Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Casting Your Cares...


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. -1 Peter 5:7

Cast them! Let 'em go! Personal cares, family cares, financial cares, health cares...cast them! Cares of the past, cares of the present, cares of the future...cast them all! Cares for yourself, cares for others...go on and cast them, too! All your burdens, all your worries, all your fears...cast them! All your troubles, all your concerns, all your stress...cast them! All your tears, all your headaches, all your sufferings...cast them!!

CAST (v.) 1. to get rid of as useless or unwanted; 2. to deliberately throw something in a specified direction

Go ahead! Give it a whirl! Let it go!!

Our worries are not light...not at all. They are heavy and cumbersome. They can be sinful if they are rooted from a lack of faith or a lack of trust we have in the Lord. They cause stress and sickness. They are to blame for shattered nerves, loss of sleep, over-obsessively chewed fingernails, bad posture, furrowed brows, and grey hair. No, our burdens aren't light at all. They weigh us down with "what-ifs?" and "whys?" They discourage, depress, distract and destroy our delight in serving God. They are deadly causing high blood pressure and heart attacks even more potentially lethal health problems.

But there is a cure!

Peter said, "Cast them!" Amen. Let 'em go. Get rid of 'em. Take them, ball them up and cast! Every single one of them, too! Cast ALL your cares. It's only 3 letters long making it a fairly small word, but it covers a whole lot of ground and carries a whole lot of weight. ALL. Yes, cast every last one of 'em.. 

But, where? Where do we cast all our burdens, worries and woes?!

The Bible says cast all our cares upon Him. Amen! His back is wide and His shoulders are strong. He is able to carry all of our worries so we don't have to struggle with them. He is able!

When I was a young pup in the Boy Scouts of America, I remember my first time camping. I had received an aluminum frame backpack for Christmas and at first spring, I had to put it to use. I had that thing over stuffed and so poorly packed it was a noisy 70 lbs. Little did I know that we would have a 2 mile hike to the camping area. After half a mile, I began to seriously struggle. I was so burdened down with all these items in my pack. My shoulders ached...my back started to break. An older fellow that was an overseer, saw the problems I was experiencing and came to my rescue. Not only did he haul his pack, he also carried mine another mile and a half to the camp! Praise God! He took all my burdens upon himself so that I could make it!

Cast all your cares upon Him!

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. -Psalm 55:22

Tell me...why?

Because He cares for you. Because He loves you. The God of Glory, the God of Creation, the Alpha and Omega, the way, the truth, and the life, Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace, mighty God loves you. He's in love with you. He is able and He desires to take your pain and fear away. Cast all your cares upon Him. Cast them...and let 'em go.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010


Theology can be defined as how God reveals Himself to us by the unveiling of His character, His will, and His plan so that we may better know Him as we continue our journey through this world. The importance of grasping a thorough understanding of Christian theology is not so much as to have answers to our questions, but it is necessary in that we may live a theocentric life in unity with God according to Scripture. “The value of theology is simply that it faces the task of bridging the gap between what God has disclosed for all time – disclosed in ways sometimes peculiar to a very ancient time – and how it can be understood in our time.” In these terms, the importance of theology cannot be overstated in the Christian life.

Through Holy Ghost revelation, God graciously reveals Himself to us as He spans the gap between divinity and depravity. “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). There is an absolute need in the Christian’s life for the revealed knowledge of God. This supernaturally exposed knowledge is essential whereby it confirms the Christian’s faith and encourages growth in the Lord Jesus Christ. As His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9), the fundamental truths revealed by the Holy Ghost through theological study brings us closer to God and understanding His mysteries. Theology is not limited to the elite or academic, but to everyone with a desire to draw nearer to God.

The divinely revealed principles can shed light on such troubled subjects within the Christian life such as how the spiritual man is to view the flesh. By the verses “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) and also “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), we know Jesus is God incarnated in the flesh. If we examine the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can learn by His example of how to understand, manage, and cope with this crude matter called flesh. “Man unfortunately does not understand God’s Word and so he tries continually to refine and reform his flesh.” To look at Jesus and how He dealt with this carnal shell, is to look at the quintessential example of how man should regard the flesh. Jesus was 100% God, yet He was also 100% man. He was God, yet “we find him hungry, thirsty, tired, moved to pity, and moved to anger.” He was God, yet He experienced pain and suffering. He experienced trials and temptations of the flesh that all men undergo. There is no perfect model to base our actions upon when dealing with the flesh other than the Lord Jesus Christ. To hear the way He prayed in the garden, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42) and to hear Him tell the disciples to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Even Jesus Christ experienced the carnal aspect of this flesh, yet He sinned not. God knows the flesh, not only did He create it; He experienced life in it through the Lord Jesus Christ. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Through prayer and faith, we must sacrifice those fleshly desires and temptations to the will of the Father just as Jesus did. If we feed our flesh, we starve our spirit and if we feed our sinful flesh, we stray from the will of God.

Even within the church itself, the theological principles that are revealed to us through the Word of God can be used to pattern our own relationships. If salvation is indeed a free gift, as it is written in Ephesians 2:8, how much should this principle contour our own associations within the church? If the atonement of sin was satisfied by the suffering, humility, grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, how then should this theological concept forge a pattern to the authority and discipleship within the church? Not everyone is a scholar or philosopher, “but if the great theologians can mark out the basic truth of revelation, using skillfully the instrument of human reason, the result will be faithful guidance in the life, work, worship, and prayer of Christians.” Undoubtedly, the theological truths we gather from Scripture form a solid foundation in which we can build the framework of our lives upon.

