Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
In the Old Testament, there are different Hebrew words used for sin. One is chata’. Another is chatta’ ah. And another is chet. Chet carries the meaning of a crime or penalty. Chatta’ah carries the meaning offense more implying that of being a habitual offender. Chata’ carries the meaning of missing such as missing the mark. We see the word chata used for sin in the verse Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We might read it like this, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t miss it and sin.” It makes me think of the many times I’ve seen a guy say something his wife didn’t like and I’d hear him utter, “Oh, oh. I’ve just blown it.”
If we are honest, we find ourselves in all these meanings of sin. There are some things we’ve missed it in. We didn’t consciously intend to miss it or sin but did something wrong without thinking and listening to our heart and “missed it.” It’s still a sin.
Then we are all guilty of doing some wrong at some point in our life that would have counted as a crime – something we could have actually been arrested for or at the very least, gotten a ticket for.
And then I believe if we are really honest, there are things that we have done that are contrary to God’s word that we have habitually committed - things we’ve cried out to God to help us get power over and purge from our lives.
Each of us praises God that “God showed His great love for us by sending Jesus Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8) God has made provision for our sins. Not so that we could continue to sin but so that we can be delivered from the power of it. Jesus reunited us to God from the cleansing of our sins. God’s love and gift of Jesus to us, frees us from the power of sin controlling our lives and instead empowers us with His supernatural strength to overcome sin and live for Him. Hebrews 9:14 says, “Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered Himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.” Now because we realize this good news, we can talk about sin without condemnation.
When we worry, we chata’ – we miss it. Worry is sin. For many people worry feels like compassion. “I’ve been worried about you!” Your upbringing may have taught you by example that to worry for someone is like an act of compassion. It’s not true. Its chata’ – it’s missing it. Worrying does nothing but bring momentum to unbelief which is the enemy of God. Unbelief strips faith from our lives. Worry strips faith from our lives. Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God…” When we read that “Jesus was amazed at the people’s unbelief” in Mark 6:6, it is not a compliment. It was actually the unbelief of the people that hindered the power from miracles and healing. Matthew 13:58 says, “And so Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”
Over the course of my life I’ve seen many things clog a drain – almost all of those things being somewhat disgusting. Worry is just like one of those disgusting things that clogs. It hinders the power of God from operating in our life because of the inherent power of unbelief. Unbelief is really faith. It’s faith in what the devil can do rather than faith in what God can do. “Oh, I just know they are going to downsize and I’ll lose my job.” “Oh, I am so afraid I am going to get the flu this winter.” “Well I know I’ll get a stupid cold. I always do.” Worry is the down payment on the very thing you dread coming. It’s the payment of unbelief which is faith in what the devil will bring against you. This is why God instructed us through His Word saying, “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Worrying is chata’ – it’s missing the mark. It’s sin. What is the solution? Get yourself a prescription – the promises of God. The promises of God are the prescriptions to take into your heart that will, over time, strengthen your mind, strengthen your heart, and transform you from a worrier to a prayer and proclaimer of your faith in Him. You will become one who learns to say with confidence, God will never fail me or forsake me which is why I can say with confidence, the Lord is my Helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Instead of worrying about those you love, cast those cares on the Lord. Rise up in faith and prayer and say, “Father, I will not miss the mark by worrying about my children. I will pray and put my trust in you. For as much as I love them, I know you love them more! They belong to you. I thank you today that you are raising up labors to talk with them and boldly share your love with them. I thank you that the “eyes of their understanding is enlightened by your Holy Spirit.” I thank you that your angels surround them today and I rebuke every demonic attack that the enemy has set against them. I ask that your assist them as your Holy Spirit leads them to you.”
This is putting the promises of God to work which is hitting the mark. Do this and you won’t be guilty of worrying – of hindering God’s power through unbelief and missing the mark. No chata’ for you today. “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Proclaim His goodness in your life. Sing His praises. Let faith and praise arise!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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