Scheduling:  When you follow the Holy Spirit's guidance to schedule your daily activities wisely, you'll avoid the worry that comes from the time pressures of trying to do unnecessary tasks.  You'll be free to do just what God wants you to do - no more, no less - each day.

Variety:  Pursuing a diversity of tasks will give you a healthy perspective on and balance in your life, so you'll be less prone to worry.

Seizing the day:  Focusing on the present day will free you from worrying about the past or the future.  Live one day at a time.

Skill:  Don't scatter your efforts, attempting to excel at everything you do and worrying when you can't keep up with it all.  Instead, focus just on mastering the field of work to which God has called you.

Industry:  Keep busy working hard.  You'll find so much joy in your work that you won't have time for worry.

Stewardship:  Avoid the financial messes that can cause worry by following biblical principles for managing money.

Surrender:  When you surrender yourself to God's will for you - wanting for yourself what He wants for you - He will give you the peace that empowers you to overcome worry.

Prayer:  Pray about your problems instead of worrying about them.  Trust God to help you with any problem, big or small.

Weakness:  When you admit your weakness and rely on God's power working through you, you can conquer all sin, including worry.

Starting the day right:  Begin each day with prayer.  When you do, the Holy Spirit will renew your mind, casting out worry and empowering you to approach the day from the right perspective.

Knowing how to ask:  Pray specific prayers, persistently and thankfully, expecting God to answer in ways that reflect what's best for you.  Those kinds of prayers kill worry and invite God to act powerfully in your life.

Living close to God:  Constantly maintain a spirit of prayer that will protect you from worry.  Pray often, and everything that concerns you.  In addition to praying about thoughts that enter your mind throughout each day, schedule an appointment with God every day to enjoy a focused prayer time with Him.  Get your mind off yourself and onto God, reflecting on who He is and praising Him for His many wonderful qualities.  Then you'll experience peace that will overcome worry in any situation.

December 18, 2009

Adapted from How to Win Over Worry: Positive Steps to Anxiety-Free Living, copyright 2009 by John Edmund Haggai.  Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or., www.harvesthousepublishers.com.  

John Edmund Haggai, founder and president of Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training, is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and leader. He has helped people around the world with his practical formulas for winning over worry, pain, loneliness, and "impossible" situations.