Cast it

In order to cast ALL your anxiety on Him, you have to move your focus from your anxiety to your Savior.

You focus on what your worried about, what you can’t control, what you are not strong enough to carry. You focus on the problem and how heavy it weighs upon your shoulders. You focus on your own hands when God is asking you to focus on His heart.

He cares for you.

He cares for more than you even realize.

When you are in the middle of a fierce storm feeling out of control and tossed around, you ask Jesus, like the disciples did in Mark 4:38, “Do you even care that I’m in this storm? I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t cause it to happen and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it through.”

The answer is yes, He cares.

When you are burnt out and overwhelmed with life, you go to Jesus like Martha did in Luke 10:40, and ask, “Don’t you care that I’m doing all the work and no one is helping me?”

The answer is yes, He cares.

In fact, the Hebrew word used for “care” in both the above passages is the SAME word used in 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) –

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

Does God care?

Yes, He absolutley does.


We all have old habits that we want to get rid of.

The thing is, you have had those habits for so long and they are so ingrained that you do it without even thinking It is almost unconscious.

That kind of habit takes an enormous amount of energy to reform or get rid of but in Christ it is possible. It might take almost as long to unlearn as it did to learn but you can unlearn it.

However there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire and even expect to get your way in everything and work to make sure that it happens. Maybe even unconsciously, you maneuver to manipulate circumstances or people to make your way possible.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

It IS human nature but you have a new nature in Christ. You have been recreated in Him. The old has gone, the new has come.

But old habits die hard.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much He is using the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit.

The old habits of your old nature are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

Getting your way makes you feel secure. Except your way hasn’t really worked out has it?

When you feel insecure, instead of harking back to old habits, make a new habit of seeking God and asking Him to show you how to think like Him in it.

Hem Me In 

Hem me in your love, O God.

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You may feel like you are on your own to deal with life.

That you are on your own to deal with stress.

On your own to make it happen, whatever “it” is, but you are not on your own, you are God’s beloved child.

His love goes before you and his grace follows behind you.

You are cherished and provided for, guided and anointed to walk confidently in God’s love.

God goes before you to make a way where there seems to be no way, He sets up divine appointments for you to walk in and he brings people across your path that need you.

He blesses you with what you need to do what He has called you to do.

His hand of blessing is on your head. He has hemmed you in His love.

That means in ALL that you do, big or small, his hand of blessing is on it- because his hand of blessing is on you.

My prayer for you is that you will begin to see yourself in the light of God’s passionate love for you:

He has chosen you.
Rescued you.
Provided for you.
Forgiven you.
Equipped you.
Goes before you.
Follows up after you.

God’s love is not like man’s love. He is not controlling you, He is surrounding you with Himself and there is more freedom in his presence than anywhere else in the world.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Jesus, you have permission to live fully in God’s grace and walk confidently with His hand of blessing on you.

You are beloved and surrounded by Him. Set your fear aside and walk confidently in His love today.

Don’t Quit

If you are growing and pursuing God, the enemy would like to discourage you from continuing that.

He wants you to quit…now.

Quit now before you grow stronger.

Quit now before you learn how to live in God’s love and power.

Quit now before you can influence and impact those around you.

Quit now before you walk in God’s power and purpose for your life.

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Spirit of God in you will give you the strength you need to make it through whatever you have to.

Don’t quit, not now, not tomorrow, not ever.

Give and Take 

“I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1 NIV)

This is your give to God: to continually walk with God, to journey forward with Him and hold nothing back. Give Him all.

In order to fully walk in the promises of God, you also must take – you must partake of promises, consume them, receive them and walk forward in them.

This taking is not a selfish act, it is trusting one. It is also not a passive act but it is an active and proactive one. The taking is work and faith put into action. It is possessing the land, pursuing the promise and wholeheartedly going after your purpose.

Where is your promised land?
Where you now reside.

The secret of walking in faith is recognizing that your promised land is not somewhere else but right here. It is where you are right now but transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your life transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your marriage transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your workplace transformed by God intervention.

It is your parenting transformed by God’s intervention.

It is you- transformed by God’s intervention.

Walking in faith, not in the flesh, in grace not legalizism, in love not hate.

Close your eyes. Open the eyes of your heart and ask God to give His vision for your life. With eyes of faith see the promised land laid out before you. Taste the bounty you will cultivate, the joy of habitation. Fall in love with the hope filled future God has planned for you.

