1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
With problems in the family; suffering of loved ones; even our own personal mental and emotional battles that rage in ourselves…HOW DO I KNOW THAT GOD REALLY CARES FOR ME?
Most often, we are like Judges 6:13, “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
How do you answer Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Do you answer…”THERE IS A WHOLE BUNCH AGAINST US!” (?)
This will help pull things into perspective:
I. We must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
A. More than just knowing about Jesus Christ, or going to church…there is no other way to know for a surety that God cares for us than to have a real, active, living relationship with Jesus Christ. John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Knowing Jesus Christ personally is the first step in knowing He cares for you. (Step of Salvation)
II. We must admit that we cannot handle our problems without His help.
A. As simple as this sounds, when we admit we cannot handle our problems without His help, we are surrendering our abilities and power to Jesus Christ. James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” It is this humility that opens the pathway for God to help us. (Step of Humility)
III. We must once and for all surrender our problems and ourselves to Him.
A. Acts 5:4, “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” In this piece of Biblical History, we find property sold by Ananias and Sapphira. They had schemed to keep back part of the revenue for themselves and only give part to the work of The Lord. As Peter said, “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own?” You owned it; you controlled it; you possessed it. “…and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?” In other words, “could you not have given 100% to God? ” God does not want part of you…He wants 100% of you. Including handling you as well as your problems. (Step of Faith)
IV. We must keep in touch with The Father
A. It has been profoundly stated, “During life crisis, God hears a lot of ‘strange’ voices”. A constant contact with God by way of reading His words (King James Bible) Don’t wait till tragedy, or crisis hits…keep in touch with Jesus, and He will keep in touch with you! (Step of Dedication)