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July 11, 2016, 12:45 PM

Ridding Yourself Of Your Burden

No doubt you have realized by now that being a believer in Christ does not mean that you will not have troubles and problems in this life.  Everyone in this life sooner or later (and most likely both) you will deal with hardships, sorrows and being treated poorly in life.  Turning to Christ for Salvation does not cause life’s troubles to cease or go away.  If you were expecting that, or someone promised you that...well I am sorry.  

However, it does mean that you have an advocate to whom you can take your every concern, heartache and care.  

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”  I Peter 5:7

The People that Peter was addressing when he wrote this were under intense persecution from the government, people who were practicing other religions, enemies, and even their own countryman.  The Christians did’t have anyone in whom they could trust; a friend, neighbor, or even family member might betray them and turn them over to the authorities which would mean imprisonment and possible death. 

But Peter had lived with Christ, walked with Christ, and experienced Christ and his love and compassion.  He knew that ultimately it was Christ that was in control of even the most dire of situations.  Knowing this he instructed the people to “cast their cares upon the Lord.”

Casting your cares upon Jesus is a choice.  It is a decision that you must make.  Not just once, (although it begins with a single choice) but day by day and moment by moment.  It means allowing God to carry the weight which is dragging you down.  It means trusting Jesus with each issue.  It is a conscious decision and the idea of turning over your perception of responsibility and control to someone else can be a most frightening one.  We as a people tend to want to be in control and keep control.  But we must realize as long as we are hanging on we never truly have control.  There are just things that are outside of our control. 

To be freed from our cares and concerns we must realize that there is an almighty God with whom we can trust to carry the weight.  And when we do release them into Christ’s strong hands, it is beyond liberating.  

Remember that Peter did not differentiate between little cares and big cares.  Every one of our cares is God sized to God, and God can handle them all.  Remember that we must also choose not to snatch back our cares.  They are God’s cares when we let Him fully have them and no one cares more than God about you and your needs.  

When you have called upon Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, then God adopts you as His child.  He stands prepared and able to carry your burdens and will free you not only from sin but from the burdens are unable to bare.  But, we must turn to Him and give him our cares, He will not take them from us if we are not willing.  Turn to him and tell Him “God will you take this?  I can’t do it any more.”

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He might exalt you in due time:” - I Peter 5:6

The question is, will you let Him carry your heavy load?  Will you turn to Him today?


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