The Cares of this World

All Scriptures are linked in this article. Please consider going to each one. Make it a Bible study. Spend some time with Him, listening to and dwelling on His Word. Thank Him for the truth that it is.
Sometimes the cares of this world can cause worry, burdens, sorrow, depression, fears or distractions — maybe it’s just simply putting something before God (we all do it). We become overcome by these things, CHOKED — an imbalance that makes us wobbly and sometimes defeated. I believe it’s why we are told not to fret over evildoers. I will say, this does not mean we do not call evil, evil.
Pray and ask for relief from it. Cry out to Him.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah Ps 62:8
For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
But when He cried to Him, He heard. Psalm 22:24

Facebook Newsfeeds

Just look at your newsfeed on Facebook or any other Social Media site. Massive and record-breaking Fires, A Muslim Iman father training his children to kill (here in the U.S.), evil and lying leadership in Politics (updated in 2022), rising crime, riots, sickness, possible famine. We watch videos of countries like Venezuela in turmoil, and yet in our own backyard we have similar wicked politicians inciting riots and lawlessness upon citizens, or any who disagree with them. Israel and the attack by Hamas (updated in 2023). The Bible says the wicked flee when no one is chasing them, so I pray the Lord will deal with them as He sees fit and hopefully soon.
Isaiah (5:20) says, Woe to those that continue to call evil good, and good evil. Putting darkness for light, and light for darkness. Giving us bitter for sweet — again, they do not know what they do. They will face a day of Judgment. Prayerfully for some, they will escape that because they will have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
We watch videos from YouTube, or read blogs with warnings of poisonous crops, GMO seeds, destroyed food plants, harm or good in vaccines, new diseases and vermin never heard of, banking, upheaval in politics, riots, protests and more. And on the other hand, that leads us to more videos on what we can do to avoid those things, build up our health or stamina, etc., it is endless. (I am not in any way saying these can’t be helpful, just keep yourself balanced with time spent with Him).
We have disrespectful and terribly licentious and condescending pro-athletes and Hollywood celebrities. We watch in horror at the sickening promotion of Pedophilia, CRT, trans surgeries, and disbelief that the school systems try to indoctrinate our children into believing aberrant behavior is normal. And in the 2022 update, we have a President trying to push children to change genders. I can’t even stand to speak on it. Daily we are assailed with news of (now Covid 19 – edited in), Vaccines, Chemtrails, Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, terrorism, nuclear war threats, and more. Tremendously wicked evils being espoused as the norm make us stricken and some in despair. Injustice and a total lack of common sense or blinding hits us like tidal waves daily it seems.

Are you overcome by the bad news?

We can get so overcome by the cares of this world. The daily bad news. Where does it end? We should care about right and wrong, but what should be our response to it all so we don’t get bogged down? I know some end up just throwing up their hands, others get caught up in it, others ignore it. Some even condemn you for speaking about it (or not speaking about it). Others are severely depressed or concerned. What is the answer?
Let me attempt an answer which works for me (and needs to keep being applied), but search for your own right answer in His Word to find what is right in His sight. If you feel called by the Lord to pursue whatever it is (that is not a certain sin), you certainly don’t answer to me. You belong to Him, and can trust your walk, and commit you way to Him (Ps 37:3-5). Search His Word for wisdom. We should be praying without ceasing as we see these horrible things that vex our minds, by the filthy conduct of the wicked.
But believers don’t judge the world, thank the Lord for that (1 Cor 5:12-13). Because we see what men/women do in power and wish for vengeance (which will come – 2 Thess 1:6-10). That passage in of itself gives me some compassion for the most wicked (Jude 22-23).

We are not of this world

We can’t go out of the world, but we can pray for those who hate us, revile us, or spitefully use us (Matt 5:44). It is the hardest for me to pray for those who seem especially wicked and seem bent on other’s destruction. It is also difficult seeing all those I love in pain or suffering. I’m very empathetic, so I suffer with them in many regards. In coming here in October of 2023, I am extremely grieved with the types of Terrorist killings in Israel by Hamas. I can only imagine some of the evil powers behind it. But God knows and He will be glorified in Israel one day.

Practical ways to deal with all that’s going on in the world

Here are some things to consider.
Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to handle some of the many vile things we are exposed to in our world. Even Jesus withdrew and took time to refresh. But, as we make choices to what we represent out there, we should try to acknowledge Him more in each of our ways (Pr 3:5-6). We cannot allow ourselves to be overcome by these things. Remember what He said (John 16:33). Don’t let evil dominate and distract you from choosing the good thing, the needed thing (Lk 10:38-42). Don’t forget to take some time in hymns and songs (that have Biblically sound lyrics). Make a playlist and play it and sing to Him. It may seem trivial, but His Word does encourage this. This passage has a whole lot of wisdom packed in.
Let His peace Rule.
Be thankful.
Let His Word dwell in You.
Teach and Admonish each other in Psalms, Hymns, spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to Him.
Do all you do as unto Him
giving thanks to the Father through Him.
How often do we forget to say thank You in sincerity for the many blessings we do have, vs. complaining about how bad things are?

