Today, more than ever, we are led and driven by our feelings, emotions and senses. Most of our daily choices are based upon these. We become victims to the plethora of waves that assail us. We are dominated by the many options and by this are easily overcome, for example, I went to the store the other day to purchase a face cream and left without one! Why? Too many to choose from and not knowing which one would be best suited for me. When we do not know what we need, we will be easily overwhelmed by all the present options. Likewise, this is true in our spiritual walk with the Lord.
The first line of defence is to understand that our feelings, emotions and senses – are not what we base our decisions on. Nor do we allow logic and reason to speak up for us. The result when we allow these to make our decisions for us will be mental anguish. When/if we fall into depression and anxiety – we need to retrace our steps and see where we have done this. If we do not have patience and are easily irritated -the same thing.
Depression, anxiety, irritation, anger, and fear come when we make our world and reality about us rather than about Jesus Christ. I have heard so many well-meaning Christians talk of their depression like it was some kind of cross they were to carry, and this could not be farther from the truth. It is a red flag that we need to see as one looks at an indicator light flashing on their car’s dashboard. They are warning that something is about to go wrong unless we make necessary changes.
For our mental health, peace and safety, God gives us His Word to direct us and often, it goes against what our emotions and logical reason would counsel us.
We often expect the Lord to come down where we are, petitioning in what is earthly and sensual with impassioned pleas. He will not come down to us where we are; instead, the Lord expects us to come to where He is and leave all that encumbers us behind – when we do it this way, we will hear Him speak and direct our way. It is a bad habit we form in relating to Him according to our needs and wants, and it is time we discipline ourselves to seek Him correctly. I believe as we do, all the mental torments we are currently under will fall away.
Daily Walk with Jesus
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Col 3:1-2