments. 1 Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might. 2 Listen to my prayer, O God. Pay attention to my plea. 3 For strangers are attacking me; violent people are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God. Interlude 4 But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! 5 May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them. Do as you promised and put an end to them. 6 I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 For you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies.

In the first three verses David is worried about what might happen because the Ziphites told Saul where he was hiding. But notice that right in the middle of his worry in the middle of this psalm is this verse of faith (vs.4), trusting in Jesus. In the middle of your life stand in faith relying on God who sustains you and does all things well.

And then to show that he is trusting God he gives God his worries in exchange for God’s promises. And then going one step further he begins to praise and thank God for delivering him even though he hasn’t seen it happen yet! He treats the situation like it is a done deal. And that my friends is how you know that you have given your worry and anxiety to God. You begin to praise him and thank him for rescuing you from you troubles even though it hasn’t yet happened. That is faith in action. The Christian walks by faith not by sight. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) — 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) — 1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see

We have God’s promise that he cares for us. Begin to laugh. Go out and enjoy the sun and exhale deeply.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Anxiety is everywhere. It is a tool of the enemy to get us to mistrust God and His power in our lives. We need to remember that like David we are faced with a spiritual battle and our enemies are real but God has already won the battle. Sometimes I forget to let God fight my battles. Thank you Pastor Dan for reminding me.