How often do you pray to GOD to help you with a burden and
then after you lay it down, end up picking it back up when something else is added to it?
Do you ever pick it up and start worrying over it again, pick it up and think
GOD’s too busy for this, I’m sure I can figure something out… Part of the faith
walk is leaving those burdens behind and keep trusting in GOD, trusting that in
HIS time it will be taken care of.
‘For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is
light.’ (Matthew 11:30 NLT)
Walking by faith means trusting GOD no matter the
circumstances around us. GOD didn’t put those road bumps, difficulties and
pitfalls in our path, but HE can use any situation to teach us what we need in
our journey with him.
‘Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He
has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the
whole scope of God’s work from the beginning to end.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)
Some people insist that their problems are too small for GOD
and they don’t want to bother HIM with their ‘stuff’.
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your
worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you
affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)
In the Greek translation, the word used for ‘all’ is the
Greek ‘pas’ and this word is literally translated into ("each,
every") means "all" in the sense of "each (every) part that
applies." The emphasis of the total picture then is on "one piece at
a time." (ananeóō) then focuses on
the part(s) making up the whole – viewing the whole in terms of the individual
Do you see that ALL our cares, ALL our anxieties, EACH and
EVERY little detail that makes up our anxieties are to be cast upon Jesus –
there is no tiny detail that JESUS wants left out, HE wants us to bring HIM
everything to HIM!!
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it]
and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be
moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). (Psalm 55:22 AMP)
What’s good about starting with the small stuff, is that
when we see GOD’s faithfulness in answering those smaller issues, we have built
our faith up enough that bringing HIM the bigger issues are second nature and
without thought. The faith walk is a trust walk, we trust that GOD will answer
our prayers; we lose our worldly way of thinking and begin to think in the
Kingdom of GOD way.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus spoke of the faith of a
child? Because a child doesn’t question when they are told something, they
believe it, it is fact - period: “You stole my nose!” and/or “Santa/Easter
Bunny/Tooth Fairy is coming”. We are
given a whole Bible filled with GOD’s Word and we still have doubts. Doubt is
what happens when you’ve lived in the ‘world’ too long – we learn to doubt and
we learn to distrust. This world is ruled by Satan and that’s his job, to keep
us from receiving all that GOD has for us. When we buy into the enemies lies, ‘miracles
are of the past’, ‘GOD doesn’t heal today’, ‘that’s prosperity teaching and it’s
not for us’.
If you are a Believer and you believe the Bible is GOD’s Holy
Word and that GOD is truth and GOD is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow –
then you don’t need to be concerned with the devil’s lies because our GOD is a
GOD of miracles, a GOD that heals, a GOD that wants to bless you with an
Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon
serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all
the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
(Luke 10:19 AMP)
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your
union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless
might provides] (Ephesians 6:10 AMP)
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already
won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater
than the spirit who lives in the world. (1 John 4:4 NLT)
There’s our authority, we have Christ in us, we are
empowered by the same Spirit of GOD that raised Jesus from the dead! With the
Holy Spirit living in us, we are given the Authority of Christ, with that
authority we can do all that Jesus told us we could do!
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and
cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! (Matthew 10:8 NLT)
Did you see that Jesus told us to heal, HE didn’t say, ‘go
pray to GOD for healing, HE said go and heal’! The devil’s greatest deception
has been using ‘wolves in sheep clothing’ to tell Believer’s that we can’t have
what GOD’s Word ALREADY told us we have!
Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep,
but inside they are devouring wolves. (Matthew 7:15 NLT)
Our minds have to be renewed to GOD’s way, not the world’s
way, that’s why we HAVE to immerse ourselves in the Bible, immerse ourselves in
the promises of GOD and refuse to listen to the lies of the enemy. The devil
can’t take from us what is already ours, but he can lie to us and keep us from
experiencing the promises that GOD has for us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They
are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will
find me. I will be found by you,” says
the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT)
GOD’s promises are so great that the enemy wants desperately
to keep us from them, because when he keeps Believers in bondage from his lies,
we aren’t able to fulfill all that GOD’s wants to give us and all that GOD has
planned for us to bless and encourage others.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you
[the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge (Hosea 4:6a AMP)
If you renew your mind with the Word of GOD, it will become
second nature to you speak out the Word of GOD and to believe it without fail.
Faith walking and trust walking can only happen if you keep the Word flowing
from your heart so that it pours out of your mouth! Alter your thoughts to GOD’s
will for your life, there you will find all the promises that GOD has for you and
that is when you see those promises come to be!
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
(Matthew 12:34 NIV)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned
after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed
(changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new
attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and
acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable
and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)