1 Peter 5:7 - GIVE IT TO JESUS.

1 Peter 5:7: GIVE IT TO JESUS.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares 
for you. 

1 Peter 5:7 (NCV) Give all your worries to him, because he cares 
about you. 

1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) 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. 


   Henri Nouwen confessed that when he met with Mother Teresa of 
Calcutta, he started explaining all his problems as soon as they sat down. 
For ten minutes, he tried to convince her how complicated they were. 
   When he was finally quiet, Mother Teresa said, "Well, when 
you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything you 
know is wrong ... you will be fine."  
   Nouwen's response? "I realized, suddenly, that she had 
punctured my big balloon of complex self-complaints and pointed me far 
beyond myself to the place of real healing. I HAD RAISED A QUESTION 
and not the place of my complaints. Mother Teresa's answer was like 
a flash of lightning in my darkness."  
   Our setbacks, struggles, doubts, and insecurities can enmesh 
us in severe complications. We want solutions. We want practical 
answers. A simple answer "from above" often strikes us as irrelevant to 
the problem, as it did at first to Henri Nouwen. After all, he was 
an Ivy League professor and understood the complications of life. 
Yet many problems cannot be "solved," and other times the solution 
is in our seeing the maze of difficulties through God's eyes.  
   Nouwen advises, "Your life, my life, is given graciously by 
   Lord Jesus, my need for you to guide me is greater than ever. 
My journey seems a thicket of troubles, with no pathway out. Please 
grant me your perspective and your confidence as you lead me today. 
[The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra re vss. 6, 7] 


   Anxiety begins with worrisome thoughts - and they influence 
our bodies. Anxiety can affect our breathing, heart rate, hormones, 
and other biological functions. The way to counteract anxiety is to 
breathe slowly and deeply. On each out-breath, think about or repeat a 
truth from God's Word. Next, tell God each anxious thought, each 
situation that causes worry or fear. Slow down, breathe and then say the 
truth, which is that God cares for you and has your circumstances 
completely under his control. 
   Pray or meditate on biblical truths such as Psalm 31:7, "I 
will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and 
knew the anguish of my soul." Or Psalm 34:4, "I sought the LORD, and 
he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." 
   Is there anything troubling you today? Offer it up to God. 
He'll affirm the truth of his love for you. 
   God cares for us as his own children, so we can entrust all 
our concerns to his wisdom and love. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day 

Turning Worry Into Prayer
   A businessman once made a "Worry Chart" on which he recorded 
all of his worries. After a year, he tabulated the results. He found 
that 40 percent of the things he had worried about were now very 
unlikely to happen, 30 percent were worries about past decisions he had 
made and which he could not now change, 12 percent dealt with other 
people's opinions of him, and 10 percent were worries about his future 
health, only about half of which he could presently do anything about. 
In all, he concluded that only about 8 percent of his worries over 
the previous year had been legitimate. 
   What is it that you are worried about today? Most days? 
Keeping a worry chart might be a good way of discovering what it is that 
truly concerns you and what things aren't really worth worrying about 
at all. 
   A comparative way of measuring one's worries would be to use 
a "Prayer Chart." What is it that you pray about the most? When 
asked to catalogue their prayers, many people find that they actually 
spend very little time praying about the things that concern them the 
   Convert your worry time into prayer time. It's not only a 
more productive activity, but a healthier and more enjoyable one. 
[God's Little Devotional Bible re Psa.46:10] 

The Source Of Our Supply
   There once was a saintly man who lived on the edge of 
poverty"by his own choice. He distributed all the money he earned equally 
between himself and the poor. The man's adult son was among those who 
found it extremely difficult to make ends meet, so the man gave him 
just enough to keep body and soul intact, and continued to help 
others who found themselves in dire need. One day, the father was asked 
why he paid so little attention to his own son's personal needs 
while the bulk of his attention went to others. "You could help your 
son much more," his critic said, "if you would help strangers 
   "Ah," the man replied wisely, "but if I were to meet all my 
son's requirements, would he perhaps forget the necessity of relying 
upon the Lord? Would he begin to see me as the source all his supply, 
rather than his Heavenly Father? If that became the case, I would not 
be helping my son at all!" 
   God forbid that we find ourselves feeling totally 
self-sufficient, without need. It is in that dark corner that pride lurks. Once 
pride takes over, we see little reason to invite the Lord to do His 
work in our lives. Take inventory. Have you invited God into the 
affairs of your life lately? [God's Little Devotional Bible re Psa.66:8, 


