Rejoice!... and again I say rejoice!
In a funk…. Oh, how I’ve become so bummed and I can’t seem to shake it. Nothings really wrong. Its summer
time, its sunny outside, my family is around me, there’s food on the table and a roof over my head! Everything is great!
I think its because of what I’ve been feeding my mind. I’ve been on Facebook a lot. And when I’m on there I expose myself to a lot of negative stuff. On Facebook I’m reminded how MESSED UP this world is… how deep in sin we are. How much the people in this world want to live in darkness, cut off from all good, cut off from God!... it all makes me sad and sick.
I saw a ‘man on the street’ segment where he asked passers by if they would kill a person for a million dollars… most of them said YES! Where is the love for your fellow man? Where is the basic moral code that is supposed to guide a society? Ideals we used to take for granted as right and wrong have been ripped from our collective hearts. I suppose it started when we removed the ten commandments from our schools and courts.
All of this wickedness overwhelms me because I can’t see a way out of the darkness. I’ve known in the back of my head that as time progressed, we would see the dark get darker and the light get lighter. A sort of vanishing gray, a disappearing ‘middle of the road’ sort of society where everyone knew about the Lord and His Word, kinda. When I was young, everyone I knew went to church sometime, maybe Easter. They all sort of knew who Jesus was/is and kinda tried to do good. Well, that’s gone…. It seems everyone is out for themselves. Survival of the fittest and self-preservation seem to be the norm because Facebook is gushing with it!
Thank the Lord I woke up today and read a Bible verse that realigned my brain! As I was scrolling through my Bible app I happened upon this verse:
Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
BINGO, I gotta fix my mind on the good that the Lord has put in me by the power of the Holy Spirit! I need to fill my thoughts with things that are pure and good, beautiful and true, things that are Worth of Praise! I’ve gotta praise the Lord with my thoughts and in my heart of hearts!... and that’s what’s gonna send that demon of depression packing! Praise the Lord!