Categories: Inspiration

IMG_8227Today I have a writing from Carla Hayes, who you are all familiar with now. In case you missed it last week, our family is in the process of moving so I will still be writing some but will not be able to write every day for the next month or so throughout the moving process. I hope to bring you writings from other people, some you may be familiar with, such as Carla, others will be new people you may have never heard of. Either way I know you will be blessed as we are blessed to have these people in our lives. I pray you are blessed by this writing from Carla today.

“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV)

One day while reading this verse, I said very honestly to the Lord, “Father, I know that your word says that I am to cast all my care on you because you care for me. But to be honest, just knowing that you care does not bring me comfort. I want you to do something.” I was honest and I believe my Dad smiled! He said, “Read it again.” I read it several times until it became revelation knowledge to me that what He was saying in this verse was, “Cast all your care upon me and I will DO the caring FOR you!” Well that put this whole matter in a new perspective for me. I loved that! It was like He said, “Don’t worry. I will take care of that.”

Just recently in church our Pastor preached a sermon that used the previous scripture verse and the Lord began to build upon that for me. As I thought about the different points that he had in his sermon which were #1. Don’t complain, #2. Cast all your care upon Him, #3. For every negative thought replace it with a positive one, and #4. Watch your words. Again, the scripture verse in 1 Peter 5:7 popped out at me. This time I began to talk with the Lord and tell Him that I honestly wanted to know HOW to cast my cares upon Him and to understand HOW to not take them back. That is when He began to share His word with me and I want to share that with you over the next couple of writings.

Sometimes in our lives we battle the same things over and over. We give them to Him and take them back and there never seems to be a finality in that. I knew in my heart that there had to be a key to this and I believe I have a master key that will unlock that dilemma. It’s called the Great Exchange. It’s one thing to give something to someone and it’s another thing to make an exchange. Every time you give something to the Lord, expect something in return. Hang in there. I will share scripture with you that will be a solid foundation to stand on and you can declare just like Jesus did, “It is written,” and win every time!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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