   We live in a world absolutely crippled by anxiety. I feel it, 
and I know my kids do too. It's pervasive in the world around us. We 
see it even in the faces of strangers in the crowd. Living with 
anxiety is like being bound by chains.  
   But worry and anxiety don't help us at all! When we worry, we 
aren't solving a problem; we are just being bound by it. Like chains, 
worry and anxiety keep us locked down, unable to move forward. We get 
stuck. Maybe it's a bill we don't know how we're going to pay. Maybe we 
worry that we aren't strong enough to stay on the road to recovery. We 
might even be worrying about those we love.  

   When we worry, we are telling God, "I've got this one." We 
think we are in control, but we aren't. Worry and anxiety really don't 
change anything. They just wear us out and keep us tied up. But God 
will break those chains if we ask him to. Instead of continuing to 
turn those anxious thoughts over in our minds and worrying about 
things we can't control, let's leave our anxious thoughts with Jesus 
and let him break those chains that have us bound.  
   Father, thank you for setting me free from the chains of 
worry and anxiety. I leave all my anxious thoughts at your feet. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & 
Johnny Baker] 

   A few years ago, my young daughter insisted on riding a 
gigantic roller coaster at Sea World. She had never ridden a roller 
coaster of any size before, so I tried to talk her out of it. But she 
was determined that she was ready.  
   She was all smiles as we stepped into the seats, buckled up, 
and waited for the upward climb. But the higher we got, the more 
concerned she looked. She began to lose a little color in her face as we 
began the climb, and her nervousness spiked as we neared the top. Just 
before we began the descent, I saw fear in her eyes, so I leaned into 
her, held her hand, and said as calmly as I could, "Daddy has you, 
sweetie. You don't need to be afraid. I'm here." I will never forget the 
rest of the ride - she did not enjoy a single moment of it! 
Afterward, she felt sick for the rest of the day.  
   When we face lifes trials and scary roller coaster 
moments, we can feel confident that our Daddy, the Abba Father, is 
leaning into us, holding our hand, and saying, "Daddy has you; don't be 
afraid. I am here." Even when we find ourselves in situations of our own 
choosing, circumstances we weren't quite ready for, he is there making the 
ride right along with us because of his great love for us.  
   Heavenly Father, thank you for holding my hand as I face the 
challenges in my life. Thank you for loving me constantly and 
unconditionally. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by 
John & Johnny Baker] 

   Sunday nights in our house have a predictable pattern. Right 
around bedtime we'll have at least one meltdown. Usually it's our 
oldest daughter. She worries about school, which is strange because 
she's really smart. The problem is that she doesn't feel that way.  
   Every Sunday she worries that there will be something she 
won't be able to understand. She stresses out about it, cries, begs to 
stay home. It's sad to watch her struggle so unnecessarily. On Monday 
afternoons, I usually ask her about her day. Did the things she was worried 
about happen? Almost always her answer is no.  
   Many of us carry around a similar weight of anxiety, working 
ourselves into a ball of tears over things that will never materialize. 
This is not how God wants us to live. He looks down on us, his 
precious children, and asks us to turn all those things that are worrying 
us over to him. He loves us, and he's much more capable of handling 
those things than we are.  
   My wife and I have noticed that after our daughter tells us 
about her worries, she feels better. Nothing has changed, of course, 
but she no longer feels she is carrying those burdens alone. She 
knows that we love her and will always be there to help her. We can 
have that same security by sharing our worries and fears with God. He 
will always be there for us. He will always help us.  
   Dear Father, thank you for walking with us, helping us to 
carry all our burdens, real and imagined. Thank you for loving us. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & 
Johnny Baker] 


