CAREFREE, BUT NOT CARELESS | Judges 7:2-6 | LESSON 23 | DAVID ADENIJI

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A carefree person is one who doesn’t worry. Being carefree is actually positive. And being carefree is feeling light, feeling nice, without stress or worries. As if you don’t have obligations.

Now that is not the default nature of the human mind. Human beings are wired naturally to worry. So you have to be deliberate in training your personality to become carefree.

Being carefree is biblical. It means there are things to worry about, but you choose not to worry about them.it requires a high level of discipline. Let’s look at something in 1 Pet 5:7-9 so, you see what the Bible says about that.

Our series is COME, DRINK, and we have been looking at that series in the past 22 lessons. In this 23rd lesson, we are starting another series titled:

CAREFREE, BUT NOT CARELESS
Look at 1 Pet 5:7-9,

7. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It means you have cares but you have suddenly discovered about casting those cares upon one who is bigger , and has the ability and capacity to carry everyone’s burden in the world.

7. Casting all your cares upon him because He cares for you.

Verse 8 says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

In this class we’re focusing on verse 7 that says, cast all your cares upon him.

In verse 8, He’s saying, that even though you’re casting your cares upon him, you’re not being careless. Remember that this is the Elapino platform and the LifeClass platform. What we teach is spiritual and not motivation, rather it’s revelation and inspiration. At the end of the class, you would have received the power to live carefree.

Carefree, but not careless.

So, what does it mean to be carefree. A carefree person who is one whose personality doesn’t worry. Being carefree is positive and biblical. You should live carefree. It makes you live nice and light. Always looking bright and upbeat. You don’t worry, not because there’s nothing to worry about, but because you have chosen to hang those cares upon someone who is wired to carry them, God Himself.

God has the ability to carry all your burden without feeling any weight whatsoever. Matt 11:28 says Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest.

You will receive His test because you have exchanged your burdens for his rest.

Now, how does this connect without the main series which says Come, Drink. Here’s how: In trying to explain that water, you know Bible says in John 7:37, that if any man thirsts, let him come unto me and drink. That’s because the one who has the ability you lack – to carry all burdens of everyone – is the same one calling you to come and drink from Him. Oh, every time I revert to that scripture in this series, I feel such an unusual strength and assurance.

So, we have been looking at the occurrences of Water, Come, and Drink, all through the scriptures. In our search, we scanned and stopped at Judges chapter 7. At the river, anything is possible. Especially, when you know that the water he is asking you to come and drink from is He himself. Jesus. The water represents the totality of everything God and everything good in our lives.

So, in Judges 7:2-7, we see the story of Gideon, appointed by God to lead the people of God to battle with the midianites. The midianites have been tormenting them, making them grow lean, even though they are producers of food (Judges 6:3-5). You need to read that story.

Now, God has raised up another judge in the name of Gideon and he’s going to lead the armies of the Lord to battle against Midian. Midian has teamed up with a few other nations that are powerful and the Bible says they are gathered all over the battlefield like the sand of the seashore.

Judges 7 Verse 5 says, Gideon brought down the soldiers to the water for a test. In verse 2, Bible says, the Lord said to Gideon, that His 32,000-man army was too large. So he instructed the fearful ones among them to go home. This reduces them to only 10,000. That is, 22,000 were fearful and left the army. Now, these 10,000 men are still too many for God to win the battle with. Hence the reason for the second test , that required them to take a drink at the river.

Here’s verse 5,
So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

See what happened in verse 6, the number of them that drank water, putting their hand to their mouth, we’re 300 hundred men. But the rest bowed down upon their knees to drink water. Now, that’s the test of whether the soldiers were carefree or careless.

A soldier must not be careless. Even though you’re carefree, you must not be careless. There is this conflict in our spiritual race. As much as possible, the Bible says we should be carefree. Cast your cares upon Him. Don’t worry about a thing. Don’t entertain unnecessary fear or anxiety about whatever comes your way. That is easier said than done. It’s a difficult task that requires training your mind in the word. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you will worry if you don’t spend time training your mind with the word. It is the word of God that will change that worry into a carefree nature.

