Casting all your care upon Him

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

We are called to cast our cares upon the Lord.  One of the great strategies and schemes of the enemy is to overwhelm us with worry and doubt.  The enemy will do all that he can to move our eyes from the Lord to our circumstances.  When our eyes are focused upon our circumstances it is like the 10 spies who went to spy out the promise land and came back with a negative report because their eyes were focused only on the giants that existed in the land.

But we must have the vision of Caleb and Joshua who did not see the giants, but saw what the Lord would do for His people as God fulfilled His plans and His purposes.  In this life we will always have challenges.  On a daily basis the Lord will continue to refine and prune us to bring forth the character and nature of who He is within us.  This journey is one of transformation and transformation only takes place as we are tested and we learn to stand upon the promises of God alone.

Today if you find yourself overcome with worry, doubt, or unbelief, take time to get alone with the Lord in prayer and take time to study His word.  Ask Him for strength and for wisdom and to fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit.  We need to be filled daily with the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to be a witness upon this earth and to live a life of obedience and holiness.

1 Peter 1:8-9

“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭NASB‬‬

We may not see Jesus with our physical eyes, but we believe in Hik with our hearts. To follow Christ is to follow Him on a daily basis. On a daily basis we face different challenge and may even have thoughts of doubts or worry. But this is why we go to God’s word daily. His word transforms our minds and breaks every lie of the enemy. It is the truth that sets us free. It is in Christ alone that we find salvation. It is only the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins. May we hold on to the faith we have and stand strong in the Lord and His mighty power. 

1 Peter 2:15-16

“For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

The freedom we have in Christ is not to be used to indulge in sin and the grace of God is not a license to sin. We are called to be holy because He is holy. People should know that we are followers of Jesus Christ by the way we live our lives. 

In this world we will be persecuted and we will be falsely accused. But we should live our lives in such a way that they are above reproach. The greatest testimony to the truth of God’s word is a life that is transformed and filled with His love, grace, and mercy. 

For you have been called for this purpose

21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 [w]and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself [x]bore our sins in His body on the [y]cross, so that we might die to [z]sin and live to righteousness; for by His [aa]wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and [ab]Guardian of your souls.  1 Peter 2:21-25

Jesus has left us an example of how we are too live our lives.  He never sinned or committed any wrong yet He was hated by many and in the end gave His life so that we would be free.  In this world we will be persecuted and we will be hated.  We must remember that Satan has blinded the minds and hearts of those who live in this world.  He has blinded them and many who are lost see Jesus as the enemy.  The fail to understand His love, grace, and mercy.

Jesus said that broad is the road that leads to destruction and many will find it, narrow is the road that leads to life and few will find it.  The said truth is when we preach the gospel in its purity it will be rejected by many.  People love this world and its wicked ways because the ways of this world are comfortable and appeal to our sinful nature.  But we who are in Christ cannot allow discouragement to fill our hearts.  We must abide in Him daily and fix our mind and our hearts upon Jesus.

Through Christ our sin no longer remains and we are able to go with confidence before the throne of our Father in Heaven.  Daily we must be in prayer and in the study of God’s word.  It is so important for us to meditate upon God’s word and give the study of His word the priority it deserves.  We must guard our hearts from becoming distracted by this world and its ways.  The Lord is coming soon and He is daily preparing His bride for His return.  May we seek Him with our whole heart and simply focus our hearts and minds upon Him alone.