Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
LEARN HOW TO
YOUR CARES ON
IN GOD WE TRUST -- OR DO WE
Fifty eight years ago "In God We Trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States. We sing it in our national anthem, in the 4th verse of "The Star Spangled Banner" and we see it everyday in United States currency.
However, there are still many Believers/Christians who know, that it only takes a fleeting moment to look at our United States of America and wonder, "When did we stop trusting God?" Our God, whose trust meant everything to so many has been removed from all that truly was "America!"
OPEN OUR EYES LORD
My heart aches for America and often I ask myself, "Will God open the eyes of those who have turned to eastern and middle eastern religions" There are so many defeated-Christians now a day, Christians who do not wholly trust in the faith that our forefathers passed down and meant for us to hold close to our hearts.
I have cried out to God and I have agonized over the lack of concern most Christians have concerning the decline of faith and the Bible Believing Churches.
PERSONAL PRAYER & CORPORATE PRAYER IS NEEDED
One night I called a Christian friend to to ask if we could get a group of Christian ladies, together who would seek the Lord with me for personal and church revival. She said, "Judy, there is no one that I know of who would gather for such a reason."
Deep in my heart "I do believe it's very important to share our needs and to pray with one another."
WE SERVE A FAITHFUL AND CARING GOD
My heart broke, I decided I would pray and seek God until He had an answer for me. I spent many nights awake seeking the Lord until one night I heard from Him.
God, in that still small voice, softly spoke these words, "Cast your burden upon me!" My mind quickly went to that Bible verse, Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7"
I THOUGHT I HAD CAST MY CARES ON GOD
It was the word "cast" that really caught my attention, so I looked it up in the dictionary, the following is what I found:
CAST (kast, kahst)
verb (used with object), cast, cast·ing.
1. to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice.
2. to throw off or away: He cast the advertisement in the wastebasket.
Now, I used to go fishing with my dad so I knew what cast meant -- but when I read the words, "throw, hurl, fling" I knew immediately why I wasn't actually and absolutely trusting God! I finally realized what I had been doing wrong.
LET ME GET THIS CASTING RIGHT
First - I never really flung away my fears. I never thrust those cares to God, I would pray earnestly, but when I was through --"I continued to carry my burden!" When you cast a fishing line, you let it go as far into the water as possible.
Then you sit down by the water side, read or have a snack and
"you aren't consumed with the fishing line" (in my case my prayer line) until you feel that pull. When you cast your burdens you must do the same exact thing-- let it go, "relax it's in God's hands now!"
KNOW FEAR OR NO FEAR
Second - I wanted, no I needed others to share my heavy burden. I wanted them to know the urgency I felt and the heavy burden I carried. When there was no one -- I began to doubt and that only brought more fear.
I had to learn that I could take my problems to Jesus -- "I could cast them, even heave them into His arms" and my Lord would carry them for me. "He would even carry me if need be."
MY BURDENS RELIEVED -- I REFUSED TO BE DECEIVED
In an instant I was at ease the burden didn't cease to be --"but it was now in the arms of Jesus and I was at peace" It was a peace like I had never known and it was thoroughly comforting to my heart, mind and soul.
Of course Satan would try to bring it to my mind for the sole purpose of me worrying... "but would I just cast it back to the Lord." I told that old devil he would now have to speak to Jesus about this problem -- and I felt that peace all over again!!
JESUS CARES ABOUT YOU
Friend, if you are struggling with difficulties beyond your ability -- "cast them out to Jesus. He is waiting to carry them for you. Jesus wants your life to be one of peace and not that of anxiety!"
LEARN OF JESUS' LOVE FOR YOU!
Learn to lean on Jesus -- Learn of His Love for you -- Learn of the peace that only He can give!! God's Word promised you this peace when Jesus spoke these words: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
Will you "CAST" your troubles and trust Jesus completely today?