By Moody Adams Refuse to worry. You can escape the troublesome spirit that saps your energy, produces stress, and plagues your life. Jesus Christ gave us keys to escaping all the worries of this life. Start practicing them today and experience a joyful, worry-free life:
1. Do not sit around wondering how you are going to provide for your needs: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (Matthew 6:25).
2.Watch the birds and see how God takes care of them. You know you are worth more than the birds in the eyes of your Heavenly Father: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they” (Matthew 6:26).
3. Notice that worrying does not change anything: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matthew 6:27).
4.Look at the flowers and see how beautiful they are. Then think how much more important you are as a child of God: “And why take you thought for clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30).
5.Resolve that you are not going to worry about these things: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, How shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek): for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32).
6. Put Jesus Christ first in your life and trust that God will take care of the things you are going to need “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34).
“Anxiety springs from the desire that things should happen as we wish rather than as God wills” (ANONYMOUS).