Now, the Bible says you should be carefree, casting your cares upon him, but it doesn’t say you should be careless while doing that. Look at the test here. Yes, they trust that God is going to battle with them. They trust that God is the one leading them to victory over the midianites,but are they careless.

When you dip your mouth into the river, the only thing you can see is the water. That may be okay for a civilian, but for a soldier guarded for war, the enemy may strike from any side. You must not be careless, no matter how carefree you are.

Bible says in 1Pet 5:8 – Be sober, but be vigilant. Be sober means, be cool, calm, carefree, don’t worry. But it then says be vigilant. Hallelujah! The word of God is complete. That’s 1 Pet 5:8 that we had read before. Be sober, but be vigilant.

We’re doing a good comparison between Judges 7:6 and 1 Pet 5:8

Be sober (BUT) Be vigilant! Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

In verse 8, He said, “Casting all your cares upon for He careth for you. But then he quickly reminds us that as a soldier of the Lord, you should be sober, meaning being carefree quite alright because God is with you, morning afternoon,evening, always.

Psalm 91 says, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

…all this is being carefree. Knowing that God’s got you covered. Please say that aloud. God’s got me covered, anyday, anytime. But that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind and become careless.

Prov 4:23 says guard your heart with all diligence, for our of it flows the issues of life. You should be carefree, but never careless. Be sober summarizes being carefree. But that verse 8 also warns us to be vigilant.

When Jesus said “watch and pray”, He’s instructing us not to be careless. Don’t throw caution away. Don’t leave yourself unguarded in the spirit, without the word, without prayer, fasting, watching and holiness. Be carefree, but not careless

BE SOBER – Means, be carefree

BE VIGILANT – Means , Don’t be Careless. Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

So, even though we have come unto Him to drink, we’re also seeing that when you come to Jesus, it’s an invitation to being carefree but never becoming careless with your heart. Don’t be careless with your spiritual life. Don’t be careless with your association. Hear this. You’re in a war. So, be watchful always. When you join people to make merry, please don’t get carried away in your spirit. That’s when Satan attacks people the most. Be on guard, be in the spirit at all times. When your body is tired after some tasks or exercise or work, even if it’s God’s work, yet don’t lose your guard. Plead the Blood of Jesus as you throw down to recoup. In those days when Christian’s go on retreat, it’s not a place where you eat the normal food you’ve been eating, or live like normal, rather, you’re denying yourself because you want to camp with God. Nowadays, there’s really no difference between retreat and picnic. We even confuse picnics with retreats. In those days retreats are not picnics.

A retreat is when you want to be with God and retool your spiritual tool toolbox. You want to refuel your lamp. That’s what we do. Nowadays, there’s really no difference between retreats and picnics. The Bible says Be sober, be Vigilant, because your adversary, the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. He will not devour you in Jesus Name.

So, it’s important you learn all of these. As you visit the river to drink, you should be carefree, casting your cares upon him, but never be careless, don’t lose your guard. We’re in a war!

Look at those soldiers who dipped their mouth directly into the water, they had passed the test of being carefree, but failed the second test, they were careless, the devil can still attack them from any angle..

Father, help us to be carefree, but never be careless, in Jesus name.

If you’re listening to this and you do not even know the difference, perhaps you haven’t given your life to Jesus, that’s the first thing to start with. Because if you’re without Jesus, you’re being careless with your soul. The devil can strike you at any time. The scripture in Psalm 91 that says He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, that scripture is for those who have Jesus.

Say Lord Jesus, I thank you for this message. I come to you today. I repent of my sins and I forsake them. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I’m cleansed with your blood. My name is written in the book of Life. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.

I congratulate you for coming to Jesus.

Until next time when we come your way again by God’s grace, thank you very much, bye for now. Amen!

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