   Cast all your care on Me, for I am watching over you. I am 
actually a very good Catcher, so throw Me your cares - your anxieties and 
concerns - with abandon. As soon as you release those worrisome things, 
you can breathe a sigh of relief and refresh yourself in My 
Presence. It doesn't matter if you have to do this many times each day - 
and sometimes during the night too. I am always awake, ready to 
catch your cares and bear your burdens.  
   Because I am infinitely powerful, bearing your burdens does 
not weigh Me down at all. In fact, I enjoy this game of catch very 
much because I see your load becoming lighter and your face becoming 
brighter. No matter how much you throw at Me, I never miss! So refuse to 
let your worries weigh you down. Remember that I am with you - ready 
to help with whatever you are facing. Instead of mulling over your 
problems, look to Me lightheartedly and say, "Catch, Jesus!" Then fling 
your cares into My strong, waiting hands. (1Pe. 5:7; Psa. 139:23; 
121:5-8; 68:19) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Trust and thankfulness will get you safely through this day. 
Trust protects you from worrying and obsessing. Thankfulness keeps you 
from criticizing and complaining: those "sister sins" that so easily 
entangle you. 
   Keeping your eyes on Me is the same thing as trusting Me. It 
is a free choice that you must make thousands of times daily. The 
more you choose to trust Me, the easier it becomes. Thought patterns 
of trust become etched into your brain. Relegate troubles to the 
periphery of your mind, so that I can be central in your thoughts. Thus 
you focus on Me, entrusting your concerns into My care. (Col. 2:6, 
7; Psa. 141:8; 1Pe. 5:7) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am taking care of you. Sometimes you feel alone and 
vulnerable - exposed to the "elements" of a fallen world. When you are 
feeling this way, stop and remind yourself, "Jesus is taking care of 
me." This reminder can comfort you and help you relax. It draws you 
back from obsessing about the future, trying to figure out and 
orchestrate what will happen.  
   When circumstances are confusing and you don't know which way 
to proceed, remember that you are in My watchcare. I know 
everything about you and your situation. I also know the future. A child in 
a good family with adequate resources doesn't need to know how his 
parents will provide for him tomorrow, next week, next year. You are in 
the best Family imaginable, and My resources are absolutely 
unlimited! So bring Me all your needs and concerns. Entrust them to Me and 
live confidently - as a child of the King of kings! Relax and 
rejoice, for I am taking good care of you. (1Pe. 5:7; Isa. 58:11; Rev. 
19:16) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 

   I am taking care of you. Feel the warmth and security of 
being enveloped in My loving Presence. Every detail of your life is 
under My control. Moreover, everything fits into a pattern for good, 
to those who love Me and are called according to My design and 
   Because the world is in an abnormal, fallen condition, people 
tend to think that chance governs the universe. Events may seem to 
occur randomly, with little or no meaning. People who view the world 
this way have overlooked one basic fact: the limitations of human 
understanding. What you know of the world you inhabit is only the tip of the 
iceberg. Submerged beneath the surface of the visible world are mysteries 
too vast for you to comprehend. If you could only see how close I am 
to you and how constantly I work on your behalf, you would never 
again doubt that I am wonderfully caring for you. This is why you must 
live by faith, not by sight; trusting in My mysterious, majestic 
Presence. (Rom. 8:28; Job 42:1-3; 1Pe. 5:7; 2Co. 5:7) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Rest in the deep assurance of My unfailing Love. Let your 
body, mind, and spirit relax in My Presence. Release into My care 
anything that is troubling you, so that you can focus your full attention 
on Me. Be awed by the vast dimensions of My Love for you: wider, 
longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know. Rejoice that this 
marvelous Love is yours forever!  
   The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in 
thankfulness. Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and 
Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God: receiving with 
thanksgiving. (1Pe. 5:7; Eph. 3:16-19; Psa. 107:21, 22) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 


   Over the years, my wheelchair has taught me to leave 
"providing" to the God of providence. Although it's true my paralysis is 
often hard to bear, pain sears into my hip, and I feel utterly 
overwhelmed, the years have taught me to trust that God will provide. He will 
provide for me, just as He provided for Elijah. With a little oil in a 
jar and a handful of flour, Elijah outlived the famine (1Ki. 
17:14-16). So will I, and so will you. Yes, the sky may seem dark and 
threatening, but even those black clouds contain showers of mercy.  
   So take heart if you are struggling in much hardship. God 
loves you as much now as He does when skies are bright and life is a 
breeze. This very day, God will provide grace and a blessed escape. 
Today's Scripture contains some of the most beautiful words ever 
written: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  
   Lord, I seek to do that right now. If I'm holding on to fear, 
help me to release it. If I'm wrestling with anxiety, show me how to 
let it go. If I'm carrying weights that You never intended me to 
carry, help me to cast them aside. No matter what, I want to rest in 
You today, knowing You care for me. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni 
Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 






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