God Tested Job

God Tested Job Part 2 – Door Opened For Job to Be Tested, Sanctified

One of his friends Elihu saw one fundamental flaw in Job: that Job believed that he was without original sin. Job was self-righteous. Yes, he was righteous as far as men are concerned, but he was not righteous as far as God’s concern. Elihu points out Job was a sinner like everyone else and is subject to the curse of sin which includes sickness and poverty.

Job 42:5-6 5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes. God here had done a work of sanctification and purified Jobs heart because it is written blessed are the pure in heart as they shall see God.” In the end Job healed and blessed twice as much after his trial. In other words, Job did not stay sick or broke. He was healed and blessed. Why, because he saw his self-righteous in him.

What is Sanctification? Sanctification is the result of being purified. When the contaminants, pollutions and alloys have been burned from our souls, we emerge from the furnace sanctified; that is, we now have a new purpose. Our part in the sanctifying process requires that we separate ourselves from Babylon and all that is profane, unholy and ungodly.

9:20-25 Nay but, O man, who art thou that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
We Christians are a work in progress. The Bible calls it sanctification. God’s aim is to produce a vessel unto His glory. A vessel that others are able to see that we are the design and handy work of the Master Potter.

God Tested Job – The Potters Clay

To start with, a potter needs a lump of clay and before he can make anything out of it, the foreign matter must be removed from it. Any stones, twigs or debris must come out. This analogy is very fitting as we know that we were made by our Creator out of clay. Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Ge 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

Then the potter may need to add some water and knead the clay until it is pliable and ready to cast on the wheel. Having done this necessary preparation, the clay is ready to receive the shape the potter has in mind.

The potter must have a plan for this lump of clay before He ever places his hands firmly around it on the spinning wheel. In His mind he sees the finished vessel. Therefore, every touch and each tool skillfully used, contributes to finish His work.

We Christians are the clay, our God is the Potter. If we are to become useful vessels we must not resist His skillful hands at work. We must not flee from the pressures of life it’s significant part in finishing our vessel.

Some of the pressures which God exerts upon us are hard to bear, but is glorious of them is to make us into His image and likeness. God must remove the foreign debris first. The lustful sinful things of this world must go. These things in us are so much part of our whole lives, but how in the world will we be able to withdraw from the wrong course of life and the evil patterns we’ve always followed?

First, coming to Christ for the new birth, means changing are coming to the way we relate to this world. Many don’t count on that. They only come to Jesus for a fire escape from hell. But there is so much more to it.

What is our attitude during trials of sanctification?

James wrote, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patients. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (1:2-4).The word count here means to consider, referring a particular “attitude” about something.

The word  (verse 2) refers to that which we delight in or are pleased with, and James even emphasized this by saying all joy; this is the “attitude” that James demanded Christians have toward their trials.

Paul was one of those who, though he suffered much (Second Corinthians 11:22-33), regarded it a joy worthy to suffer for God: he could be sorrowful, yet rejoice (Second Corinthians 6:10); this ability of Paul proves  our attitude has much to do with whether or not a test remains bitter or made  into something sweet.

Look at it that God is doing deliverance by removing fleshly thinking and wrongful attitudes.

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3).

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfected, or finisher of faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God desires to break our self-will so that we can be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Brokenness is the Lord’s method of dealing with our self-reliance that is within us to act independently from Him. Through adversity, God targets the areas of self-will in our lives. He wants to break the attitudes that do not honor Him such as self-righteousness, self-reliance, and self-centeredness. The result is that He fills ours lives with spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).

What Was Paul’s Thorn on His Side?

The apostle Paul’s horn in the flesh kept him from exalting himself, despite his impressive credentials (2 Cor. 12:7-9). Three times he cried out to God for its removal. Yet pride is so deadly that suffering this ‘thorn’ was preferable to succumbing to pride’s charms. God opposes the proud. (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5).

