Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Unloading Your Care

Temple Baptist Church - 9-27-2017
1 Peter 5:7


A.  Instead of being easily done, this verse is easier said than done.  It should not be that way, but our flesh has a tough time trusting the Lord completely as our faith often fails.  Many times, the disciples were upbraided for their lack of faith and hardness of heart.

B.  God wants us to rest in salvation and in soul.  Peace with God and peace of God.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (God gives rest in salvation but we must find rest in service.)

C.  “Casting” is something that you do that places distance between self and the object cast.  God wants us to take our cares to Him and leave them there. 

            1.  We need to understand that God can do anything.

2.  We need to understand that God wants to help because He cares.

3.  We need to understand that we cannot do it by ourselves.

4.  We need to understand that problems normally do not go away by ignoring them.

5.  We need to understand God’s plan for handling problems.

1.  The Action - “casting” God’s Planned Care.

a.  There is a promise of rest given - Matthew 11:28-29  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

b.  There is a promise of grace sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

c.  There is a promise of escape supplied - 1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

d.  There is a promise of burdens shared or lifted - Matthew 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2.  The Amount - “all your care” - God’s Passionate Claim.  God cares about our little “cares” as well as the big ones.

a.  Be Careful For Nothing - Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

b.  Care for the necessities of life - Matthew 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

c.  Care for life itself - Daniel 3:16-18  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

3.  The Advocate - “upon him” - God’s Powerful Challenge.

a.  Trust Him - Mark 11:22-24  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

b.  Try Him - Psalms 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

4.  The Affection - “for he careth for you” - God’s Personal Concern. (This is the most amazing thing in the Bible)  Hebrews 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

            a.  His Character – “He”

1)  His Holiness And Our Sinfulness

The Lord - Habakkuk 1:13  Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

1 Timothy 6:16  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Job 15:15  Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Man - Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

2)  His Hatred - Psalms 5:4  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

Psalms 5:5  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalms 11:6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalms 34:16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

            b.  His Consideration – “Careth “

Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

            c.  His Condescension – “For You”

                        1)  His love is shown through His coming into the world – Substitution

2)  His love is shown through His calling us out of the world – Salvation

            3)  His love is shown through His caring for us in the world – Supply

4)  His love is shown through His collecting us from the world – Sanctification

5.  The Administration - “for you” - God’s Protected Child

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

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