Yesterday I wrote something on Facebook exemplifying Jesus and how He has provided peace and joy in my life. Many people understood. Some appeared to be a little skeptical.
Today I will show you how. I am going to give you the key to a worry free life today.
There is only what I know. What I have learned from Jesus. I can't give you any more than that.
It is the best advice and ministry you will ever receive and it is 100% free, from my heart to yours. I speak peace and joy into your life today.
Yes. It has worked for me. I have also seen it work in many others who heed the Word.
I am 100% confident it will work for you.
Not just because I say it will. Not just because it has worked for me.
But simply because the Word will when applied in faith.
In faith. In faith. In faith.
This is where it breaks down if there are some who will say it didn't work.
This is not a mantra. This is not humanistic psychology.
This is the supernatural ministry of Jesus Christ extended to you when you reach out to Him in faith.
1 Peter 5:6-7 - "Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
Often the sixth verse is left out and just the advice to throw off your cares upon Jesus is taught.
That's a setup for failure.
You see, there are reasons for being anxiety ridden. They are associated with your behavior.
In other words, you bring it on yourself by your actions.
If you think you are more than you are that is going to bring with it some baggage that will grow heavy over time. Simply put, you must stop exalting yourself before God will exalt you.
You must stop deluding yourself. Self-delusion brings false expectations that will never be fulfilled, which brings feelings of failure and inadequacy, which breeds anxiety.
"Nothing is working out for me." Sound familiar.
You must stop lying. To yourself and to others. Abraham's lies kept breeding more lies and more anxiety and fear. The more fear, the more lies. Perpetual fear cycle.
If you think you have anxiety now, wait until people find you out. And they always will.
So, Peter explains to us the "key" to freedom from worry and anxiety.
Be humble. Cast it off onto Jesus. The reason you have to first become humble is because we think we are failing by dumping our problems, that we can't handle our own lives.
Well, the news for you today is you need to get over that, because you can't handle your own life. No one can. We all need to become humbled and ask Jesus to rescue us.
So do that. First go to Jesus and confess your inadequacy, admit you can't handle life alone, and toss the entire gigantic package of stress and anxiety upon Him. It's ok. He wants you to. Just do it.
Stop right now. Pause, and do it. Right now.
Feel His love and concern for you at this moment. If no one else in the world cares for you, know that at this moment Jesus loves you very much and wants to help you in your stressful time.
No one's watching. Don't feel foolish. Don't be afraid. He will not fail you.
There. Did you do it? You will feel lighter in your mind. Relieved.
Do you? Take a breath. Let the smile cross your lips. Lift your hands to praise Him. Thank Him. Feel giddy. Feel joyful.
It's gone. Really, really gone.
Now, don't you dare try to take it back. What you give Jesus leave with Jesus. Trust Him the rest of the way. Don't build new stress and worry. Learn to give it over before you ramp it up into a crisis.
The "casting the whole of your care" indicates continuity, that you will live in a perpetual state of release of anxiety to Jesus. This happens when you let Him order you life.
Let me know how this works out for you. If you are really trusting and believing in Him, it will be a life changing miracle. This I promise.
...Keepin' it Real.
Pastor Kevin <><