You Are More
An Exercise in Casting Cares
In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley
God's shoulders are wide enough to carry your burdens. He is sovereign over the universe, so He is certainly capable of working out problems and meeting needs. Today I want to give you an exercise that will help make casting your cares a practical act.
First, write on a piece of paper the things that cause your anxiety. Once you start writing, you may discover a list of items that cheat you out of peace.
Next, pray each issue into God's care. Recall Psalm 18:35, which promises that He upholds believers in His loving grasp.
Finally, as you pray, visualize placing the situation into God's omnipotent hands. For example, a woman may imagine handing over to the Lord what she owes, while saying, "Father, I give You my financial anxiety. I know that You will show me how to get out of debt. You are more than sufficient to handle it, and I trust You to guide me."
Some people may protest this suggestion, because humanistic and pseudo-spiritual movements also use a method they refer to as "visualizing." Don't let anyone steal what is rightfully yours. God creates word pictures throughout the Bible. This exercise merely creates a mental snapshot of the Lord doing exactly what He says He will do (Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26).
When you have transferred all of your worries to God's hands, wad up that paper in your fist, and then destroy it. In this way, you symbolize the transaction that just took place. Your cares are no longer yours. Every one of them belongs to the Lord. Walk away in perfect peace.
Life of Obedience
The beginning of the year can represent a fresh start,
a chance to heal, or an opportunity to make things right.
But stop and ask yourself, Where does the Lord fit in the
decisions I make?
Read this letter from Dr. Stanley and learn to fully obey God.
For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.
How to Know the Will of God
Love Worth Finding with Pastor Adrian Rogers
"If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7
Do you want to know the will of God in your life? Here's a test: how much time do you spend reading the Bible?
Do you think God really believes we want to know His will when we don't take even 15 minutes a day to read the one book above all books that God has specifically written to show you His will, to reveal His will to you, to unfold His will to you?
Your first step in knowing His will is the surrender principle - surrendering our will to His. Your second step is the scripture principle. Read His word, meditate upon it, share it, and study it. When you bow to His will and read His will, you'll know His will.
Commit to read God's Word at least 15 minutes a day for 30 days. When the month is over, reevaluate what you have learned and ask God to help you be obedient to daily Bible reading from this day forward.
For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org.
Tenth Avenue North - You Are More
There's a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered
And the shame she can't hide
She says, "How did I get here?
I'm not who I once was.
And I'm crippled by the fear
That I've fallen too far to love."
But don't you know who you are?
What's been done for you?
Yeah, don't you know who you are?
You are more than the choices that you've made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You've been remade
Well she tries to believe it
That she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling
That it's not true tonight
She knows all the answers
And she's rehearsed all the lines
And so she'll try to do better
But then she's too weak to try
But don't you know who you are?
'Cause this is not about what you've done
But what's been done for you
This is not about where you've been
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel
But what He felt to forgive you
And what He felt to make you loved
By SIMPLY DIVINE LOVE on Wednesday, January 12, 2011