I had a gentleman last week propose a suggestion on my blog post that prompted this week’s post. The suggestion in a nutshell was to tell people “how to cast” and not just telling them “to cast”. Have you ever been to a service or meeting and heard a teaching that just seemed so right but never quite made it home? Well I have!!!! In areas of grace, finances, health, or even relationships, I find teachings that have a great start but they never make the full circle of bringing it home to really be applicable in one’s life. I never want to do that here with the Kingdom Thinking Blog.
So how do you learn to cast? I’m sure any true fisherman would tell you that you can’t just grab a pole and start throwing. There is a seeking of the perfect rod and reel and then the perfect line and finally to the lure and then patiently taking the time to learn and grow. Well honestly, there are some great Kingdom principles in that. God has fully supplied all the tools you need to live a Kingdom life to the fullest; not in just one area of your life, but in every area. BUT, you have to take those tools and patiently study them and allow them to become a part of your life so that you can use them as designed. As a fisherman, you are daily perfecting your casting skills through seeking Him in the Word and trusting Him in your actions.
So how do you cast the cares that so easily weigh you down? First, you must take your eyes off of the cares and get your eyes on Him. When I say “get your eyes on Him”, it is not a reference of looking at a physical man but instead to do as He said in the Word. Matthew 6:33 AMP “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” You cannot be the carrier of a problem and a seeker of the Kingdom at the same time. As you seek the Kingdom, you are actually seeking God and as you seek Him you find a peace that truly does surpass all understanding if you allow what you read to seed in you.
Getting back to the fisherman; as long as they are simply carrying the tools of a fisherman and not using them, they will never find themselves in that place to get the perfect catch. It is the same for you; until you let go of the baggage you are carrying, you will never really find yourself in a place of growth and increase. God has so much for you and to live a life not partaking of them is like paying for your dream car or home, but never being able to enjoy them. Here are couple of great casting scriptures to fill your tackle box with:
1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Psalms 55:22 (AMP) Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).
And as you cast, you are perfected by the completed works of Christ at the Cross. Psalms 138:8 (AMP) The Lord will perfect that which concerns you; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands.
I will close with this; a very close friend of mine just texted me with a thought as I was writing this post. This text was perfectly timed because it talked about Galatians 6:2 (AMP) “Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].” Now you must ALL know that when you read the words “the law of Christ” that you are reading about the love of Christ. He is not telling you to carry one another’s baggage, but instead to be carriers of a love for others; a love so great that you can’t stand to see them not whole and complete.
So it’s time to cast from you all the heaviness of life and reel in the fullness of His peace that passes all of your natural understanding. There is no bigger catch!