Emotional distress & darkness

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

They say once a sinner always a sinner and if that’s not what they are saying then they leave us to do all the talking. Unfortunately when I begin to talk I say” I’m saved by grace and yet I believe I’ll end up falling again” I could never see myself as a true victor, but simply a person who had a few victories but the end result being me losing.

I’m learning that when Christ won me over I won forever and not for a moment. Eternity means exactly what it means. No if ands or buts.

A discussion:

I found myself asking how am I suppose to deal with all these things going on and pretend like they aren’t there.

God isn’t saying your delusional and that your issues aren’t real. He acknowledges the reality of your issues. It’s so dangerous to walk around thinking that everything is just happening in your mind.

Another reality is that even in the midst of emotional distress triggered by anything he isn’t saying he will make it go away immediately. Sometimes going to the gym and working out won’t solve the issue. Sometimes “talking about it” won’t bring a solution. Sometimes praying about it won’t make it disappear. Sometimes eating to not have to deal with pain won’t make it bearable.

He doesn’t promise to make it all go away.

But he does promise to be with us in the middle of it.

Remember that his name is Immanuel!!!!😊

“Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”” Matthew 1:22-23

Today I found myself entering into a state of sadness and it just felt so heavy. I remembered the scripture below and began singing praises to God. I said I will lift of the name of God and forget about myself.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” -Isiah 61: 3 KJV

You wouldn’t believe that in the middle of praising God I began to think a thought that tried to say “but things won’t turn around “. It was then that the Holy Spirit prompted me and made me to understand the spiritual battle going on. This wasn’t about me feeling bad about my situation but about an enemy that wanted to stop me from praising God.

The most beautiful part of it all is that in the midst of playing music that glorified his name and spoke of how Jesus had the real power I felt the garment of praise cover me.

In that moment I was covered and knew I was protected. I knew everything would be alright. I knew I had a magnificent father on my side. I knew that God was fighting my battles. I knew I wasn’t alone.

So when you see yourself entering that darkness lift up your voice in praise and feel the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit as he covers you and begins to fight your battles for you.

Listen to this short song that the Holy Spirit Brought to me:

Immanuel

Here are Some praise and worship songs to get you going:

  1. Savior by Afy Douglass
  2. Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobbs

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