"CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM, FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU."

Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-11, Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:25-30

Text: "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you."

INTRODUCTION

[a] I remember once during the collecting of the Annual Appeal, a lady was not very pleasant when I went to her door, and said, in no uncertain terms, "I have already given my cast-off clothing - so I'm not giving a donation as well!"

[b] I was so tempted to say to that lady, "GOD WANTS MORE THAN YOUR CAST-OFFS!"

[c] There is a very real sense in which that is true - many give God, no more than their cast-off or left-over time, money, effort.

[d] Does He not deserve more than that??

[e] However, although I have said that, there is a sense in which God also asks us FOR certain cast-offs!

[f] Our text says, "CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM, FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU!"

CAST ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM

[a] "CASTING" to me, speaks of a kind of abandoning; I mean, if you cast something aside, you don't want it any more! Like the woman with her 'cast off clothes'!

[b] When we CAST our care upon the Lord, we have to let go of it ourselves!

i. Loads of folk say they have cast their care upon the Lord, and yet those very same worries and cares, are grinding them into the ground.

ii. We often say, that we must bring our concerns to the Lord and LEAVE THEM THERE - not take them away again!

[c] I think the idea of CASTING our care upon the Lord - brings out that self same thought in an even clearer fashion!

[d] The Bible speaks of CASTING OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US! It means they are to be cast away forever!

[e] Surely the same thought must apply to our CARES! When we CAST them upon Jesus, we of necessity, MUST BE CASTING THEM AWAY FROM OURSELVES!

BURDENED

[a] Are you weighed down - burdened with a load of care?

Jesus says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

[b] Pilgrim, in Pilgrim's Progress, was laden down with a heavy burden - the burden was SIN!

[c] Maybe you're here in this meeting tonight, and the burden of your sin weighs heavily upon you! You are finding it heavy to bear, and as God's Holy Spirit reveals it more and more to you - the heavier it becomes!

[d] The children's chorus says, 'My sins rose as high as a mountain.'

Is that mountain of your sin weighing you down tonight? Jesus died that you might be delivered from it!!

[e] In the early days of the Salvation Army, whilst William Booth and others preached, people in the congregation, would fall to the ground, under the mighty convicting hand of the Holy Spirit! They would weep openly calling for mercy, forgiveness, and release, from the terrible burden of sin and guilt they felt!

[*] As you will know, before it was re-named, the Salvation Army was known as The Christian Mission. In those early days, we were looked upon as fanatics! Let me read to you, an event from Salvation Army history of those days:-

"Big men as well as women fell to the ground and lay there as dead, overwhelmed by the power from on high. When the gladness of God's mighty deliverance burst upon them, they laughed as well as cried for joy. God wrought with a mighty hand, so as to confound the wicked one, and raise many of His people into righteousness and peace and joy in

the Holy Ghost." ('WILLIAM BOOTH' by Minnie Lindsay Carpenter)

THAT KIND OF REVIVAL IS HAPPENING AGAIN AMONGST GOD'S PEOPLE - INDEED SOME OF YOU HAVE SEEN AND EXPERIENCED IT THIS PAST WEEK! HALLELUJAH!!

[f] In recent days, we have had people weep in our own meetings, as the Holy Spirit has brought home to them the burden of their sin, and the awful agonies that sin cost Jesus on the cross, as in the words of the Apostle Peter, He "Bore our sins in His Own body on the tree."

[g] Because HE HAS BORNE THEM, we need bear them no longer! The burden can be lifted this very moment, AS WE CAST ALL OUR CARE UPON HIM!

[h] Psalm 55:22 says "Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee." Before He is able to SUSTAIN US, we must willingly cast our burden upon Him!

HE WANTS IT ALL BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

[a] WE ARE TO CAST ALL OUR CARE UPON HIM!

[b] There is nothing too hard for God!! There is nothing too vile or too difficult for Him to cope with!! He truly wants ALL of our care!

[*] That care may be WORRY, SORROW, SIN, SICKNESS, INFIRMITY, PAIN, DISTRESS, WEAKNESS, LACK OF POWER, A FAILING RELATIONSHIP!

NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, CAST ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM!

[c] WHY SHOULD HE WANT ALL OF OUR CARE?? - "BECAUSE HE CARETH FOR YOU!"

[d] No matter what we are - no matter what we've done - GOD LOVES US!

[e] There is NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, OR WITHIN US, OR IN WHAT WE'VE DONE, THAT CAN EVER CHANGE THAT!! HIS LOVE IN NO WAY DEPENDS UPON HOW 'GOOD' OR 'RELIGIOUS' WE ARE!! He loves us IN SPITE OF OURSELVES!

[f] The Apostle Paul reminds us that it was "WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS" that Christ died for us!!

And he could speak from the intimate knowledge of one who thought little of imprisoning and murdered Christians for their faith - one who in 1 Timothy 1:15, calls himself the "CHIEF OF SINNERS!"

[g] He knew what he was talking about - so you can rest assured, that GOD LOVES YOU HERE TONIGHT, DEEPLY PASSIONATELY, AND WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE! NOTHING CAN SHAKE IT!!


CONCLUSION

[a] But IT IS ONLY YOU who can DO THE CASTING! The Lord cannot take your burden, unless you cast it upon Him.

[b] Can you think of ANYTHING in your remotest imagination, that could ever be important enough to keep you away from the Lord??

Important enough to allow your burden of sin to damn you in the pit of Hell for all of eternity?? COULD ANYBODY OR ANYTHING EVER BE THAT IMPORTANT??
[c] SO WHAT ON EARTH AT THIS MOMENT, COULD HINDER YOU COMING TO THE LORD??

[d] Do you not hear His voice in your heart, as He says YET AGAIN, "COME UNTO ME ALL YE THAT LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST"

[e] Right at this moment, you can have your burden of sin taken away, as you CAST IT UPON THE LORD - YOU CAN BE SAVED - FOR TIME AND FOR ETERNITY!

[f] If you are ill or in pain, CAST YOUR CARE UPON THE LORD!

[g] If you are worried or distressed, CAST YOUR CARE UPON THE LORD!

(Songs from Salvation Army Song Book)

SONG 405 (TUNE 611)

CHORUS OF SONG 246 (ALL YOUR ANXIETY)

PRAYER

SONGSTERS

CHORUS 166 (I HAVE CAST MY BURDEN ON THE SAVIOUR)

UNITED BAND

ANNOUNCEMENTS & COLLECTION

SINGING COMPANY

SENIOR BAND

BIBLE READING

SONG 396 (TUNE 196 - OR 202 ?)

SONGSTERS (CASTING ALL YOUR CARE ON HIM)

MESSAGE

PART SINGING COMPANY (I WILL CAST ALL MY CARE UPON YOU)

APPEAL

SONG 238 (TUNE 792)

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