The Cares of this World

Sometimes we allow cares of this world to cause worry, burdens, sorrow, fears or distractions — maybe it’s just simply putting something before God (we all do it). We become overcome by these things, CHOKED — an imbalance that makes us wobbly and sometimes defeated. I believe it’s why we are told not to fret over evildoers.

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Just look at your newsfeed. Massive and record-breaking Fires, A Muslim Iman father training his children to kill… We watch videos of countries like Venezuela in turmoil, and yet in our own backyard we have wicked politicians inciting riots and lawlessness upon citizens or others who disagree with them. The Bible say the wicked flee when no one is chasing them, so I pray the Lord deal with them as He sees fit.
Woe to those that continue to call evil good, and good evil. Putting darkness for light, and light for darkness. Giving us bitter for sweet, again, they do not know what they do.
We watch videos from youtube or read blogs with warnings of poisonous crops, GMO seeds, harm or good in vaccines, new diseases and vermin never heard of. And on the other hand that leads us to more videos on what we can do to avoid those things, build up our health or stamina, etc., it is endless. (I am not saying these can’t be helpful, just keep yourself balanced).
We have disrespectful and terribly licentious pro-athletes and Hollywood celebrities. We watch in horror at the sickening promotion of Pedophilia and disbelief that the school systems try to indoctrinate our children into believing aberrant behavior is normal. I can’t even stand to speak on it. We are assailed with news of Chemtrails, Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, terrorism, nuclear war threats and more. Tremendously wicked evils being espoused as the norm. Injustice and a lack of common sense hits us like tidal waves daily it seems.

Overcome by the bad news?

We can get so overcome by the cares of this world. Where does it end? We should care about right and wrong, but what should be our response so we don’t get bogged down? I know some end up quitting, others get caught up in it, others ignore it. What is the answer?
Let me attempt an answer which works for me, but search for your own right answer in His sight. If you feel called by the Lord to pursue those things, you certainly don’t answer to me. You belong to Him, and can trust your walk and commit you way to Him.   Search His Word for wisdom.  We should be praying as we see these horrible things that vex our minds, the filthy conversation of the wicked.
But believers don’t judge the world, thank the Lord for that, because we see what men/women do in power. We can’t go out of the world, but we can pray for those who hate us, revile us, spitefully use us. That is the hardest for me to pray for those who seem especially wicked. It is also difficult seeing all those I love in pain or suffering.  I’m very empathetic, so I suffer with them in many regards.

Practical ways to deal with all that’s going on in the world

Here are some things to consider.
Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to handle some of the many vile things we are exposed to. But as we make choices to what we represent out there, we should try to acknowledge Him more in each of our ways. We cannot allow ourselves to be overcome by these things. Don’t let them dominate and distract you from choosing the good thing, the needed thing (Lk 10:38-42).
Martha was doing a good thing preparing much needed sustenance for Jesus and the weary disciples, but sometimes we can be distracted by many things, even good things. Maybe you need some time at His feet hearing His Word? When our soul clings to the dust we need reviving with His Word. When our soul weeps or melts from heaviness, we need strengthened by His Word (Ps 119:25,28). Trust His Word to do what He says it will do. Hungry? His Word will provide food for you (Is 55:10-11). Set your mind on things above.

More than Conquerors

We are more than conquerors, not because what we have done, but because of His great love for us. Try to remember to add to your faith (2 Pet 1:5-9).  Mostly remember (again) Luke 10:38-42 gives us the answer we need to illuminate problems in our lives. That time spent with the Lord in His Word will never be taken from us. When you get worked up against those who exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ. take these thoughts captive and bring them into the obedience of Christ. Remember what kind of battle we’re in, and fight it spiritually. Don’t repay evil for evil, fight a spiritual fight not a carnal one.   

O ye of little faith

Remember, don’t allow yourself to be choked by the cares of this world. We’ve believed God and His promise for our eternal destiny. How is it that so soon can we always be in such unbelief with the temporal?   Sinking in the waves? Running about the boat in fear? God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. We can be afraid, but when that happens, we are told to trust in Him (Ps 56). He stores every last tear we shed — He cares. His precious thoughts towards us are more than all the grains of sand in the ocean (Ps 139). He satiates the weary soul, and replenishes every sorrowful soul (Jer 31:25). Don’t forget your first love, talk to Him, give Him your burdens to Him – no – CAST your burdens on Him.
Doesn’t it make sense to remind ourselves to move close to the Rock? He is the one mighty in battle, I want Him closer in the battle, how foolish to flee in fear taking myself further from the Savior. I don’t want to be distracted by the stormy waves beneath my feet so I need to keep my eyes on Him not my circumstances.
We get hurt in this life, we lose loved ones, we suffer trauma even from an accident we weren’t in (like my son Adam). These are real feelings and He knows our frame, that we are but dust. We carry the burdens of others and fall at times from our own weakness. We get sick, we have money troubles, and worse. You know what you have gone through, nobody knows how much except Jesus. He cares, He is a man of sorrow acquainted with our grief (Is 53).
When you find yourself overwhelmed remember this: When our heart is overwhelmed, we should cry out to Him, ‘Lead me to the Rock which is higher than I’ (Ps 61). Thank Him for the shelter He has been, the strong tower He is from the enemy, and the fact that we will abide in His tabernacle FOREVER.
Fix your eyes on Jesus, keep your mind stayed on Him if you want to be in perfect peace (Heb 12:1-2; Is 26:3). Trust in Him, don’t lean on your own understanding (Pr 3:5-6). Keep talking to Him about every detail and cast your cares upon Him before they build up (1 Pet 5:5-7). God cares about the little details of our lives, keep talking to Him about it, and trusting Him with the outcome. But spend some time delighting yourself in the Lord, Committing your way unto Him, trust in Him, He is the one who will bring it to pass (Ps 37:3-5). Rest in the Lord and wait patiently. Again, don’t fret about these who are seeming to prosper in their wicked ways. They will be cut off one day.
There is a day coming that will be joyous for some, and a terrible realization for many. Fight the good fight of FAITH in the meantime. Put your armor on daily. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word, be a doer. Stay close to Him and hear what He has to say in His Word. And when you go to bed tonight, think on His song over you (Ps 42:7-8), a prayer to the God of my life.
Love in Christ, Holly.

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