ever have one of those days when feelings win? or one of those weeks? months? yeah, you get the point…
i’m curious what you do at those times. for those of you who read but rarely comment, this is your chance to speak up. for those of you who comment regularly, this is your chance too. :) i want to know… what do you do? at those times when everything in your gut tells you to just quit. or when you feel that you have no strength to take another step. how do you effectively preach truth to yourself? are there certain truths / aspects of God’s character / verses or songs that you find especially helpful?
in many ways the last year or so of my life has been characterized by a melancholy cloud. i know that much of that is simply my sin in allowing emotions rather than truth to guide my life. i’ve read many scripture passages and many helpful books, such as the hidden smile of God by Piper, Spiritual Depression by M. Lloyd Jones, Job by Piper, When the Darkness will not lift by Piper and many more. I find glimpses of hope yet so often find myself quickly circling back around to hopelesness.
i know that my Father chose me, loves me and is in control over each second of my life. i know that my Jesus forives my sin, that there is no condemnation for me. i know that the Holy Spirit empowers me to resist sin and to live a life of godliness that is pleasing to my Father. i know that i must continually be killing sin in my life, empowered by the Spirit. I know that there is an inheritance kept in heaven for me. And i know that one day I will see my Jesus face to face. I know that one day there will be no more pain and my sweet Jesus, who suffered for me, will in joy wipe every tear from my eye.
i am just weak right now. and i need reminders. so as my friends, will you please remind me? share with me once again the hope that lies (albeit right now hidden to me) within me? physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and every other way possible, i feel that the battle is greater than my God. but i know that’s not true.
so, my request for you is two-fold… first, would you pray for me? pray that my hope will be in God, not my ability to fix or my utter inability not to. and second, would you share with me some of the promises of God that have encouraged you? thanks!