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1 Peter 5:7 ESV
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
The same Greek word here for casting, “epiripsantes”, occurs also in referring to the action of throwing their coats upon the colt for Jesus to sit upon them. We can infer from this usage in Peter’s letter that not only should we give our anxieties on to God, but we also should let them go as well. However, to do so requires a faith that for many of us we simply do not possess.
As we trust God and his mighty power, we follow a God who cares deeply for us. Peter may have had in mind the words of Jesus ( ). If so, he borrowed them and placed them in the context and crucible of suffering and persecution.
Matthew 6:25–34 ESV
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Whatever we are anxious about tends to distract us from trusting God. It tends to pull us in different directions so that we do not depend on him. When we limp in this direction, we do not resist Satan, but play into his hand. He wants us to put more trust in ourselves and others as opposed to God.
Peter’s first-century readers, like their twentieth-century cousins, failed to remember this truth even in the midst of anguish and pain: God cares for you. The form in which the verb appears (present active indicative with the dative) indicates that God’s care and concern for believers is constant, ongoing, and unending. God is not indifferent to the suffering of his followers, but desires our active, humble trust in him, especially during difficult days.

How many of us go to the Father in prayer about our burdens, but we still want to manage them our way?

Luke 19:35 ESV
And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
We’ll let God work in the background, but we still want to control the process. We pray for relief from our knees, yet pick the burdens back up on our way off of our knees.
We lack trust. But we have to remember we do not see our life as God sees it. We only live but in a moment of time, while God is timeless and knows our story from the beginning to the end. We may not understand everything that happens to us, but it is in our trust where we can draw claoser to God -
Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
When we have such faith in God’s Word and believe in His ability, we can truly cast our anxieties on Him, knowing He will sustain us ( ).

February 19, 2018

When we have such faith in God’s Word and believe in His ability, we can truly cast our anxieties on Him, knowing He will sustain us ( ).
Even better, such a faith will help us truly feel His presence in our lives.
Psalm 55:22 ESV
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 11:28–29 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Hebrews 13:5–6 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Whatever we are facing today, is only temporary
Romans 8:18 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
1 John 4:4 ESV
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

In Jesus we have eternal security - ; ;

Faith, confidence, and the realization of God’s presence in our lives brings us a comfort beyond measure—but it does not relieve us of future trials and temptations. However, knowing that He is walking with us means that we should perceive all of these burdens to be simply opportunities to draw even closer to Him, for the God we serve and love has overcome the trials of this world ( ).
John 10:11 ESV
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 10:14–15 ESV
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:27–29 ESV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)

One day, all the suffering in this life will end -

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Revelation 21:3–4 ESV
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

For God is the source of all comfort -

The same Greek word here for casting, “epiripsantes”, occurs also in Luke 19:35 referring to the action of throwing their coats upon the colt for Jesus to sit upon them. We can infer from this usage in Peter’s letter that not only should we give our anxieties on to God, but we also should let them go as well. However, to do so requires a faith that for many of us we simply do not possess.

2 Corinthians 1:3–4 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I am reminded of the words of Billy Graham, who so often would say to everyone listening: God Loves You

You are precious to Him

How many of us go to the Father in prayer about our burdens, but we still want to manage them our way? We’ll let God work in the background, but we still want to control the process. We pray for relief from our knees, yet pick the burdens back up on our way off of our knees.

So remember these words of comfort and remember that no matter what you are facing, you are not alone. God knows everything about you and He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you that you may have eternal fellowship with Him
Prayer:
Almighty God, I lift up these wonderful children of yours in this room today. I praise you for their lives and know that everyone in the sound of my voice is truly precious in your sight.
I pray that if there is anyone hear who does not know you as their Lord and Savior, they will make that commitment today, by praying with me these simple words:
"Dear God,
I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died
for my sin and that you raised Him to life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord,
from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

I am not advocating a “let go and let God” mentality here (if you know me from previous writings, I’m far from a fan of such a practice), but rather taking such a condition and growing from it. Let me illustrate.

Suppose you were in the kitchen by yourself preparing a meal for others. You want everything to be perfect, so you begin to question your ability, wondering if everything looks and tastes okay. Then, someone you know and trust comes in and confirms that everything looks and tastes great. You feel such relief! You no longer feel the burden of the meal alone, since you now have confirmation by another that everything is great. Even more, you believe this person because you trust them. The burden you felt was lifted in an instant.

When we have such faith in God’s Word and believe in His ability, we can truly cast our anxieties on Him, knowing He will sustain us (Psalm 55:22). Even better, such a faith will help us truly feel His presence in our lives. When we develop this sense of companionship in our daily walk, we can then take hold of the promise He has given us in Matthew 11:28-29 and never need to feel alone in any situation. The assurance the He truly cares for us and will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5-6) is our promise that our God can overcome anything we face in this world (1 John 4:4).

It is in that sense of presence in our lives where we can really grow in our faith. When we can learn to listen for God’s direction in the silence of our day, we not only feel closer to our Lord, but are learning to be obedient to His plan for us.

Faith, confidence, and the realization of God’s presence in our lives brings us a comfort beyond measure—but it does not relieve us of future trials and temptations. However, knowing that He is walking with us means that we should perceive all of these burdens to be simply opportunities to draw even closer to Him, for the God we serve and love has overcome the trials of this world (John 16:33).

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