Monday, August 29, 2016

Let's Play Hot Potato With Our Cares

Do you remember playing the game of “Hot Potato” as a child? We got in a circle and we tossed around a small ball, instead of a potato, but the object was to pretend it was a a very HOT potato. It was way to HOT to hold so we wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. Either music was played and stopped or someone was designated to shout out “HOT” and whoever was holding the “potato”….er…ball, would be out of the game. It was a great opportunity for practicing motor skills involving eye-hand coordination and catching.

I think it's time for us, as adults, to play that HOT potato game with the worries, concerns, challenges, fears, intimidations and any other adverse taunts that the enemy sends our way. He plays games with us, so why don’t we play games with him? When we play offensively against our arch-enemy #1, with the power of God’s Word and His Spirit within us…..he will be the loser every time. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” I love that. Casting is like playing Hot Potato – getting rid of that potato as soon as possible, and getting rid of our worries and anxieties by casting them on He Who is our worry-bearer, our care-bearer, and all our other concerns-bearer.

Anything that causes us anxiety takes a lot of space in our brains. Let’s trade those thoughts for “I am expecting things to turn around for me. I am expecting blessings. I am expecting the answer to my problems. I am expecting God to take over all my concerns. I am expecting good things coming my way. I am a faith-filled, fully devoted follower of Christ, therefore, there is no space in my place for doubt and worry. I can’t help but overcome because THE GREATER ONE LIVES in me and occupies ALL that space in my brain, in my thoughts and in my actions. I speak to the enemy “Liar, Liar – pants on fire – you lose. I win, because I am on the winning team!