Cares, anxiety and worry in my life have always come from a decision I have made or not made yet.
Does God want us to make decisions on how we feel? Or on His Word?
Making decisions daily is an important part of a person’s life. We make choices daily that give us peace and joy or anxiety and unrest. I encourage you to Choose God, Choose life, Choose forgiveness, Choose the Blessing!
1 Peter 5 (Amplified Bible) 6Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, 7Casting the [c]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [d]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [e]watchfully.(B)
“Care” is the English translation of the Greek noun Merimna, which means “drawn in different directions” therefore, division, distraction, worry, anxiety.
In the parable of the sower: Jesus says the cares of the world would choke the Word of the kingdom of God. It is so true. It is hard to think of God when you’re running around trying to fix things.
I think it must be hard for God. It seems like a never ending cycle. We cast our care on Him and He starts working on the problem, maybe through His Word or a person. He tells us what to do to resolve the Care. But we are not sure if God’s plan will work so we snatch it out of His hands and mess it up more, then say ‘Sorry, God, here it is, take the Care back’ and so He continues working on the problem again. But Satan whispers in your ear– God is taking too long maybe you can do something about it…So we don’t consult God on it and mess it up again and then what do we do? We say God take it (again!). God wants us to cast it upon Him once and for all. Then we need to get to know God so we can know His voice when He speaks to us. And we need to listen and obey.
John 10: 4-5 When he hath put forth all his own, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
I still catch myself carrying around my care at times. But the moment I realize I am doing it–I give it back to God.
This means the moment I have a concern or worry now I quote with my voice
Psalm 138 (King James Version) 8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
Colossians 3:15 (King James Version) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts and I add, I will not worry about anything.
Colossians 3:15 (Amplified Bible) And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
I am working on doing things God’s way. Because God is a Gentleman He will not ever force you to do it His way.
Deuteronomy 28 (Amplified Bible) 1.IF YOU will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, (Note: The word if is a condition, so He puts the responsibility on me)being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
The 28th chapter of Deuteronomy is awesome….Moses is writing this so that we know what happens when we heed the voice of the Lord and what happens when we do not. Deuteronomy is one of my favourite books.
A good example in the Bible is in 1 Chronicles 14:8 -17 David asked God whether He would deliver the Philistines into David’s hands if he goes against them. The Lord said yes and they smote the Philistines. The Philistines tried again and David again went to God. God gave him a different plan of attack and David listened and did what God asked him to do and God delivered them into David’s hands a second time. Then in verse 17 it says
1 Chronicles 14:17 And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.
He overcame the enemy by choosing to be obedient to God. There are so many stories in the Bible I could use talk about obedience and victory. So stay tuned for my next post when I continue with “Making the Decision Daily“…