Fast Wednesdays: Week of August 24, 2016 — Cast Your Cares on Him aka Lay It Down

Greetings Beloved!

Today’s Fast Wednesdays subject, Cast Your Cares on Him, is one I struggle with repeatedly from time to time. Our world teaches us to believe we can do all things, you are recognized as strong the more independent you are but its not totally true. Its good to try and do things for yourself but at the end of the day we need God and others’ help:

1) Submit to God first because we can then do all things through God and Christ who strengthens us

2) Per the Life Application Bible write up “Carrying your worries, stress and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let him and others in his family help you. Letting God have your worries is active not passive. Repent and don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord who controls circumstances…”

3) Seek others because some times our hard heads and hearts have to learn that God puts others in our lives for multiple purposes and many times if we do not reach out to them for help when we know we should we are not just blocking our blessings but we block the blessings of others.

4) I have learned in life, the quicker I yield and submit to God and others the sooner I become unburdened!

SCRIPTURE (Some on Casting Your Cares):
Psalms 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:   (Read More…)
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
James 1:2-4 – My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;   (Read More…)
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.   (Read More…)
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
James 1:12 – Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 5:1-14 – The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:   (Read More…)
Psalms 62:8 – Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.

In Matthew 11:28-30, we discover a “yoke” is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of sin, oppression, persecution, or wariness in the search for God. Jesus frees people from ALL these burdens. The rest Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all effort. A relationship with God changes meaningless toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.


SONG:

Troy Sneed “Lay It Down”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziAjNlk4P8A

Prayer:

Dear Lord, you equip us with everything we need but sometimes we forget this when we rely on our narcissistic, selfish selves, needs, goals and aspirations. We pray we lay these all down and pick up the peace which passes all understanding that you offer us liberally daily. Help us learn to cast our cares on you quickly rather than slowly so we can enjoy the manifold blessings you offer us as stated in Galatians 5:22 NIV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… 

As the summer of 2016 comes to a close, we are thankful for the family reunions, vacations, picnics, meals, date nights, camps, retreats, birthdays, anniversaries and other happy times. However, we also struggle to learn how to count it all joy for the pain and other losses we have suffered as well because God remained faithful with us throughout our trials and tribulations.

God bless the widows, orphans and missionaries.

Amen!

Love, Joy and Peace,  

Debra J. Fuller Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us:

The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com

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