Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, May 17, 2009, "I give it to You, I don't..."

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"Casting the whole of our 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."
~ I Peter 5:7 ~ Amplified Version

"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 ~ Amplified Version

"When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it roams through waterless places in search [of a place] of rest (release, refreshment, ease): and finding none it says, I will go back to my house from which I came. And when it arrives, it finds the place swept and put in order and furnished and decorated. And it goes and brings other spirits, seven (of them), more evil than itself, and they enter in, settle down, and dwell there; and the last state of the person is worse than the first."~ Luke 11:24-26 ~ Amplified Version

"I give it to You, I don't give it to You, I give it to You, I don't give it to You, I give it to You, I don't give it to You..."

I do this many times when I am suppose to 'cast' over that burden to the Lord. It is overwhelming to trust, to give up control, isn't it? Especially if you are a mom; control is a major factor in how we try to function our households. We have an attitude that reveals our knowing that our families would not be able to function properly without our great assistance. To some extent it is a 'truism', especially for you amazing single mom's out there.

My point to this? When we are called to cast our burdens on the Lord there are innumerable reasons why. God wants us to relinquish the power of control over our lives and give it to Him.

I am baffled by my own attitude at times as I actually think I have a much better idea and plan than God does. Of course, my thoughts are of the 'here and now', versus the plan of God, which is about the future and eternal outcome. He is more than mindful of the many lives involved that will unknowingly be effected, by our plans and decisions. He knows when we try to handle those burdens on our own, we will go under...eventually...and that can effect and has effected our marriages, our families, our children, our relationships, etc.

Pastor Kim Behrman said something yesterday at bible study that was so led by the Holy Spirit. The truth became 'alive' in my spirit. She said, "When casting your burden on the Lord, don't stop there and walk away." She continued to say, "Stay until He faithfully replaces those burdens with His joy, gladness and peace."

We are not to empty ourselves and then walk away (Luke 11:24-26). Do we know this? Many of us do, however, isn't it great to be so lovingly reminded that we do need to have God replace that heavy burden with His burden that is light? We must allow Him to overwhelm us with everything He desires with all His infinite heart of love upon us.

He wants us to expect with great expectation that when we cast our burdens, our anxieties, our pressures upon Him that we know that our 'Daddy' is going to give us something so beautiful that reveals Him, that declares His glory through our life in and through the midst of it.

Why? I believe that when we are going THROUGH those burdens that MUST go to HIM, people will ask in amazement, "How are you going through this with such peace and joy?" And we can say boasting in HIM, "I'm glad you asked, it is because of Jesus Christ." We will then at that point be able to declare His glory with our actions and the declaration of our testimony speaking of His power in our life.

Remember, He cares for you. He doesn't just say it, He has and still reveals that care over each of us, IF we allow Him. I pray it will not be about the 'IF' but about the 'WHEN'.

I want to say continuously, "I give it you God and expect you to replace it with Your abundant resources that are beyond my wildest, most beautiful imagination."

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