Jesus corrected Peter’s pride many times (Matt. 14:24-31; Matt. 16:21-23; Matt. 26:33-35; Luke 22:54-62; John 13:5-10; John 18:1-11) so that the apostle could lead the church (Acts 2:14-47).

The Father uses adversity to breaks our self-will and transform us into useful vessels for His kingdom. Usually when people think about facing hardship, they focus on the suffering and pain involved.

Conclusion:

Along with Job, Paul, Moses and even Joseph, these men had callings and purposes but Pride was in their way. Fear is the spirit that can fuel pride to cover insecurities, boastfulness, etc. God allowed these men to go through trials for sanctification to cleanse their flesh and testing to withstand the testing to be released to greater destiny and use.

What are the fruit of the spirit? Gal. 5:22-23 “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” What does it mean “there is no law”? Galatians 5:18 Be But led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Another way of looking at this is those, whose lives are adorned by the above virtues, cannot be condemned by any law, for the whole purpose and design of the moral law of God is fulfilled in those who have the Spirit of God, producing in their hearts and lives the preceding fruits.

Question:

Are you controlled by the spirit or are you controlled by your flesh? What flesh does God need to remove from your means of thinking or action! Is it pride, self-righteousness, self centeredness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, retellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before …

Back to Part 1 – Why Was Job Tested – Trials & Tribulations / Sanctification Process

 

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Signs and Symptoms of Fear Operating In Your Life

Knowing the signs and symptoms of fear can be helpful to address phobias, anxieties and stress early before your health is affected.

Signs and Symptoms of Spirit of Fear manifest in the following way:

  • Tense, light muscles, especially neck, shoulders or jaw
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Numbness and tingling in limbs
  • Heartburn, hyperacidity, indigestion
  • Colitis, peptic ulcer
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, asthma
  • Chest pain, angina
  • Allergies, frequent colds
  • Skin rash
  • Dry mouth, lump in throat
  • Chronic fatigue, exhaustion, low energy
  • Weakened immune system
  • Overweight, out of shape
  • Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Anxious, nervous
  • Depressed, don’t enjoy life, no enthusiasm, disillusioned
  • Emotionally drained, mentally strained
  • Personally devalued, broken spirit
  • Impatient, overly demanding
  • Moody
  • Fearful or scared
  • Can’t recognize and address the problems
  • Nervous, fidgeting, can’t keep still
  • Feel panicky
  • Cry easily, emotions on surface
  • Can’t concentrate, forgetful
  • Indecisive
  • Difficult getting out of bed in the morning
  • Cynical, pessimistic, negative, sarcastic
  • Can’t turn off certain stressful thoughts of feelings
  • Feel overwhelmed, overtaxed, overloaded, over committed
  • Having difficulty adjusting to change
  • No sense of humor, don’t laugh much anymore
  • Feel driven by “musts,” should’s,” gottas,” and other perfectionist or approval-seeking self-talk
  • Have trouble letting go of a major disappointment
  • Feel out of control
  • Find it difficult to bounce back from setbacks
  • Inattentive to details
  • Can’t think clearly, reduced creativity
  • Job performance is deteriorating or not what it could be
  • Unable to channel energy into productive actions
  • Overeat, lost my appetite, don’t take time to eat or to eat right
  • Depend on other drugs or chemicals
  • Avoid people, withdraw
  • Nervous behavior (e.g. bite nails, pace, fidget, can’t keep still)
  • Always in a hurry, pressed for time
  • Take tranquilizers to relax
  • Overreact or under react to stressful situations
  • Do self-defeating, non confronting things to forget my stress (e.g. shopping spree, eating binges, etc.)
  • Am addicted to work (e.g. always working late or bringing work home)
  • Try to be “Superhuman” scramble like craze to have it all, do it all, be it all
  • Overly competitive or hard-driving, even in noncompetitive situations
  • Must fill every moment with achievement-oriented behavior
  • Set unrealistic and often unnecessary deadlines
  • Diabetic reactions

Why Signs and Symptoms of Fear in your Life:

Manifestations of the Spirit of Fear is because of worry, anxiety or stress operating in your life.  Worry, anxiety and stress are all a form of a spirit of fear.

