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DEALING WITH YOUR ANXIETY

 

1 Peter 5:6-7, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

We have many “cares” or “anxieties” we face in life. We need to learn how to properly cast our cares upon the Lord.

STEP ONE: Humble Yourself… you can’t handle it.

STEP TWO: Recognize the Mighty Hand of God. He is the only one who able to help.

 

STEP THREE: Have Hope in a promised Exaltation! God is Faithful to do all that He has promised to do. Hold to His Word!

STEP FOUR: Cast them – “Epiripto” is the word in the Greek language which means to “throw upon”. The only other time you see this word in the Bible is in Luke 19:35, when they cast their garments upon the colt that Jesus was to ride into Jerusalem. What a great word picture we have here. We wear our anxieties like garments upon the body… they cover us, they identify us & we focus so much upon them. Yet here we see that we are to throw them upon the colt of Christ in prayer & King Jesus sits upon them! He is literally above our anxiety & treats them as mats to sit upon.

STEP FIVE: Cast ALL… Every single one… hold nothing back.

STEP SIX: Upon Him… We must have the proper focus. No person, or professional… only the Prince of Peace! Throw all those cares upon Jesus.

STEP SEVEN: Jesus Cares for You! Know this wonderful fact. He cares for you so much that He took the burden of your sins to the Cross and if we have cast our sins upon Him & He has effectively dealt with them… then He is more than able to handle any anxiety we face in life.

- Pastor Andrew