John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God
Psalm 42:11 What are you cast down, o my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God. For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
I am one of the most blessed people I know, yet, I still will find myself sinking into funks at times. You too? What’s the deal with that?
I have a wonderful and supportive family, four super grandchildren, a sturdy roof over my head, able to have enough money to support my needs and an occasional travel, I have many good and dependable friends, and a wonderful church family who help to feed my growing in the Lord. I am a truly blessed person.
And yet sometimes, I feel myself going down into a funk. It makes me irritated with myself. It seems a selfish and self-centered thing to allow to happen, especially as my life is rich with family, friends, experiences and so forth. I have no severe health issues, my eyesight remains good, hearing is good, and yet….
I appreciate watching dolphins in the ocean across from my home, while I have cardinals, red wing blackbirds, sparrows, finches, chickadees and even an occasional hawk or osprey to see. The songs and happy chirping are always a lifting of spirits to me, and I certainly realize some cannot hear these awesome gifts.
My best treatment to lift myself out, is t scold and remind myself how very blessed I am. I would be blessed without the house, the family, the friends and so forth, just because Jesus came, lived and taught, showed love, healed numerous folks, then WILLINGLY stretched out His arms, was beaten, scourged, humiliated, and CRUCIFIED on a cross for my sins, for the purpose of SAVING me. That is beyond awesome and loving to me. And certainly it I shake my head at the funk thoughts still rambling about. Get out, move on!
Ahhh, that’s it. This is the beast that slinks “about to lie, kill and destroy.” I don’t understand why that is not my first thought as I feel the doldrums moving in. Hurry, send Satan scurrying away, bar the doors, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize anything else that might be an area for you to pick up and deal with so you are not in a funk. Are you feeling discouraged, lonely, bored, or some other negative thing? Examine it and get it out of your head and into God’s hands. He is our Savior and is our Companion, Helper, Counselor…turn over the issues that are weighing on you. He wants you to lean on and lean in to Him.
Afterall, we represent our Lord, and we are to show others the love and confidence we have because we belong to God, we are His children. How awesome!
Satan has no welcome in our lives, but that does NOT mean he is not going to try to slink and slither his way in. Things may feel smooth and wonderful for a few days, then issues start cropping up. Maybe an argument with friend, mate, child, co-worker, maybe a huge unexpected bill, and the list goes on and on. Things happen, but oftentimes, we begin to let them weigh us down. We need to make sure Satan know he is NOT welcome, and ask for God’s help, while remembering our many blessings.
It still surprises me I can feel in a funk for a couple days before realizing this is Satan’s antics. I pray that the next time, I recognize he is trying to color my world dark and stinky before I feel a bit in a funk. I love beating the beast back with God’s help. I can’t do it on my own, but it’s wonderful to feel His strength and wisdom pouring in as I rely on Him to fight. He wins every time!
If you fight funks as I sometimes do, I hope you will remember you can ask God to help you fight just as I do for ‘mybellaviews.’