If you have 3 to 5 of these systems, then there is a Spirit of Fear operating.  A spirit of fear is stress, anxiety, worry, etc. Do you worry over issues such as bills, jobs, children, husband, etc.?  Fear destroys the body’s immune system because of a stress hormone called cortisol.

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How To fight FearsHow to Fight Fear, Stress and Worry!

 

Worry and fear does not come from God but exhaust the power God gives us to face every day problems and to carry out responsibilities. These are sinful wastes.  Fear is not God’s character but comes from the kingdom of darkness.

Fret not He loves you (John 13:1)

Faint note He holds you (Psalm 139:10)

Fear not He keeps you (Psalm 121:5)

There is biblical and scientific evidence that the diseases of today are rooted in sin.  Why, it is not trusting God.  1 John 4:18 says perfect lovc cast out fear.

Fear is the opposite of faith and fear can manifest in worry, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, OCD, etc.  Continual fear produces dis-ease such as:

Heart disease, skin rashes, anxiety attacks, feeling overwhelmed, heart palpitations, stomach issues such as gurt, back pain, compromised immune system, more colds,  etc.

Again, fear and worry are sin. Fear is a barrier to the promises of God. The scientific community is aware of how our emotions affect our bodies and  fear is the biggest issue. The limbic system is where our protective emotions originate including fear. The process of creating fear takes place unconsciously in the brain then stimulates the entire central nervous system releasing different chemicals – depending on the thought good or bad chemicals.

Part of your brain controls the physical response o fear and sends a signal directly to the amygdala which stimulates the hypothalamus to produce corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) that triggers the pituitary gland’s discharge of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which stimulates the adrenal gland to secrete cortisol.  Cortisol is a death hormone.

Cortisol in the bloodstream causes an increase in glucose production, providing the necessary fuel for the brain and muscles to deal with stress.

  • Cortisol is involved in several body functions including:
  • Proper glucose metabolism
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance
  • Immune function
  • Inflammatory response

Fear is scientifically proven to be a cause of disease. ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2008) states intense fear can make our blood clot and increase the risk of thrombosis or heart attack Anxiety patients have a statistically higher risk of dying from heart disease by a factor of 3 or 4.

The Bible says fear results in heart problems: Men’s hearts are failing for fear. Luke 21:26.

There are Healthy and Unhealthy Fears

Unhealthy fear is not of God but is projected from the kingdom of darkness. Fear and faith are opposites. We cannot run in a spirit of faith and a spirit of fear at the same time. We should not fear, because God is with us. God said He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deu 31:6).

How do you Fight Fears?

When you are fearful about something, cast your cares to the Lord because he cares 1 Peter 5:7.  He also says not to worry about tomorrow and that the birds, flowers, etc. do not worry so why should we worry.  You have to renew your means through the word of God which is renewing the mind.  The more you counteract the fiery darts from Satan and use the word, you will overcome your fears and every day worries.

Healthy fear helps us avoid life threatening or dangerous situations is God given. Fear is the beginning of wisdom (Ps. 111:10).

My favorate scripture is “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7)

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”; (2 Cor 10:5)

“That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days” (Deut 30:20a)

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Do Not Fear God is With You Always

Scriptures in the Bible About Fear

2 Chron. 20:15-17 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

 

To morrow go ye down against them: behond, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook before the wilderness of Jeruel.

 

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”

Fear Not Bible Verses

Do not fear god is with you always is so true.  Lets look at an example:  A time of distress for Israel when her enemies, Ammon and Moab stood up against Israel encamped in En-gedi.  He became afraid and set himself to seek the Lord, proclaiming a fast and a general convocation throughout all Judah.

