When last we spoke our discussion was focused upon casting our cares.
None of us need to weigh ourselves down with emotional baggage. We don’t have to carry the burden of our worries. Nor must we submit to the bondage of fear, self doubt or loathing.
God is willing to release us from all of it. By taking all of our anxiety and concerns upon Himself.
So what exactly are your cares? They are different for each and every one of us, but can generally be understood as our personal fears, worries, doubts, anxieties, or troubles.
By handing them off to the Lord we are demonstrating trust in God that He is able and willing to deal with our concerns.
I hear some of you saying something similar to ( if not exactly as) ‘easier said, than done’. True but “Becoming” as we have well established by now involves work. Sometimes arduous labor. Making deep commitments and then elevating that dedication to the level of covenants.
Now there are some steps to adopting this practice and making it a positive habitual routine of our daily living.
That’s why this week we shall delve deeply into our need for and our responsibilities to “Let go and Let God,” here on “Becoming Today”.
To cast your cares upon God is truly an accountable measurable leap of faith. I have never said it would be easy nonetheless it is required for our shared paths.
Let’s get started the first step to releasing your anxiety is, stopping it before it starts.
As Joyce Meyer has taught for so many years ( so many in fact she began in the last century, LOL) much of our troubles is a result of the Battlefield of the Mind.
“One thing the Lord spoke to my heart when He began to teach me about the battlefield of the mind became a major turning point for me.
He said, ‘Think about what you’re thinking about.‘
As I began to do so, it was not long before I began to see why I was having so much trouble in my life.”Joyce Meyer in “Battlefield of the Mind”
The mind is where the battle between worry and peace fear and faith, you and the enemy takes place.
Whatever you allow to hold your thought, will rule your life.That’s why, in order to cast your cares, you must stop worrying before those concerns can start to take control.
When you first try to change this behavior it will seem like you’re having troublesome thoughts every minute. Acknowledge them. Then to help you let go, replace them with some encouraging words. Memorize or read scriptures that reinforce the messages you want to be striving for. Put them on index cards, in your journal, on the refrigerator, keep a file on your phone have them always at the ready for your times of battle.
Replacing your worry with the Word, shows your obedience. It glorifies God that you are taking a decisive corrective action. You are empowering yourself to learn, grow, develop and be “Becoming”.
You’re not certain where to start? What type of verses should you be searching for?
Well I’ve already shared two of my “cards” with you as you’ve been scrolling through, but here are some more examples:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalms 55:22 (NIV)
We are also taught in Philippians 4:8 (KJV) that we are to think on whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report.
“If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
You are the only one who can take charge to control your mind, however help is never far away. Go within and ask for guidance, support and direction. Then listen and act upon the wisdom and inspiration you are receiving.
Part of that wisdom should be to release any false humility.
What is humility? Honest, true humility is not believing you are unworthy to receive God’s care, rather it is humbling yourself unto the Lord, accepting his Word and putting it first .
Thinking you have to solve your own problems is also false humility. When you humble yourself and cast your cares on Him, you are obediently surrendering to God acknowledging that He has more wisdom and power to handle any situation than you do. Releasing your life to God, trusting Him and obeying His every command, trusting, praying, believing, is in the very essence of “Becoming”.
Once you realize you are actively engaged in a battle, then it’s wise to “Put on the whole armor of God.”
By accepting a study of Ephesians 6 you will learn how to properly use each piece of the armor of God, every day, to continue casting your cares.
Then enlist your own battalion. Find those similar minded persons of good cheer, mature forward and upward thinking individuals who you can lean on and assist them along their paths as well.
From 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
Then spend time together praying and asking the Lord to reveal to offer encouragement.
Summing up today, we can break down casting our cares into three small, simple actions. First of all, say them. Cry out, yes outloud. Release the struggles of your mind, and burdens of your heart in prayer. Then search for your answers. Scour those Scripturesso you can begin to focus on truth and release the lies. Yes that does include those lies you tell yourself. Then thirdly, SING!
“My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” Psalm 119-:172
Praise, glorify, uplift your spirit and reinforce your answers with song. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Why wait, let’s sing together now…
Tomorrow we’ll continue conversing about releasing our cares and to help ensure you are able to “Let go, Let God”, tomorrow I’ll share some action steps to help you along your path by developing your own casting plan.