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Dear Friend

I share this with you because of my battles in this area.

What you are about to read is a compilation of writings by Oswald Chambers, C. S. Lewis, Lori Stanley Roeleveld, Mike Evans, the Word of God and very limited input from myself.

“Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are; it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are”, says Oswald Chambers.

Although I might be confidant that God is aware of my situation and able to act on my behalf, I’m just not sure His answer will fit my agenda.

“We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us, we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be”. C. S. Lewis.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”, declares the Lord. (Jer. 29:11)

“Instead of saying, ‘Lord, I don’t know how I am going to do this’, say, ‘Lord I can’t wait to see how You do this,” (Unknown)

The job of the enemy is to get us to carry our burdens on our own shoulders. Satan mocks us, saying, “You fool! You are on the brink of disaster”. He is right – but only if I carry this burden myself.

But we are set free because of the Blood of Jesus. I’m casting this care on the Lord. He will carry this load. When I do, the God of the peace that transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Jesus Christ. (Phil. 4:6-7). Then the joy of the Lord will be my strength.

Let us rebuke the devourer in the Name of Jesus. Let us declare to the power of hell: “I could not care less because I’ve cast all my cares – physical, financial, emotional, cares for my children and grandchildren, for my destiny – upon the Lord. He cares for me! This is not my battle, it is the Lord’s.

I wish you a fretting-free rest, friend.

Gerhard Papenfus