 

A lesson to learn to turn to the Lord when you have adversaries coming against you or speaking against you either in the work place or any other place.

 

King Jehoshaphat exhorts Judah to have faith in God.

Do Not Fear God is With You Truths

What does he do next to deal with fear?

 

1.  Fast

2.  Prayer

3.  Praise and Worship

 

What did he do next? To pray

 

The prayer was:

 

1.  You are the God of our fathers

2.  You are the God of heaven

3.  You rule over all the kingdoms of the heathens

4.  You have all power and might

5.  None is able to withstand You

6.  You are our God

7.  You drove the Canaanites out before Israel

8.  You gave their land to the seed of Your eternal friend, Abraham

9.  They have dwelled there

10. They have built You a sanctuary for Your name

11.  They have told us that when we are in trouble to stand before this house, in Your presence, crying to You in our affliction, You will hear and help.

12.  And now, the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites are come to cast us out of our possession (your boss, evil people, evil family, evil workers, evil co-workers, evil friends)

13.  You will not judge them

14.  We have no might against such a company (3 companies – Moab, Ammon and Edomites)

15.  We do not know what to do

16.  Our eyes are upon You.  It is getting our eyes off the situation but onto Christ with blind trust that He will see you through your situation (job, finances, children, bills, etc.)

 

Jehosphaphat believed the Lord and bowed his head to the ground, and all Judah fell before the Lord in worship.  They worshipped his character, the promise and deliverance.

 

Do not fear God is with youaAlways so you can put our trust in the Lord.  He cares for us and cares about every detail for our lives.  When we get our eyes off of the circumstances onto Him, it releases the Lord to move mightely. The Lord sent confusion in the camp.

 

Vs. 20-21  “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe int he Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.  And when he had sonsulted with the people, he appointed Singers unto the LORD, and that should Praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army,a nd to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.”

The appointment of singers to lead the army into battle must have been in divine will, for as soon as they began to sing and praise God, God sent ambushes against the Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites and they were smitten.  God must have sent angels and the enemy became confused and they began to destroy each other.  This is a miraculous happening that, I’m sure, will take place at the battle of Armageddon.

 

vs. 22 And when they begain to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Sear, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 

The Lesson of Do Not Fear God is With You Always

The Lesson in this story is trust God, get your eyes off the situation, praise God in your situation. What I mean praise, praise like the victory has already taken place with confidence and with faith.

by Traci Morin, Touch of God Ministry of Healing and Deliverance Servant and Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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How to Face Your Giants

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How to face your giants

Have Enemies or Adversities that Seem So Big?

Numbers 13, verses 27-28:

 Spiritual Deliverance – How to Face Your Giants called Fear

And they told him, and said, We came unto the land where you sent us; and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28 However the people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, [and] very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29 Amalek dwelleth in the land of the South: and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the hill-country; and the Canaanite dwelleth by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.

How to Face Your Giants Quotes

Moses sent 12 spies into Canaan to check out the land and report back. 10 saw adversity except for two, Joshua and Caleb, had a different perspective, as we see in verse 30:

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

verses 31-33:

But the men that went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Did the 10 spies see themselves as grasshoppers compared to the Canaanites?

Did the Canaanites see the Israelites as grasshoppers?

So why didn’t Joshua and Caleb agree with the conclusion of the other men?

What was the real issue in Facing Your Giants!

The real issue was the faithfulness of God. God had been making extravagant promises to Abraham and his descendants.

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great

Why did Caleb and Joshua give a different report? What did they see?

God’s promises had been consistently trustworthy: the land was good, and it was cultivated, and there were people already living there. God had previously said all those things. God had also said that HIS power would conquer the Canaanites. Caleb & Joshua saw God’s promises and believed them.

Let’s continue: Numbers 14, verses 6-9:

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”

Conclusion of how to face your giants: God’s enemies may look tough initially, but they’ll melt away if we move in faith in obedience to the Lord. Just like adversity in life. What promises has God given you that you can stand regardless of your adversity?

