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My God is…caring for you 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.????????

Ok, I think for this one we’re going to break down this verse by definitions of the words.

Cast

The definition for cast was so long, we’re just going to look at the first definition as it’s the one that pertains to this verse.
Definition of CAST

transitive verb
1a : to cause to move or send forth by throwing <cast a fishing lure> <cast dice>
 : direct <cast a glance>
 c (1) : to put forth <the fire casts a warm glow> <cast light on the subject> (2) : to place as if by throwing <cast doubt on their reliability>
 : to deposit (a ballot) formally
 e (1) : to throw off or away <the horse cast a shoe> (2) : to get rid of : discard <cast off all restraint> (3) : shedmolt(4) : to bring forth; especially : to give birth to prematurely
 : to throw to the ground especially in wrestling
 : to build by throwing up earth

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word cast, I think of fishing (not because I fish, I don’t really). Imagine yourself grabbing hold of all your anxiety and pulling back with your anxieties over your shoulder. Then with a strong thrust you throw off your anxieties. You cast them off like a fisherman casts his line. Or maybe you cast it like I picture Samson, holding a big boulder over your head (trying to be as strong as Samson) and then you throw it as hard as you can (maybe aimed at the devil). Or maybe even shot putting it as far away from you as you can. Imagine it. Really Imagine it. For me just thinking about it relieves some of the anxiety.

Anxiety

Definition of ANXIETY

1a : painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill
 : fearful concern or interest
 : a cause of anxiety
2: an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it

When we’re anxious, often it feels like no one has ever felt the way we felt. Especially if we have major anxiety that has all the physical manifestations along with it. No one seems to understand. No one knows how you feel. And here on earth that might be true, but Jesus understands. In Mark 14, He shows us that He understands, ” And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” He was so upset He could die. He understands. I love that the scriptures has the word anxiety in it, because it shows us that God is aware of our plight. He understands what’s going on in our lives, hearts and minds. He wants to address it with you.

On Him

Remember when I said to imagine yourself casting off all your anxiety? Do it again and imagine casting it off to the One who can actually take care of it. Right now I’m picturing myself casting off my anxiety, sins and frustrations to God who happens to have a box like the Ghostbusters used to capture ghosts. I cast them off to Him. He’s safely collecting them from me so that He can dispose of them properly.

Because He cares for you

Definition of CARE

1: suffering of mind : grief
2a : a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility
 : a cause for such anxiety
3a : painstaking or watchful attention
 : maintenance <floor-care products>
4: regard coming from desire or esteem
5: chargesupervision <under a doctor’s care>
6: a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude

Ok, to be honest, this definition just blew my mind. Maybe I’m the only one, but I didn’t know the strong correlation between anxiety and care. I think this definition makes this verse so much more powerful. Read through that definition again. He thinks about you. He mourns your losses. He feels your pain. He is watching over you with painstaking attention. He keeps you going and working properly. He regards you. He is in charge of you and supervising you. You are the object of His attention. This concept brings tears to my eyes. I see myself coming to Jesus, crying because I feel like things are out of control. Like a good father He holds me and says, I’ll take care of it. If you’re a parent, maybe you can relate. If you child comes to you, practically falling to your feet because they are so overwhelmed, you too would do whatever you could (and God can do anything) do for your child. You want to make things better. God wants to make things better for you. Trust Him, He can do this for you.

Who cares for you?
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in 1 Peter, My God is Caring

 

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My God is…supporting you 1 Peter 5:10

1 Peter 5:10 – And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his mother-comforting-sonseternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

And after you have suffered for a little while

No one likes to suffer. Suffering stinks. It’s not fun, it can be frustrating, and it can even challenge our faith. When believers (and unbelievers too) go through really hard things, you’ll often hear them saying things like, “If there was a God, why would He let this happen to me?”. It’s not a bad question to ask really. Why would He? Maybe to give you pause as to what you’re doing in life. To turn you away from a destructive path you’re on. To point you in a direction you never would have taken without a major life change. Maybe so that you would come to rely on Him fully instead of trusting in your own ways. There are so many things that can change out of tragedy. Sometimes they heal families, sometimes they free us from oppression of our families. Sometimes struggles help us to see God’s hand in things so that we may trust Him more fully. Sometimes it helps us to let go of trying to be in charge of things we cannot actually control. We don’t always understand, but that doesn’t mean that the Lord won’t use it for our good. I also want to remind you that not all suffering comes from God. Some are a result of sin and the devil. The devil wants nothing more than to make you question the Lord and His love for you. That’s the devil’s goal, to separate you from the love of God.

The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ

So the devil’s goal is to separate you from the love of God, but God’s goal is spelled out in this verse. He, the God of all grace, has called you to His eternal glory in Christ. He wants you to spend eternity with Him, and provided His only Son as the way to make that possible. That we might forever give Him the glory. We might always point back to Him in our thoughts and actions. One of the things I love about this verse is that it says “you”. He has called you, not us. You are His focus. Yes, He cares about the rest of us, but if it was only you, He would still feel the same way. You are important to Him. He has called you.

The God of all grace will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you

God isn’t going to abandon you when you’re going through those hard times of suffering. Instead the God of all grace (what a great title) is going to restore you. He’s not going to destroy you, He’s going to build you back up. He’s going to support you. Like a mother on the sidelines of a game, He’s going to be there cheering you on, providing you with snacks and encouragement to keep your spirit and your strength up. He’s going to give you the strength you need to carry on and continue to point to Him in all you do, bringing Him the glory at all turns. Showing a reflection of Jesus to all who you meet. He’s going to establish you. He’s going to set you up. Not to make you rich necessarily, but to make you a man or woman after His own heart. Establishing your place in Heaven for all eternity. He wants only good for you.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12

Who can you count on to support you?