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do allin the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col 3:15-17

There are many distractions in this world

Martha was doing a good thing preparing much needed sustenance for Jesus and the weary disciples, but sometimes we can be distracted by many things, even good things. Maybe you need some time at His feet hearing His Word? When our soul clings to the dust, we need reviving with His Word. When our soul weeps or melts from heaviness, we need strengthened by His Word (Ps 119:25,28). Trust His Word to do what He says it will do. Hungry? His Word will provide food for you (Is 55:10-11). Set your mind on things above.

Super Overcomers – More than Conquerors

This passage below contains a phrase that basically means ‘super overcomer‘. Thank God for today, and trust this truth, no matter how downcast you may feel. Because HE is for us, in us, and loved us with great loves, this is true for all believers:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors (Super Overcomers) through Him who loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to comenor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:31-39

Add to your faith

Let the Word dwell richly in you — apply it. It will add to your faith as we are admonished to add to our faith in (2 Pet 1:5-9). Mostly remember (again) Luke 10:38-42 gives us the answer we need to illuminate problems in our lives. That time spent with the Lord in His Word will never be taken from us. When you get worked up against those who exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ, take these thoughts captive and bring them into the obedience of Christ. Remember what kind of battle we’re in and fight it spiritually. Don’t repay evil for evil, fight a spiritual fight not a carnal one. (Preaching to myself here too).

O ye of little faith

Even His Disciples were upbraided more than once for their lack of faith. We are frail human beings. He remembers this and loves us and has compassion on us as His beloved children. Remember, don’t allow yourself to be choked by the cares of this world. We’ve believed God and His promise for our eternal destiny. How is it that so soon can we always be in such unbelief with the temporal fears? Sinking in the waves? Running about the boat in fear?
God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). We can be afraid, but when that happens, we are told to trust in Him (Ps 56). He stores every last tear we shed — He cares. His precious thoughts towards us are more than all the grains of sand in the ocean (Ps 139). He satiates the weary soul, and replenishes every sorrowful soul (Jer 31:25). Don’t forget your first love, talk to Him, give Him your burdens to Him – no – CAST your burdens on Him.
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:2
Doesn’t it make sense to remind ourselves to move close to the Rock? He is the one mighty in battle, I want Him closer in the battle, how foolish to flee in fear taking myself further from the Savior. I don’t want to be distracted by the stormy waves beneath my feet so I need to keep my eyes on Him not my circumstances.

Hurt and Trauma

We get hurt badly in this life, we lose loved ones, we suffer trauma even from an accident we weren’t in (like my son Adam). These are real feelings and He knows our frame, that we are but dust. We try to carry the burdens of others and fall at times from our own weakness. We get sick, we have money troubles, and worse. You know what you have gone through, nobody knows how much except Jesus. He cares, He is a man of sorrow acquainted with our grief (Is 53). See more here on the Traumas and hurts in this lifetime.

When your heart is overwhelmed

When you find yourself overwhelmed remember this: When our heart is overwhelmed, we should cry out to Him, ‘Lead me to the Rock which is higher than I’ (Ps 61). Thank Him for the shelter He has been, the strong tower He is from the enemy, and the fact that we will abide in His tabernacle FOREVER.
Fix your eyes on Jesus, keep your mind stayed on Him if you want to be in perfect peace (Heb 12:1-2; Is 26:3). Trust in Him, don’t lean on your own understanding (Pr 3:5-6). Keep talking to Him about every detail and cast your cares upon Him before they build up (1 Pet 5:5-7). God cares about the little details of our lives, keep talking to Him about it, and trusting Him with the outcome. But spend some time delighting yourself in the Lord, Committing your way unto Him, trust in Him, He is the one who will bring it to pass (Ps 37:3-5). Rest in the Lord and wait patiently. Again, don’t fret about these who are seeming to prosper in their wicked ways. They will be cut off one day.

There is a day coming that will be joyous for some, and a terrible realization for many. If you are not sure of where you might go when you die, PLEASE consider this LINK.

Fellow believers — Prepare as you can in prayer. Fight the good fight of FAITH in the meantime. Put your armor on daily. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word, be a doer, it will help so much. Stay close to Him and hear what He has to say in His Word. And when you go to bed tonight, think on His song over you (Ps 42:7-8), a prayer to the God of my life.

Love in Christ, Holly.

4 Responses to “The Cares of this World

  • Thanks for sharing, God bless you.

    • Derick, above many you understand about the cares of this world. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  • Daniel Ngan
    3 months ago

    Hi holly, i saw you mentioning pedophilia here. I recently hear that there are some people, including some christian brothers, who admit that they have sexual attraction towards children, but they know that pedophilia is wrong and they don’t want to act upon it. How should we deal with these people, do you think they are dangerous and bad people?

    • I think that if they have those thoughts, they need to take them captive and bring them into the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5) if they are Christians. As Christians they should be reminded there are severe penalties on this earth for sexual immorality and for hurting children (remember the millsone)? With that said, if they are His, they have His righteousness. They need to submit to God and resist the devil so he will flee. Getting off the internet sites, getting away from temptation, getting Christian counsel, all might be appropriate. If they are not committing the sin, I do not think we should judge them as either.

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