While walking in your journey or divine assignment; one may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, disappointed and even like giving up. The word in the Book of Isaiah says:
Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
So, don’t quit, ask for help and prayer from those who know how to get a prayer through for we are instructed to love each other. The best gift we can ever give someone is prayer. You must self-assess yourself, step away and get refreshed from nouns which can be different for everyone. Just like one can get burnt out at on a job or in relationships, the same may occur in our daily lives. We must learn to cast our cares.
Sometimes we carry what we were not meant to carry. Life will give us plenty of opportunities to pick up someone else’s problems, their thoughts and experiences and make them your own. We may needlessly want to resolve or fix their issues. Wisdom speaks through the Word of God and says that we are only built to handle our own and even then, you will need God’s help.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 in the Amplified version (AMP)
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”
As we can see that the objective is to allow him to lead you into rest as mentioned in Deuteronomy 8 and Hebrews 4. Many of us try to solve problems on our own sometimes with success which boost us up to think we can solve all things; but God is the only one that can do that.
Hebrews 4:9-16 King James Version (KJV) said:
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 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.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
So, we should ask God for help and gather his wisdom concerning the matter and allow the Holy Spirit to whisper in your ear to solve situations and circumstances God’s way. It is an inside job first then it flows out to others. In 1 Peter 5, we see Peter giving instructions to the elders (leadership) as well as the rest.
1 Peter 5 King James Version (KJV)
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:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
His instructions were:
#1 willingly feed the flock and be examples, until the chief shepherd, Jesus comes to get a crown of glory,
#2 young submit(respect) to the elders and everyone else with humility,
#3 humble yourself, put your own flesh under subjection, check your own fruit, and God will exalt you in due season.
As we continue; we see casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you is the beginning of lifting your own burdens.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
When you cast your cares, you are:
-trusting God and his word, (Hebrew 4:12)
-doing things his way which means you are entering his rest,
-seeing the enemy tactics and strategies clearly and empowered to resist them and
-understanding that the brethren are experiencing the same afflictions you are for we have the same enemy and Christ Jesus has already defeated him.
After Casting your cares and gaining wisdom and understanding; the Holy Spirit reminds us in Matthew 6:25-34:
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
So, Test and trials will come but casting your care, trusting God, applying the word of God and directing your attention first to the kingdom of God then all things will be added to you especially the PEACE OF God.
Therefore, we must change our priorities, goals, and mindset to line up to the Word of God and be led by the Holy Spirit. As Christ Jesus ambassadors, we can continue to walk in Faith and make a difference in our own territories with the peace only God can give. Amen.
Lastly, Philippians 4:3-9 encourages us to rejoice, pray, and what to think upon:
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Casting your cares means that you are trusting God and are refraining from your own works and resting upon HIS works. Be encouraged, be strong in the Lord and the power of his might AND BE GREAT.