Then with courage and tenacity walk hand in hand with God. Grow forward in faith and take hold of your purpose, one step at a time. Hold nothing back from His loving gaze or hand of grace.

There are unimaginable blessings awaiting those who will walk in the purposes of God, hand-in-hand with Him. You have barely scratched the surface. Now, as it was then, faith will become sight and you will see with your own eyes the promises of God come to pass.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”. Ephesians 3:20, 21 NIV

A Reminder 

Good morning.

I wanted to remind you, this fine Friday, that you are saved by grace so that you can:

Love by grace,
Forgive by grace,
Grow by grace,
Give by grace,
Work by grace,
Eat by grace,

“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

How easy it is to slip into the flesh work after we accept Christ’s gift of salvation. Sometimes it takes minutes not days.

We begin to start working on “being better” and “doing better”. We begin to work on being a good Christian. But it doesn’t work, does it?

“Self -improvement is no more God’s plan than self-salvation. God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace -it is for us to live by grace. God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of a God.”

– John Ortberg,
The Me I Want to Be, pg 39.

God hasn’t redeemed you so that you can be a “good christian”, He has redeemed you to walk in the power and freedom that have been bought for you by the Cross.

He has opened wide the door for you to walk with Him every day and draw from His unquenchable source of love to pour into every area of your life.

Grace is more than a prayer to say before you eat, it is a life style.

So, go ahead and LIVE it
and have a fantastic weekend.

In Need of Grace

“Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.” Nor must we search for signs of “loveworthiness.” Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.”

– Phillip Yancey

There is no such thing as “us” and “them” in the kingdom of God. There is just us. We are all in need of the grace and mercy of Godeveryday.

Love God, Love people.

Yet, Not I

There is a moment in your walk with God when you realize that hard work is important and that He asks you to work hard to fulfill His purpose for you.

And then there is a bigger moment when you realize that all your hard work cannot do what only God can do: set people free, love them relentlessly, deliver them consistently, fill them with His Spirit and His Love.

“Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others?

Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much.

It was God giving me the work to do,

God giving me the energy to do it.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10-11‬ ‭MSG

Yet, not I but the grace of God within me….

It is a sweet moment.
A defining moment.

The moment you realize that the work of God doesn’t depend on you but that you get to join in the work of God by depending on Him more and more.

It isn’t about you. You are a part of a family, a part of mission, a part of a vision born in heaven and lived on earth.

“So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Love people grace-full-y, speak God’s truth and then let Him do the heavy lifting of changing people’s lives.

From Here to There

God’s love is so expansive that there is room enough for you and room enough for all you know. The cross does not have a limited space available sign on it. Jesus stretched out His arms for all of humanity.

God has embraced you completely, placed you within the unearned luxury of His love and given you a part in it.

“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.”
1 Corinthians 15:10 MSG

Don’t let God’s grace go to waste.

Don’t let your insecurities dictate your obedience.

Don’t let fear hold you back from living and giving God’s love.

God has placed you where you are for such a time as this.

Embrace it in grace.
Engage in it with grace.

Generously receive it and generously give it.

When you find yourself here, smack dab in the center of God’a grace, you can’t help but want to reach out to those who don’t know that there is room in God’s love for them to.

Don’t waste a second. Someone out there desperately needs to know it.

Irrational Love

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The law is the standard of holiness and the very heart and character of God.

Next to it you and I are miserably weak and continually guilty. It brings us quickly to the realization that we can’t, no matter how hard we try, be good enough for God.

The grace of God is the sacrifice of Jesus to restore you to the very heart of God by relationship to intimately know the character of God.

Next to it, you and I are unceasingly pursued and continually washed. It brings us quickly to the realization that we are, because of Jesus, embraced by God.

When ever you “try” to be good, you are living in the law.

Whenever you “die” to trying and surrender completely to God you are living in grace.

It is being crucified with Christ so you can live to God.

To stop obsessing about yourself and all your faults and how to “do better” tomorrow but instead to fill up on God’s grace today.

To fix your mind on Him and fill your soul to overflowing with a divine irrational love that is unearned, undeserved and offered in Christ.

He has chosen you.

He has paid for you.

He will empower you.

May the grace of God, the undeserved, unearned favor of God so fill you to overflowing that you pour it out on others and allow God to use you any way He chooses. May you be more grace-obsessed than self-obsessed and come to know what it is to truly live.