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IMG_8227Today is part 3 of the series by Carla Hayes, Cast Your Care Upon Him. I pray you have been blessed and encouraged by these writings.


When you come to the Lord in prayer and you have a care, make an exchange. The problem is we come to Him and say “Father, I give this to you” and that is as far as we go. When you come to Him and give Him your care, ask for something in return to fill that void that is left. The truth is you are always full of something whether it is negative or positive. Many times it is both at the same time. Once something leaves you there must be something to fill the area that is left void. Start replacing the negative thought or feeling with a positive scripture and watch the change as you receive it. Remember, He is the Word. When the momentum starts, hope and joy will again spring forth and you will be able to remain full as you keep short accounts. There is such peace that remains.

Let me share some scriptures to back up what I am saying and close with a visual. Philippians 4:6 says “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Give Him your anxiety and receive His peace. Ask for it in return. As you continue to meditate on that scripture it will become your own, that is how you receive.

Isaiah 61:3 says, “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for morning, the garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness. That they may be called the trees of righteousness; the planting of the Lord.” Look at the exchange here…beauty for ashes, oil of joy for morning, and praise for heaviness. All through scripture you will see one exchange after another. We have action on our part to receive at times, for example “let not”, “put on”, etc., but then receive the promise.

Here is a visual that I hope will help you. You have two glasses. One is full of salt to the brim and one is full of pepper to the brim. You are always full. If you take a pinch of salt and place it in the pepper you have to put a pinch of pepper in the salt to make it an even exchange so the cup remains full to the brim. You will actually see the exchange because of the color. If you keep doing that you will make a complete even exchange at some point. One pinch for the other. I know that sounds very elementary but the gospel is so simple we stumble over it. If there is no exchange with the Lord and you just empty yourself with no return from the Lord, you leave room for the enemy. (Luke 11: 24-26)

Start today to be transformed by the renewing of your mind and receiving from the Lord and make the exchange with Him and receive. You will begin to look just like Him!

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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