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When I first came to Christ back in the 1980s, my testimony included how I had been delivered from fear and worry. I confess, it’s been a long time now since I realized that somewhere along the way I wrested worry and care back from the yoke of Jesus to carry it again myself. It was Dana who first named this as sin in my life… here, Spurgeon expands on it.

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“Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Savior, again and again; it is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be neglected without involving transgression: for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into His place to do for Him that which He has undertaken to do for us. We attempt to think of that which we fancy He will forget; we labor to take upon ourselves our weary burden, as if He were unable or unwilling to take it for us.

“Now this disobedience to His plain precept, this unbelief in His Word, this presumption in intruding upon His province, is all sinful. Yet more than this, anxious care often leads to acts of sin. He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our counselor, and resorting instead to human wisdom. This is going to the “broken cistern” instead of to the ‘fountain;’ a sin which was laid against Israel of old.

“Anxiety makes us doubt God’s loving kindness, and thus our love to Him grows cold; we feel mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our life one of self-seeking. Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander far from Him; but if through simple faith in His promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon Him, and are “careful for nothing” because He undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to Him, and strengthen us against much temptation. ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.’ ”

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.” — Psalm 55:22

Spurgeon, C. H. “May 26 Morning.” Bible Gateway. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

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Lindsay Carron's Rorschach for America

Encouragement for God’s people when “the strength of those who bear the burdens is failing.”  When “there is too much rubble” and “by ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.”  (Nehemiah 4:10)

 

1.  KNOW WHOM TO FEAR

* “Do not rebel against the Lord and do not fear the people of the land. (Numbers 14:9)

* “Do not be in dread or afraid of them.”  (Deuteronomy 1:29)

* “You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.” (Deuteronomy 7:21)

 

2.  CONTEND

* “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” (2 Samuel 10:12)

* “Remember the Lord who is great and awesome an fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” (Nehemiah 14:9)

* “Contend for the faith…For certain people have crept in unnoticed…ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:3-4)

 

3.  OUR CHARGE UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS

* “Engage in business until I come.” (Luke 19:13)

* “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning…you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:35, 40)

* “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4)

* “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

 

4.  OUR PROMISE

* “The gates of hell shall not prevail against [the Church].” (Matthew 16:18)

* “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)

 

 

[Painting: Rorschach for America by Lindsay Carron;

thank you to Dana Young for his verse compilation.]

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