“I must expect EVERYTHING from my Lord Jesus.”
Is this your way of life? Is He, Jesus Christ our Lord, your way, your truth, and your life? This question is not a judgment or condemnation on anyone. If you are answering yes, then we rejoice together in the goodness and grace of the Lord. If you are answering no or you just aren’t sure, then we who love you in Christ want to help you reach this destination of casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.
We are never out of God’s Presence. Sin blinds us to His Presence and power. The first step to deeper relationship with the Lord is knowing we are creatures of sin, and asking God to forgive us and cleanse us. It is something we do by faith, even when we have not recognized any particular sin. So refreshing! To be free from the power of sin and death is to walk in total freedom! Do you think you are not sinful? This is something to repent, that is; to change your mind about. Accept what the scriptures say that ALL have sinned and miss God’s glory. Then you can move forward in God’s grace that He has given you to know Him.
The second step is to deliberately and consciously give yourself to the Lord. You already belong to Him, so don’t be afraid of things happening you can’t change. Let Jesus change you, instead. Let Him bless you with freeedom from having to do everything yourself. You can’t, anyway, you know. Jesus wants to take care of you, and HE CAN. He is God, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He heals and provides and gives eternal life. He never changes; His promises never fail. He protects what is His and you are His.
The third step is now to leave everything up to the Lord. Everything. Do your bones ache with cold? Ask Jesus to remove the ache. Are you confused about what to believe in a certain situation? Ask Jesus to open your eyes more to Him, because He is where you find the truth. Did you spend money foolishly and now you can’t get it back when there are bills to pay? Tell Jesus what you did and admit your foolishness. Ask Him to stop you from doing it again. Ask Him to pay those bills. Is someone in your family rebelling against God and you are afraid for that person’s life? Give your fear to Jesus – see, He knows all about it, and He is crying with you. Keep praying, and you are working with Him to bring salvation to your brother.
Now, beloved, rest in the Lord. Wait patiently for Him. He will give you the desires of your heart. Has He not placed them there? You will walk in love and see the glory of God come down.