5 Ways to Cast Your Cares on the Lord
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Jesus teaches us to meet each day’s challenges as they come and not borrow trouble from tomorrow. If we meet each day’s challenges as they come then God’s grace will be available to help us face and overcome whatever may occur in our lives.
1. Cast Your Cares by Stopping Worried Thoughts Before They Start
“We take captive every thought.” –2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
The mind is where the battle between worry (fear) and peace (faith) takes place. Whatever you allow to captivate your mind will rule your life. So, if you want the Word of God to reign over your thoughts, you have to resist the devil when he tries to plant anything contrary to it in your mind.
In order to cast your cares, you have to stop worried thoughts before they start. Example: You get a phone call or something in the mail—and it’s not good news. Are you going to worry, or stand firm in your faith and tell the devil to leave you alone? Make the decision to stand firm and take that thought captive—immediately and stop it in its tracks. Don’t let it be free to roam in your mind.
Once you’ve taken a thought captive, and a worried thought tries to creep back in, pray! It’s is impossible to worry when your spirit is in line with God’s and what he says. If you know how to pray in tongues do it, keep your thoughts in line with God’s. He doesn’t want you to worry.
2. Cast Your Cares by Replacing Worry With the Word
Cast your cares on Jesus to replace worry with the Word. Many people want God to supernaturally remove their worry, but that is not the way to get the peace of God.
Peace comes by acting on the Word which says cast your worries and anxiety on Him. Replace worry with God’s Word.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) says to think on whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. “If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The Word says that the peace of God that reassures the heart, the peace which transcends all understanding and stands guard over your hearts and minds in Christ is yours. (See Phillippians 4:7)
Every time a situation arises, be armed and ready with a response from God’s Word. His word has an answer to any situation or problem! The more time you spend in the Word, the quicker you will be with your response to the devil, just as Jesus was when the devil tried to tempt Him. No matter what the devil said, Jesus replied instantly with the truth of God’s Word. You can do it too.
You can’t combat thoughts with thoughts. You combat thoughts with words. Test it yourself! Silently, begin counting from one to 10. Now, out loud say the name of your favorite food. What happened to your counting? It stopped. Your mind had to stop and see what your mouth had to say. When you have a worried thought, speak the Word out loud—it will work every time.
3. Cast Your Cares by Getting Rid of False Humility
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. –1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
In 1 Peter 5:6-7, God tells us that it takes humility to cast our cares on Him. What is humility? True humility isn’t believing you are unworthy to receive God’s care. Instead, it’s humbling yourself under His mighty hand—the Word of God, and putting it first place (rather than what you think about a situation).
Thinking you have to solve your own problems is false humility. When you carry the care, you work, and God rests. When He carries it you give it to him, he does the work and you get to rest.
When you get up in the morning make this confession of faith,
“I’m a believer. I’m not a doubter. The Word works in me. Right now, I humble myself under the mighty hand of God. I cast my cares over on Him. From this moment forward, I refuse to worry. Instead, I will pray. I will use my faith and believe, and He’ll exalt me over the problem and over the devil. I belong to Jesus, and He cares for me!”
4. Cast Your Cares by Wearing All Your Armor
“Put on the whole armor of God.” –Ephesians 6:11 (NKJV)
Think about where the helmet of salvation sits—over your mind. The helmet protects your thoughts from the lies of the enemy. The helmet also covers your ears—which keeps you from hearing the enemy’s threatening lies.
If you tend to be fearful and to worry, think about what you’re watching on television or listening to.
If it stirs you up and you are fearful it’s not feeding your faith and protecting your thoughts. Guard your heart by guarding your eyes and ears against ideas that will make you think gloom and doom all the time.
When you have a fearful thought say to yourself, “I don’t believe that.” It’s just the devil looking for a door to get in.
Don’t go to bed with worry on your heart and give the devil an opportunity to mess with you. Instead, say, “You are not putting that on me, Satan, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
You may have to do it night after night for a while, but the thoughts will eventually go away.
Study Ephesians 6, and see how you can use each piece of the armor of God every day to cast your cares on Jesus. Find scriptures (the sword of the Spirit) that cover your situation, write them down, tape them to the refrigerator, and read them out loud every day. The Word of God is a weapon that drives fear away and takes care of things that may try to come at you in advance.
5. Cast Your Cares by Finding an accountability buddy
“Encourage one another and build one another up.” see 1 Thessalonians 5:11
If you really want to cast your cares and take a stand against worry, find someone to hold you accountable for your words, thoughts, and actions. We all need at least one person like that in our lives—someone who lives and walks by faith and can call us to a higher level. Don’t get upset or offended when you get corrected in love remember it helps you grow.
Spend time in prayer and ask the Lord to reveal who would be a good accountability buddy for you. Be willing and prepared to offer encouragement and accountability in return.
Life is full of opportunities to worry, but you don’t have to take them. When you obey God’s Word and cast your cares on Jesus, you’ll begin to live in the peace that only Jesus can give you, and have the abundant life that belongs to you!
(This article was inspired by Kenneth Copeland Ministries)