I was surprised early this morning with something unexpected. My first reaction wasn't fear. The fear quickly passed with struggling with how to fix it. After stopping a minute to pray the Holy Spirit gave me a solution which I followed through on and, although the issue is not solved completely, there’s one final piece, I believe that it is the Holy Spirit's solution, so I’m confident in its ultimate satisfactory completion.
As I went through the process, which took about an hour, I decided to cast that care on God and rest in Him. Then I read this.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
10 Ways To Cast Your Care & Rest In God
*Scriptures added by me.
In Philippians 4, Paul tells us we should be anxious for nothing. Here are ten ways to learn to cast your care and rest and God.
Offer up a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. Use your words and imagination to recount the many blessings that God has given you instead of using them to predict a hopeless future.
Less Worry, More Prayer
Pray without ceasing can be as easy as quietly in your own heart asking God to move on your behalf. Try this before going into your next meeting at work or when a worrisome thought tries to creep in.
Regular Devotional Time
Have you had your appointment with God today? A daily visit with the Lord no matter how brief can change the direction of your entire day. Daily visiting with Him builds trust at the depth of who we are…allowing His love to anchor our souls.
Psalms 59:16 NKJV But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psalms 63:1 NKJV O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
Draw On Joy
The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength and that there is joy in His presence. Possess and benefit from the presence of God. Enjoy reveling in His nature and becoming more like Him.
Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalms 16:11 NKJV You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I Peter 1:6-9 NKJV In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
Spend Time With Encouragers
Don’t have an entourage of negative people around you. Do your best to surround yourself with people of like-mind and heart. Regular fellowship with encouragers helps to remove some the stinky gunk of life that tries to take our eyes off God.
I Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Hebrews 10:25 NKJV not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Proverbs 27:17 NKJV As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Colossians 3:16 NKJV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Arrest Your Thoughts
When you take something captive, you take authority over it and detain it. We have to take this position with our thought life otherwise if we just go with the flow, we could fall victim to the enemy’s fiery darts. Don’t take ownership of every thought, question the source.
II Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Think On These Things
Phillippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Enough said.
Sabbath Rest & BlessingsThis is more than an Old Testament commandment. This is essential to regulate the human mind, body and spirit. We’re not robots designed to just go, our Creative design requires a regular rhythm of rest.
Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stronger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Dance, sing, and play in the spirit. Sit down in your heart and just be. Learn to have fun in the spirit with a child-like faith that enjoys spending time with the Father.
Romans 14:17 NKJV for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 18:2-4 NKJV Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Psalms 149:1-5 NKJV Praise the Lord ! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.