1 PETER 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves (demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation) under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you.

7. 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.

DEFINITIONS

Care – d) mental pain, worry, anxiety

Anxiety – d) a state of being uneasy or worried about what may happen.

Worry – d) a troubled state of mind

When Jesus supplies all our needs we have nothing to worry about. In this scripture He is not saying not to worry. He knows that we do. He is telling us to cast all of our worries upon Him. We should not worry. The definition is mental pain, worried about what may happen and a troubled state of mind. I think He is saying this is the normal place for most of us.

I believe the experts have put the mental illness label on many people who are heavy with care and have let it grow into depression. It does not mean they have mental problems. They have a sin nature that Jesus died to change. The problem begins when you believe the lies of Satan when he tells you, if you don’t get professional help you will end up losing your mind or worse.

The scriptures that come after 6 and 7 warn about Satan roaring about seeking whom he can devourer. We must be firm against his onset. This does not say if but to be firm against his onset. We can know and expect his attacks. How do we fight and win. Peter says to be strong in faith. We know Satan is a liar. We have to expect his lies and be ready to reject them.

The Lord is saying to cast all our worries on Him. I have struggled with worries for years. Now the Lord tells me over and over to focus on the good in every situation. His promise is to make all things work for our good. I had gotten so accustomed to things going wrong that I had become very negative. That is not His way of faith. He would rather I be positive and thankful.

I had lost all of my relatives and had become good at handling the funeral arrangements. My kids moved out of state. I lost my cat and dog. I had 1 cat left and told the Lord He had to come back before Pepper died because I was not going to let him go. Then he got sick. And I fell apart.

The Lord did speak to me and calmed me down and told me he would survive. And he did. But he never was the same after that sickness. Then he stopped eating and I knew he was not going to survive this one.

This is the first time the Lord told me to focus on the good. He told me to put notecards all around the house saying “Be at Rest.” He said He would take care of Pepper and he would not suffer and at the right time He would put him to sleep. That gave me the strength to let him go and know it was for his good. I think he was suffering.

I will never forget how he helped me through that hard time. He had already helped me with the loss of my husband and daughter in a great way. He knows our pets are important to us too. However I will never get another one.

All the time I used to take care of my family and pets, now is spent taking care of the Lord’s House. And I am blessed. The only way sometimes to get where we need to be is through a lot of painful trials. But He cannot lie and will always make every trouble turn out for our good. It really does not matter what we go through if He is there with us. I can look back and see how He was teaching me how He would never leave me. I needed that.

Now when things go wrong, do I worry and have a troubled state of mind? Yes, I still do. Do I still have hurts from the past that need healing? Yes, I do. Does that mean I have a mental problem and need professional help?

That means that when these times comes along that I have learned through the trials in my life that I can cast my care upon Jesus and focus on the good that He will bring out of them, because He is faithful and will never change. He knows what I need to prepare me for the spot I will take in Eternity and I can trust Him and be at rest. He is good and will never leave me or forsake me. This I now know.

POEM — STREAMS IN THE DESERT

I walked a mile with Pleasure,

She chattered all the way;

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,

And ne’er a word said she;

But oh, the things I learned from her

When Sorrow walked with me.

SONG — TAKE ME AWAY — THE RIVER IS HERE

SONGS FROM THE VINEYARD

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