Hello caregivers. My name’s Pastor Joe Trapani from the Fervent Prayer Ministry and I’m here with more words from God. Our passage today is first John, chapter 3, verse 16 and 18. By this we know love because Jesus lay down his life for us and we are also told to lay down our lives for the brethren. My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue but in deed and in truth.
Caregivers, that’s what you’re doing. You’re showing love to those that you care for. You’re giving, you’re doing, you’re not just saying, you’re putting feet to your words. So don’t get discouraged and don’t let fear enter in. Try to keep a positive attitude; it’s very important for those you’re caring for.
See, the scriptures tell us that God is the God that sees and we need to keep that focus in our lives. Jesus told us that when we care for those around us, we are doing it as unto the Lord himself so don’t lose focus. You’re working for God; you are acting as His hands and His feet.
But Jesus told us that there is a point above and beyond that. The very work of God according to John, chapter 6, verse 9, is believing in Jesus, the messiah himself. So keep believing. Keep your eyes on Him. Keep your love fresh for those that you are caring for. See, love can be like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. But sometimes the wind is slow and it’s hard to feel. But know one thing; it’s at times like these that you need help from the Lord himself, so call upon Him at that time. He’s a huge part of what you’re doing.
There’s an example from the scriptures in second Chronicles, chapter 20, verse 3 and 12. There was a King in Jerusalem, his name was King Josephat and he was a godly King. There was a huge army coming up against King Josephat, the army of Amman and the army of the Moabites and they were too powerful for King Josephat and he knew it.
“And Josephat feared and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout Judea. Oh our God, for we have no power against such a great multitude that is coming against us nor do we know what to do but our eyes are on You.”
Josephat was fearful, anxious and discouraged about this great army coming against him. Sometimes, our fears mount up against us. But Josephat knew exactly what to do. He sought the Lord even though he didn’t know exactly what to do. He kept his eyes focused on the Lord because the words of God tell us that all things are possible for God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge the Lord and He will direct your path. Josephat found that out. He called upon the Lord. The Lord answered him and said, “Josephat you go out against these armies tomorrow and I will fight for you. The battle is not yours, it’s mine.” So Josephat got his army and his praise team and they went out against the armies only to find out that God had causes the two armies to fight against one another. And those two armies killed each other right down to the very last soldier. Josephat then ran to the Lord. The Lord had exceedingly gone above then what King Josephat could ever imagine. When he got there, he went into the enemies’ camp and took all the spoils of the land that the armies had conquered. It took the army and the praise team three whole days to gather up the spoil. They gathered up the gold, silver, gems, jewelry and fine linens. This was done all because a King called upon the Lord.
Caregivers, the Lord can meet you at your need. You may not know what to do but keep your eyes on the Lord and don’t lose focus. He is all you need.