For instance, since salvation is given freely of God, we should be open and welcoming to every soul that is in our churches and our communities. To every saint and sinner alike, we should show the love and compassion that Jesus shows to the world. “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). It is God’s love that compels us to show His love throughout the world. Because of God’s mercy and grace, there is no benchmark for salvation. God is love and has given salvation freely to all men only if they believe. Because He died for all so that all may live, then therefore, we must all have been dead in our sins and in our trespasses. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23) is a truth that every believer needs to relay to a lost and dying world. Salvation is not purchased with riches or status. Salvation is not accomplished by good works or fancy words. No, salvation is freely given by our loving God so that we all may obtain eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Everyone must understand that salvation is a free gift and this can be shown in love as we relate to our peers.

“Even the most intellectually demanding of the topics and questions in theology were born of a basic pastoral concern.” We could also expound that the atonement of sin was accomplished at Calvary by the humility and suffering of the Savior and, in like manner, so should we also model the leadership within the church also with the same traits the Lord Jesus portrayed. The authority within the church should minister with the same humility and self-sacrifice the Lord Jesus graciously exhibited. The pastor of the church should serve the Lord and minister to the congregation with meekness and obedience to God’s will. Sin’s atonement was accomplished at Calvary by the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ through love; the will of God can be accomplished within the church by the pastor through love in the same manner of humility, suffering, and self-denial.

“To engage in theology, however, is not to amuse ourselves with the idea that our thinking approaches that of God’s. Instead, it is to recognize that God has taken into consideration our frailties.” God reveals Himself, His plan, and His will to us out of love because He considers our weaknesses from our humanities. Theology serves as a way to relay these meanings and messages to us through His Word. The interpretations and revelations that are divinely given, builds upon themselves like bricks of a building. Each basic theological truth is laid in place and compliments the previous principle like interlocking bricks that form a foundation and then a wall until brick upon brick a building is standing. God provides this understanding through His Word and by the Holy Ghost. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). Through His Word and at the direction from the Holy Ghost, we take one theological principle then keep building upon that truth with another until we form a solid and sound theology that encourages, convicts, and strengthens our faith.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Feeding the Flesh

Feeding the flesh
Is starving the spirit
Empowering the carnal
Sowing to the wind
To reap a whirlwind.

Feeding the Flesh
Is wounding the spirit
Selling your birthright
For a bowl of soup
Which you cannot recoup.

Feeding the Flesh
Building a castle
On the sand
Which will come crashing
In the evil day.

Feeding the Flesh
Is killing your spirit
Mortgaging your future
Defying God
Agreeing with the devil.

Feeding the Flesh
Is corroding your spirit
Weakening your spirit
Polluting the spirit
Digging your grave.

Feeding the Flesh
Signing a contract
Of lose, lose, lose,
Weakness, weakness, weakness
And loss, loss, loss.

Feeding the Flesh
Is simply insanity
Embracing doom
Caressing destruction
Partying with damnation.

Feeding the Flesh
Is kissing the devil
Inviting malnutrition
Spiritual blindness;
Fancying folly.

Feeding the Flesh
Is sowing trouble
Fuelling rubble
Permitting downfall
Hating your spirit.

The choice is yours.
by Fenny West

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -Matthew 26:41

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Map of USA

A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl.

She wanted to know what the United States looked like.

Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country.

Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to her and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today..."

After a few minutes, she returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together.

The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.

"Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus.
When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged,
then our country just came together."

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14

Thanks Della for sending this story.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Promise (The Prophets)

 The Old Testament prophets cover a period of time from approximately 760 B.C. to 450 B.C. From pre-exilic, exilic, and post-exilic periods, under various kings and even various oppressors, the prophets delivered God’s message of sin, judgment, and restoration to the nation of Israel and even unto the world. The prophets cried against sin to warn the nation to repent or face the wrath of God as consequence for breaking the Mosaic covenant that was established between the Lord and His people. Their various messages were definitely meant for modern application to the troubles of the day; however, the main message of sin, judgment, repentance, and salvation is the basis of the Genesis 3:15 promise. Although sin entered the world and God passed judgment, there is salvation and restoration through the promised seed of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pictures of Christ can be seen in the messages of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. Pictures can be seen of the promised seed to come. Hints and scenes are given to prophesy the fulfillment of God’s promise.

 Isaiah

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins” (Isaiah 11:1-5).

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6).

 Jeremiah

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

 Micah

“Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:1-2).

 Zechariah

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10).

 Hosea

“After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” (Hosea 6:2).

The prophets delivered messages and foreshadows of the promised seed that would break the bondage of sin. Foreshadows of the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior to mankind, who came to seek and save that which is lost. The fulfillment of God’s promise is the Lord Jesus Christ. So many years before the birth of Christ, depending on which prophecy was being preached, God was informing His people that He has not forgotten the original promise. The prophets preached the coming Jesus Christ as the crowning point of the promised seed. The promise never flickered, wavered, or changed from God’s intent. God’s plan is never revised because He is omniscient and therefore knows the end even before the beginning is ignited.