//Kenneth E. Hagin
When you walk by faith—when you do what the Bible says—you’re an oddity to others, even in the church world. They think something is wrong with you because you don’t worry.
When I took the pastorate of a certain Full Gospel church, I didn’t know that nobody else would pastor this church. It was a “trouble” church.
Faith in Action
Let Go of Your Problem
When the devil tries to bring thoughts of worry back to your mind, just laugh at him. Remind the devil that the Lord is taking care of your situation, and you are not going to be concerned about it anymore!
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In those days, it was a common practice to have a pastors’ fellowship meeting the first Monday of every month. I’d go and all the pastors would say to me, “How goes the battle?”
I’d say, “Men, I don’t have a care.” They’d stand there and blink their eyes. They’d say to one another, “I don’t believe he’s got enough sense to worry!”
One of my neighboring pastors told them, “I know he has a care. He’s got the hardest church to pastor in this entire area. He’s got this problem and that problem.” (He knew more about my church problems than I did!)
I’d get up to preach on Sunday mornings and be tempted to yield to the flesh. But I would turn to First Corinthians chapter 13 and preach on love, or I’d turn to Revelation 21 and 22 and preach on Heaven.
The first year I pastored that church, I spent most of my time preaching on love and Heaven! And when you can get everybody loving one another and heading to Heaven, things straighten out pretty well!
When I turned the care of that church over to the Lord, we had constant revival! Every weekend we had people saved, baptized with the Holy Spirit, and healed. God blessed us so that when I left that church, 40 preachers put in their application for it.
Casting Your Cares on God
If you don’t learn to commit your cares and anxieties to the Lord, there will come a time when all of your prayers and the prayers of others will be to no avail. You’re going to be right where you were when you started as long as you hold on to those things yourself.
The Amplified Bible renders First Peter 5:7 as, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares
about you watchfully.”
When you turn your cares over to Him, you don’t have them anymore. He’s got them. Then you can say, “I’m carefree,” even when the cares are still there from a natural standpoint. You’re not carrying the load—He is.
We used to sing a song that went, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” Many people take their burdens to the Lord and tell Him about them—but when they get up from that place of prayer, they pick their burdens up again!
It helps to imagine your burden as a 100-pound sack. People put it on their back and carry it home with them from their place of prayer. No! Leave it there! “Casting the whole of your care . . . once and
for all on Him,” that verse says. Refuse to worry.
My wife, Oretha, learned not to worry. I heard her say to another preacher’s wife one time, “I finally learned it works. I don’t ever worry.” At that time in our lives, we had problems and needs that were piled up knee-deep! But Oretha wasn’t worrying because she learned to cast her cares upon the Lord.
We can do it! We can cast all of our cares on the Lord because He said to do it. God is not unjust. He’s not going to tell us to do something that we can’t do.
(Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book Casting Your Cares Upon the Lord.)