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Sunday Reflections

Hey guys, I sure hope you are having a great week.  I want to thank you for reading this “late” addition to my Sunday Reflections.  The reflection is a accumulation of Friday’s chapel service and Sunday morning’s message.  God is slowly teaching me that burdens are not mine to carry.  I pray this weeks reflection will bring you some comfort.

 

‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ‘ 

1 Peter 5:6-8

Sometimes it is the verses that seem to be so familiar that God uses within our lives to become so profound and life changing.  God has really used this scripture to help me over the weekend and I truly believe he has used it to help others.

Many of us deal with worry. Some struggle with it more than others, but there is not a person that has ever dealt with life that has not dealt with worry.  God has a remedy for worry.  I am always thankful for the fact that when life gives us problems, God’s word gives us answers.

These three verses offer us a progression of personal principles that must be examined when dealing with the “cares of this world”.

  1. My Will: The thing about my will, is that it is sometimes contrary to God’s will. Pride hinders my access to God.  Pride tries to justify my own ability to deal with the worries within my life.  Pride tells God things like “I got this”, I don’t need to pray about this”, or “I can carry this load myself.”  Truth be told, we were not intended to deal with the cares and worries of life on our own. They were meant to be cast upon the Lord.  It is my will that must humble itself before the mighty hand of God.  God will handle the exaltation…I must first deal with my own will.
  2. My Worries: If I do not deal with my will then I will never have the faith cast my cares upon the Lord.  The word “cast” literally means to hurl or sling.  So, when you deal with worries then you are just going to have to trust God enough to release them into his care.  Just sling them.
  3. My Walk: My will, my worries will affect my walk.  My walk must be vigilant, but when I am dealing with worry then it causes me to be tunnel vision and then I make myself susceptible to the work of Satan. The worries effect vision.  If we can see then it hinders our ability to walk.

The fact remains that when we deal with worry, we must be willing and able to cast it upon the Lord. We must have enough trust to release it into his hands.  That truly means we have to let it go.  Are we ready to let them go?

 

Discussion Questions

  1. In what way does pride hinder our ability to trust God?
  1. When does a person realize they have truly released something into God’s control?
  1. How does worry play a part in the devil’s plan to destroy lives?

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