The Silent Killer

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High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms as it destroys your blood vessels and kidneys. In time, it can kill you.

There is something even more subtle than undetected high blood pressure God warns us about. “Cares” are the ultimate “silent killers”. Here as well, the symptoms go unnoticed until the damage has been done.

A synonym for care is worry. Worry (care), can sneak up on you like a snake. If not detected as coming from the enemy, the damage may go unnoticed until it is too late. God’s Word instructs us to take aggressive action concerning cares.

1 Peter 5, 7

The history of the word “casting” goes back to a story prior to that of the Bible. It is a tale of a little boy playing outside, unaware of a deadly snake coiled and ready to strike him. The boy’s father sees the snake and in one lightning quick movement grabs it, breaks its neck and casts it far away from his son. This response is the basis for the word, “casting” – the violent removal of something deadly.

God sees care (worry) as a deadly attack of Satan (the serpent) against your mind and body. The problem is we don’t recognize it as deadly, because we don’t realize it is a satanic attack until after the damage has been done.

I ordered some books on line. Several months later, I realized I had not received my order. I contacted the company and they said they would send another package with priority mail. Another month, and still no package. After about eight contacts back and forth with this company, I was frustrated and ready to contact them again, when I felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit telling me, “Why don’t you give this to Me, and let Me handle it?”

I prayed, “Okay Lord, I am going to cast this care over to You and will not give it another thought.” Famous last words.

No sooner had I said it, another thought entered my mind, Maybe I could contact them on Facebook to see if I might get a better response? Just as I started to do this a warning flashed in my mind.

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The Holy Spirit had spoken with authority.

This is when I realized a spiritual battle was going on. I had cast this care upon the Lord and once I do this, it was no longer mine to deal with. Yet a few minutes later, my mind was bombarded with more thoughts of what else to do about this matter. This time I knew it was the enemy, so I spoke out loud, “I have cast this care on the Lord – it’s no longer mine!” I had to refuse to allow my mind to dwell on it any longer.

It’s no coincidence, later that afternoon, a package arrived in the mail. Yes, it was my order! You think God was trying to teach me something?

He is serious about teaching us to, “Cast all (our) cares upon Him…”

Cares (worries) are the silent killers in your life! You may be facing more serious issues like a wayward child, a sick loved one, or a financial burden. The spiritual teaching in every one of these situations is still the same. It is absolutely vital for us to cast all our cares, even the little ones, on Him.

The greater the care, the greater the need to cast it upon the Lord and leave it there. The bigger cares may be harder to cast off your heart and mind. Like a wave at the beach, they keep coming back to you. This is why we must practice this discipline daily in the little things in order to be ready when the big trials come.

You will always have cares, but cares are not to have you.

freely-10292How do I cast my cares upon the Lord?

Turn them into prayers and send them to God like sending an e-mail. Through prayer your cares have reached the throne of God. Let Him handle them and trust Him to do a better job than you ever could. By doing this, you have just violently removed something deadly from your life!

The enemy will try to bring it back to your mind. Resist Him, and instead of worrying –  start thanking God that He’s got it. Remember the Holy Spirit’s words to me?

Either He will handle this, or you will.
Which is it going to be?
You can’t have it both ways.

Cast that deadly care upon Him by turning it into prayer. Then imagine you can hear “swoosh” – it’s gone like sending an e-mail. He will handle it now. When you turn your cares into prayers and cast them on the Lord – something powerful happens. The deadly silent killer’s neck has been broken and cast away from you by your loving Heavenly Father. He is watching over you and He really cares for you. Allow Him to stop the silent killer!

I would love to hear your comments:

Author: garywashburn@gracetab.org

I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ for 40 years this year. I am married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years since 9-11-76. We have two grown children, and 7 of the most wonderful grandchildren in the world! I am a pastor (Shepherd) to the world and to a great flock called Grace Tabernacle in Wildwood, Florida. I have been a full time preacher and teacher of the Word of God for 31 years. I love to encourage people to follow Jesus. I am a writer who is learning to write better by writing. I authored one book “Crossing Forbidden Boundaries – the Grace Tabernacle story”. It is available at our church free for first time visitors or for sale on amazon. I have many books on the inside of me waiting to be published. The Lord is calling me into a new season to write and share the reflections the Lord is sharing with me.

5 thoughts on “The Silent Killer”

  1. PRAY MORE, WORRY LESS !!! Oh Yea ! It Works CHURCH , Try it !!! BLESS You All.. in JESUS Name… Love you Pastor Gary !!

  2. Good blog. Reminds me of the child who planted a bean seed, but then dug it up a few times each day to see if it was sprouting. Bless God and Bless You!

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