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!

In Perfect Peace

In Perfect PeaceThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 26:3. It says that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because their trust is in Him.

Are you ever worried? Anxious? Do you ever feel like your mind is racing at the speed of a thousand miles per hour? God promises to keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him. As we focus on our Heavenly Father – how much He loves and cares for us, and how He is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) – we will begin to experience the peace He wants for us.

In Philippians 4:6, we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God. The more we begin to trust in Him with whatever is causing us worry, the more our minds will be at rest, knowing that He will accomplish for us and through us what we can’t accomplish on our own.

Those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in God, will be kept in perfect peace. Know that He is more than able to handle anything life may throw your way. Learn to trust in Him at all times, and begin to walk in the peace that He has for you!

You Don’t Have To – Part 2

You Don't Have To - Part 2You Don’t Have To . . .

  • believe everything you hear without stopping to consider whether or not it’s the truth. Sometimes, this world tries to tell us things that aren’t really true. Just because you hear it doesn’t make it the truth. Always ask the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
  • feel condemned every time you mess up. Romans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, you don’t have to experience a constant sense of condemnation, because at the cross, Christ was condemned in your place!
  • worry about the opinions of others. As long as you are doing the right thing – doing what God wants you to do – don’t worry about what others think of you. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)?
  • watch or listen to things that don’t reflect your values as a believer. Some songs, while having a catchy beat, contain lyrics that aren’t very edifying. Some movies and tv shows, while possessing an engaging storyline, include some questionable content, as well. Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean that you have to watch or listen to it. If it doesn’t line up with the kind of thing
    Philippians 4:8 says that you should be thinking about, you may want to rethink your choice of media.
  • always be worrying about situations in your life. Instead, cast all of your cares upon the Lord, believing that He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Trust that He will work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)!

Which of these do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?