Cast Your Cares Upon Him

CastWeek 43 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 1 Peter 3-5, and 2 Peter 1-2.

1 Peter 1:7 tells us to cast all of our anxiety upon God, because He cares for us.

Are you anxious about something? Worried about how to handle a certain situation? Not sure what to do? Cast your cares upon the One who cares for you!

God loves us. Because He cares about us, He doesn’t want us to be weighed down by worries, anxieties, or cares. He wants us to give them to Him, trusting that He will take care of the things that are concerning us. He wants us to believe that He will accomplish what we can’t on our own, and show us how to handle whatever circumstance we may be facing.

A little child doesn’t worry about anything. They know that their parents will take care of them. God wants us to trust in Him the same way, knowing that He will take care of us. Have faith in your Heavenly Father, in His love for you, and in His ability to do far above all you could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21). Cast all your anxieties upon the One who cares for you!

5 Posts To Check Out From Generation Arise

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Check out these posts from Generation Arise!

Craving something sweet? Make a fun fall treat bag for yourself or a friend, that will encourage you in your faith!

http://generationarise.com/fall-treat-bag/

Characters like werewolves and vampires seem to fill popular books and movies, especially around Halloween. Every wondered why?

http://generationarise.com/the-real-deal/

The darkness can sometimes seem scary, but have you ever been afraid of the light?

http://generationarise.com/are-you-afraid-of-the-light/

A hero came to save us, and defeated the enemy once and for all!

http://generationarise.com/the-enemy-is-defeated/

Have you ever head someone speak of the Holy Spirit – sometimes called the Holy Ghost – and wondered what they were talking about? Who is He? What does He do? How does He impact our lives today?

http://generationarise.com/the-holy-ghost/

God Hasn’t Given You A Spirit Of Fear

2 timothy 1 7This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Timothy 1:7. This verse states that God hasn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

“Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!”

Repost of “No Need For Fear.”

Powerful and Effective Prayers

Powerful and Effective PrayersWeek 42 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was James 3-5 and 1 Peter 1-2.

James 5:16 says that the prayers of a righteous person are effective and powerful. You have been made righteous through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9). Therefore, your prayers are powerful and effective! Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37), and He promises that when you call to Him, He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). You have been given power over all the power of the devil (Luke 10:19). When you resist him, he must flee
(James 4:7)!

You have been given right standing with God through faith. You don’t need to be afraid to ask Him for what you need. He wants you to come before Him with the freedom and confidence of knowing that you are His child (Ephesians 3:12), and that He will give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).

You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). When you pray, know that your prayers are powerful and effective because of what Jesus has done for you!

What Would Have Happened?

What Would Have Happened?

What would have happened if God had no longer considered Abraham his friend after he lied about his wife twice to heathen kings to save himself?

What would have happened if God had abandoned Jacob after tricked his father into giving him Esau’s blessing?

What would have happened if God had refused to appoint Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because he took the law into his own hands and killed an Egyptian, and then fled, spending the next 40 years in the desert?

What would have happened if God had refused to keep his promises to David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was responsible for her husband’s death?

What would have happened if God had discounted Paul because of his past of persecuting believers?

What would have happened if Jesus had refused to come and give His life to save you because He knew that you would keep on making mistakes throughout your life?

Abraham would have never become the father of the nation of Israel.

Jacob, later called Israel, would never have been the one from whom the 12 tribes of Israel descended.

Moses would never have been able to lead the people out of slavery.

David’s family line would not have continued as the royal family line, from which Jesus would one day descend.

Paul would never have written over half of the books in the New Testament, or taken the gospel to the Gentiles.

You would have been utterly and eternally lost, and without hope and without God.

God doesn’t discount us because of our past, or the mistakes we have made.

Stop discounting yourself, and stop discounting others!

You Are His!

You Are His!This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.

We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!

God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!

Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect Gift

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect GiftWeek 41 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Hebrews 11-13, and James 1-3.

James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from God, who doesn’t change like the shifting shadows.

“Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!” – Excerpt from previous post “Every Good and Perfect Gift

Hear From Sam Hannock, Lead Singer Of Luminate!

sam luminateI got to interview Sam Hancock, lead singer of Luminate, for my website for teens and young adults, generationarise.com. He shared a little bit about the band, what he enjoys about being a part of it, and why they do what they do, as well as what it was like to have their song “Welcome To Daylight” featured in the movie Grace Unplugged!

 

About The Band

How did Luminate get started? What’s the meaning behind the name? Is the band working on any new projects? Find out all this and more in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – About The Band!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-about-the-band

Music and More

What song seems to connect with fans the most? How has the band seen God use their music to impact the lives of others? Get a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes of Luminate’s music!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-music-and-more

“Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged

What’s the story behind “Welcome To Daylight? What’s it like to have one of your songs in a movie? Hear all about it in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – “Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-welcome-to-daylight-in-grace-unplugged

Have you listened to Luminate’s music? What is your favorite song of theirs?

More Than A Conqueror

conquerorThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 8:37. It says that we are more than conquerors in Christ!

Whatever situation you might be facing today, know that in Christ, you are more than a conqueror! At the cross, He won the victory over the devil and all of his schemes, and He has given the victory to us! His stripes provided our healing. The chastisement He endured purchased our peace (Is 53:5). He became poor so we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9). By His sacrifice, we are made righteous, and qualified to receive all of God’s blessings!

Whatever you are in need of today, it has been made available to you because of what Christ has done for you. No situation can defeat you, because you have the One with whom nothing is impossible (Lk 1:37) on your side! Know this, and begin to walk in the victory that is yours in Christ!

God Remembers Our Sins No More

remember no moreWeek 40 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was
Hebrews 6-10.

Hebrews 8:12 says that God remembers our sins no more! They have been completely forgiven because of what Christ has done!

“Because the price for our sins was paid in full at the cross, we have been totally forgiven in Christ. Not one of our sins remains undealt with. They have been completely erased – removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). When God looks at us, He no longer sees our sins. In fact, He no longer even remembers them. That is how completely we have been forgiven!

Under the new covenant, God is merciful to our iniquities, not only refraining from giving us what we do deserve, but also giving us many good gifts that we don’t deserve. We have been forgiven of our every sin, to the point that God remembers them no more. Rejoice in the fact that there’s no longer anything standing between you and your Heavenly Father’s love and acceptance!” – Excerpt from previous post, “He Remembers Your Sins No More!