 

 

 

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My God is…opposing the proud 1 Peter 5:4-6

1 Peter 5:4-6 – 

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.thumbs-up-fonz

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

 

Humble yourselves

Are you humble? Can anyone answer yes to that question without instantly making it untrue? I think of my Grandma who was probably the smartest person I’ve ever known. She was humble. I imagine her answer to that question might be some wonderful quip that would surely show her as humble without actually saying it. What exactly does it mean to be humble?

Definition of HUMBLE

1: not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
2: reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission <a humble apology>
3a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : insignificant,unpretentious
b: not costly or luxurious <a humble contraption>
Humble does not mean self-deprecating
Even though one might be humble, that doesn’t mean they are honest about the achievements in their lives. The problem comes when you say you’re better than someone or take credit for something you didn’t actually do. For those of us who are Christians this comes down to giving God the Glory for the things that happen in our lives. It reminds me of the study of David were doing with my women’s group. David didn’t have much to do with being picked to be the King of Israel. He was out minding the sheep when the Lord selected him and had him anointed. Even after he was anointed, he didn’t become king right away. He first did an “internship” as a musician in the King’s Palace.
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble
God knows that He is the source of all the good that comes in my life, but too often I try to take all the credit for myself. But all good things come from God. James 1:17 reads, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” So anything that is going well in my life, all the blessings I have are from the Lord. He is the creator of my blessings. When I try to take the credit for the things in my life, I’m missing the opportunity to glorify God. To point to Him as the source of my blessings. I try to pretend that I am more than I am. Could I have done any of the things I have done without the brain He gave me? Could I be a blessing to others without the soul He created for me? No. I don’t have much to do with the successes of my life. God is the source of all of it.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
So if we are to be lifted up to a high position in the society, education or career, it will be by the grace of God. He will be the one lifting you and I up with His mighty hand. We must give Him the glory, allowing Him to be revealed in all we do.
So I’ll ask again, are you humble?
 
 

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My God is…Holy 1 Peter 1:15-16

 1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a fan of the dictionary. I like to look words up. Today let’s take a look at the word Holy.

Definition of HOLY

1: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
2: divine <for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9(Authorized Version)>
3: devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity <aholy temple> <holy prophets>
4a : having a divine quality <holy love>
 b : venerated as or as if sacred <holy scripture> <a holyrelic>
5—used as an intensive <this is a holy mess> <he was a holyterror when he drank — Thomas Wolfe> ; often used in combination as a mild oath <holy smoke>
God is Holy
God is Holy. He is Holy with a capital “H”. That means that He is the completion of Holiness. It doesn’t get more Holy than God. He is perfect and without blemish. He is perfect in goodness and righteousness.
How are we supposed to be holy?
I don’t know about you, but this verse seems a bit daunting to me. I read it and think, “Um, Impossible”. But we know that all things are possible with God. I decided I needed to look at this verse more closely in its context.
Be Holy 1 Peter 1:13-23

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

We are called to be holy

We are called to be holy, not as a way to get to heaven, but as a part of our sanctification. Moving closer to being like our Lord. I won’t get it right this side of heaven, but because of the grace given to me by my Lord Jesus Christ, I am freed to try. I am freed to be sober-minded putting my hope in the grace I will receive at the second coming of Christ. When he comes again I will be assured of my place in heaven, because as it says in the reading above, I have been redeemed.

Through him you believe in God
Because God sent his son Jesus, and God rose Jesus from the dead, I can now believe that I too will be raised from the dead to spend eternal life with him and my fellow believers in Heaven. My faith and my hope are in God.
Freedom is…freeing
Because I am no longer damned because of my sins (falling short or not measuring up), I am free to try to measure up. I’m free to know that even though I will never measure up on this side of heaven, I can work towards sanctification (being made holy). I can keep putting my hope and faith in God. I can be sober-minded, and not get distracted by my addictions, vices and bad habits. I can keep my focus on God more, reaping the benefits of having a relationship with a God who is all-powerful. God is in my corner, and that makes me able to be confident in all things. Knowing my God is with me and I am with Him.
Who’s in your corner?
 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in 1 Peter, My God is Holy

 

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My God is My Hope 1 Peter 1:3-9

Praise to God for a Living Hope 1 Peter 1:3-9

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The World Can Seem Hopeless

There are so many things going wrong in our world. It’s hard to think of things getting better. I was watching “Idiocracy” the other day, and sadly it doesn’t take much of a stretch to think that horrible way of life could be where the human race is headed. (As a side note, there is a lot of swearing and lude behaviors in this movie, so I’m not necessarily recommending it, just referencing it). In “Idiocracy”, we’re introduced to the horrible life humans have because they never questioned anything, valued education or hard work. It is a strange movie, but one that makes you wonder where the actions of this world might lead.

If we trust man, we’ll be disappointed

We can’t count on man to get us through in this world. The advice we get from the world is self-centered. Take care of yourself, do what’s right for you, and more of the same. We’re not to care about others more than ourselves. We need to look out for our own self interests, and sometimes people take that to the extreme. Robbing and killing often happens because someone wanted something someone else had.

We do have a hope

Even though the things of this world get us down: politics, job losses, health issues and family squabbles, as Christians we have a hope that surpasses all understanding. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. Through His resurrection, we have been adopted into the new family that isn’t dysfunctional, is healthy and not political. God wants us to look past the bad things of the world and keep our focus on Him. And when we have to suffer grief or trials, we’re able to bear them knowing that God is still with us and our promise for eternal life with him in heaven is ahead of us. He draws us close that we might snuggle in and feel His arms wrapped around us, protecting us from the evils of this world.

Are you hopeful?

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in 1 Peter, God is My Hope

 

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