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The Effects of Stress on the Body.

A state resulting from a stress; especially: one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium job-related stress, many others types of stress – basically it takes you out of peace into fear.  Stress is worry and anxiety over a person, situation or thing for that day or for tomorrow.  It is something that captures your thoughts.  That is why we are looking at how stress affects health.

How Stress Effects the Body - Stress and the immune system cortisol

How Stress Effects the Body

The bible says stress is a spirit of fear.  The Lord knew we would all be dealing with stress and 365 times in the bible it says “Fear Not”.  Why because fear does not come from God.  It comes from the kingdom of Darkness.  The devil knows if he can get you in fear, he can shut you down.

When a person is in stress or fear for long periods of time a significant number of people also suffer with anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcohol and drug abuse.

Long-term stress is dangerous to your health.  In fact, stress has effects on brain areas that play a critical role in learning and memory like foggy brain syndrome.  This affects the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.  Learn also how stress affects immune system.

Cortisol Effects on Immune System

When a person is in stress for long periods of time, a stress hormone, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, releases in the body.  Cortisol is known as a death hormone.  It affects the heart, causes high blood pressure and creates disease such as diabetes.

A person who has suffered from long-term traumatic events such as living with a family member who explodes all the time and you never know when or what will set this person off.

Stress and the Immune System Cortisol

Learn the effect prolonged stress immune system.  When under stress, your body releases in the brain and throughout the body Norepinephrine and cortisol.  Norepinephrine sharpens the sense, raise the level of fear, increases heart rate and blood pressure – fight or flight.  The norepinephrine is similar to a fire alarm that alerts all areas of the brain simultaneously.

Cortisol aids in survival by redistributing energy when an individual is under attack such as a snake crossing your path.  It also increases heart rate and blood pressure, but shunting energy to the brain and muscles to speed up thought processes and fight or flee.  After the episode, the chemical shuts off.

When a person grew up in fight or flight, their bodies continue to release cortisol into the body.  Chronic high cortisol levels cause gastric ulcers, thinning of the bones and possibly brain damage and many different types of diseases so stress affects immune system.

Traumatic events can result in brain damage and impaired memory problems because of the damage in the Hippocampus part of the brain.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome

Not only is the brain the health of a person affected.  When cortisol is high continually, a person’s moods affected, leading to depressing and feelings of fatigue.  Stress also impairs the immune system (allergies, environmental issues because of too much , which can lead to an increase in infections and possibly increased rates of cancer.  Many people with MCS/EI have high levels of cortisol in their bodies as a result of a broken heart.  Someone important broke their heart when they were youth through either emotional abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse.  Elevations in cortisol lead to increased deposition of intra-abdominal fat; this type of fat always associated with a higher mortality than obesity in general.

How Stress Affects the Cardiovascular System

Over all, stress also has effects on the cardiovascular system, which increase the risk for heart disease.  Cortisol adversely affects atherosclerosis, and elevations in norepinephrine may have direct effects on heart rhythms, leading to sudden death.  Patients with depression (related to stress) and heart disease are about five times more likely to have sudden death without depression.

What do we do with stress, fears and anxiety?

First, you must realize fear is a spirit from the kingdom of darkness.  It is the opposite of faith in God but the opposite of not trusting God or the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV).

1 Peter 5:7

Meditation on the Word of God

The Bible is filled with incredible promises from God. Meditating on these words of assurance can dispel our worry, doubt, fear and stress. Here are just a few examples of the Bible’s stress relieving verses:2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.(NIV)

Matthew 11:28-30
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”(NLT)

John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”(NLT)

It is building trust in God and trusting God in all of our circumstances in life.  1 Peter 5:7 says “cast our cares to Him because he cares for me.”

As Christians we need to learn to cast our cares to Him and allow Him to carry our burdens.  There is nothing else you can do but trust Him.  God always works it out for us.  That means “Let Go and Let God”.

 

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