Win Over Worry
- Monday, December 14, 2009
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of John Edmund Haggai's new book, How to Win Over Worry: Positive Steps to Anxiety-Free Living (Harvest House, 2009).
Life in this fallen world gives you plenty to worry about: You could lose your job. Your health could deteriorate. One of your children could die in an accident. Your spouse could betray you. The list goes on and on.
But no matter what uncertainties, problems, or tragedies life throws at you, you never have to worry about them. That's because worry is a choice - a choice you can choose to avoid. So take action to win over worry so it won't win over you.
You can win over worry by …
Recognizing that worry is destructive: Worry brings only negative results; it has no power to accomplish anything positive. Worry is a sin that can harm your relationship with God while it also harms your relationships with other people. It can make you miserable mentally and emotionally. Physically, it can lead to serious illness. See worry as the enemy it is and decide to reject it so you can pursue the life God wants you live.
Understanding that God is near: When you understand that God is always close to you - in every situation you go through - you'll realize that you don't have to worry because you can count on Him to help you. Remind yourself regularly that God is present, available, and compassionate. When you give Him praise for who He is, develop poise, and pray, you'll discover the peace you need.
Rejoicing: No condition or circumstance ever justifies worry, because God has promised to help in every situation. So choose to rejoice in God's faithfulness rather than worry.
Controlling your feelings: You can control the way you feel by controlling the way you think and act. If you choose to think and act in positive ways, you'll soon start feeling positive emotions. This will work against worry and glorify God.
Counting your many blessings: Notice the lavish blessings that God has already bestowed on you. Don't take them for granted. Develop healthy attitudes of respect and gratitude for what God has done for you. When you become worried, find a pen and a piece of paper and force yourself to write down every blessing that comes to mind. This will stop worrying by reminding you of God's faithfulness.
Mastering the art of altruism: When you spend time helping people in need, you'll discover real joy that will push worry out of your life. So take your focus off your own concerns and onto other people's needs and how you can help meet them.
Never expecting thanks: Don't worry when you encounter ingratitude from the people you've helped. In this fallen world, many generous acts go unappreciated. But rest assured that God will reward you with joy for what you do to help others.
Thought control: You can stop your feelings of worry by controlling your thoughts. Choose to think about what's true, honest, praiseworthy, good, and pure. Those thoughts will lead to an inner peace that will guard you against worry.
Self-control: Self-control will help you respond to criticism with poise rather than worry. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you self-control every day.
Enthusiasm: When you're enthused about something, you focus your attention on positive thoughts that crowd out worries in your mind.
Relaxation: Ask God to teach you how to relax so you can protect yourself from unnecessary tension that leads to worry.
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