February 19, 2018

Cast My Cares


When fear feels bigger than my faith
And struggles steal my breath away

When my back’s pressed up against the wall
With the weight of my worries stacked up tall
You’re strong enough to hold it all

I will cast my cares on You
You’re the Anchor of my hope
The only One Who’s in control
I will cast my cares on You
I’ll trade the troubles of this world
For Your peace inside my soul

This war’s not what I would’ve chosen
But You see the future no one knows yet

And You’re still good when I can’t
See the working of Your hands
You’re holding it all

I’m finding there’s freedom
When I lay it all on Your shoulders

Cast my cares, I will
Cast my cares, I will
Cast my cares on You

Finding Favour
Writers: Blake NeeSmith, Casy Brown & Sam Tinnesz

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Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 52:22

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 1:7

Why is it that we still worry and doubt, even when He has proven to us over and over again that He will always come through for us and that all the resources that are our Father’s are ours, too?  I can look back, week after week, and see His hand in my life and His provision; yet I can still get myself all worked up and anxious.

I have areas in my life that are so easy to hand over to God…

  • my children’s safety
  • protection over us
  • my parents well-being
  • …and the list goes on.

But there is one that I continue to give Him…and then take back (and it is on-going).  But God is always faithful and He reminds me over and over again in His Word that His promises always come true (Deuteronomy 7:9, 2 Corinthians 1:20) and that if He cares about the birds in the air, how much more does He care about us (Matthew 6:25-34)?

What are you holding onto today that is keeping you from the joy that is yours?  Our God is so capable of handling all of our problems all at once. He is everywhere and He is so close to you.  His love reaches to the ends of the earth and knows no end.  Today I challenge us all to make a list of three things that we need to give to Him and let Him handle.  Journal them and see if your load is a little lighter and your smile is a little brighter!  And look in the Bible and seek those verses on just this topic, casting it all on God!

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Let us pray: Dear God, You are so loving and so true.  You are always the same even when everything around us is changing.  You are so capable of holding all of our burdens on Your shoulders.  Oh Lord, we are Your children and we need You.  Help us to love You more each day and to remember to give You all our problems, believing that You will take care of it.  We love You and we trust You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


Breaking Free of Burdens


I cry to you, Lord;  I say, “You are my Refuge,
my Portion in the land of the living.”
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise Your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of Your goodness to me.
Psalms 142:5-7

Everyday people are burdened with many troubles.  I admit that I can claim to belong to this group.  It may be money troubles…it may be stress… it may a little bit of everything.  Yet we all have our burdens.  Sometimes these burdens stretch out for a long period of time, and other times they are very short-lived.  Either way burdens can leave us stressed out and exhausted.  They can leave us feeling miserable.  It can feel like we are trapped in a prison that we can’t escape.

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:22

As children of God we should never have to worry about our burdens or let them trap us in an emotional prison.  This just makes us miserable and lets the devil walk all over us.  It lets the temptation to sin gain traction, and then our walk with God will suffer.  If we put our faith in God, we should not let our worries and burdens stress us.  We should be relieved that Jesus is there to take some of the weight off our shoulders.  God already knows how our situations are going to turn out.  He is not going to give us more than He thinks we can handle.

Jesus sets us free from the prison that our burdens make for us when we put our faith in Him.  He loves us, and He is always there to help us when we need it.  He is our Comforter and our Strength.  We should not be afraid to let Him help us handle what is in front of us.

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for breaking us free from the weight of our burdens.  If not for You, these burdens would crush us.  We praise You for helping us and loving us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.