Dear Ones,

This week as I was studying, the Lord ministered this Scripture to me.  1Peter 5:6-7 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, 7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” (AMP).

Several things really caught hold of my spirit in this verse.  First, God’s motivation for saying this to us is that He cares for us with “deepest affection” and is “watch[ing] over [us] very carefully.”  Thank you, Lord!  You are deeply affectionate, loving me so abundantly and watching over me to help me and lead me in ways that will bless me and protect me, save me from harm, and bring me to a wonderful place!  You are such a good, kind, and loving Father!

God is also telling us that when we humble ourselves under His great love, He will exalt us to a place of honor in His service.  Do you see how much good He has planned for us?  Each of us will be exalted into a place designed and crafted just for us by a loving God, a place in which we will be able to bless Him and those around us.  All we have to do is humble ourselves unto Him.  What a precious promise to have!  What a precious place to be!  What God is truly asking us to do is to humble ourselves under LOVE, for God is love (I John 4:16).  How easy it is to truly humble ourselves to Someone who only walks in the purest of love toward us.  We are not being asked to humble ourselves under someone or something that will do us harm or bring us injustice.  We are simply being asked to come under His umbrella of pure love, His selfless, giving, courageous, redeeming love for us.  This simply means to seek His council, to ask for His input, direction, wisdom, and guidance, to quit trying to do everything on our own, by our own power. I can do that Lord!  I want to do that!  I accept Your great love for me!

Then, God tells us how to receive and truly walk in His liberating love for us.  He tells us that all we have to do is to cast all of our cares – our anxieties, worries, and concerns – once and for all, upon Him.  So what God is telling us is that in exchange for His great love for us, all He wants – His heart’s desire – is for us to give Him our junk.  Wow, God!  I don’t know too many people here on this earth that would make that kind of a deal:  LOVE – overflowing, never ending, limitless love,  merciful, forgiving love – for my baggage, my trash, my junk, my cares, my concerns, my disappointments, and my problems!  He is asking us to trust Him.  His great love brings me freedom!  I humble myself under something that guarantees my freedom from the entanglements and difficulties and heartaches of this world!  Who can say “no” to that?  Count me in God!  I take it!  I thank you and praise you for setting me free with Your love!

Just as we were discussing last week, do you see how important it is that each of us grasp and receive God’s great love for us, a love that is deeper, wider, and higher than anything we can imagine?  Turning my cares over to God is the best thing I can do for myself and for those around me and for this world.  When I do that, I take my imperfect hands and thoughts off of the situation, and I trust Him with everything.  I place His perfect hands and thoughts on every situation, and I receive divine answers to anything that concerns me and those around me.  His covering of perfect love takes full effect, enabling His perfect plans for me to come to life!

His love guarantees our victory, and when we walk in victory, we can minister it to the encouragement of others!

I pray that you truly grasp the greatness of His love for you,

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.