A Fork in the Road — Choose One
You can react two ways when a crisis hits you. You can choose to be encouraged or discouraged. You do not have to be defeated in a crisis. You do not have to fear. You do not have to be depressed.
Even many churches preach that you have mountain tops and valleys in your relationship with the Lord — up and down, up and down. But you don’t have to be that way. If you’re not having a great time with the Lord, if your relationship isn’t a constant upward trend, it’s not because God makes it that way, it’s because you’ve followed wrong thinking. You believed a lie, and you allowed your emotions to go up and down. You’re following your emotions instead of following your faith.
So the first thing you have to do in a crisis situation is grab a hold of your emotions, grab a hold of your heart, and set it in the direction you want it to go. Don’t allow circumstances to dictate how you feel and how you’re going to react. That’s pivotal. It’s important that the moment something comes against you, you make a decision right then.
That decision does not have to be based on how you feel. You may feel hypocritical in saying, “I’m going to praise God even though I feel depressed.” You may think, “Well, I’d be a hypocrite if I went ahead and acted like everything’s okay.”
You’re actually a hypocrite when you go on your feelings because the true you, your spirit (the born-again part of you), is rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory all the time (1 Pet. 1:8). There is always love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance in your spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
So the decision depends on which self you consider to be the real you. If you consider the emotional part of you to be the real you, you’re a hypocrite for acting differently. But if you see yourself in Christ Jesus, recognize that you are a new creature, and look at yourself through the word of God, the true you, the spirit, will come out.
Your spirit never gets depressed, it never gets discouraged, it never gets fearful. If you feel anything contrary to that, you’re a hypocrite — from God’s standpoint — if you go by those feelings. For example, somebody says something that hurts your feelings. What are you going to do? You’ve got a choice.
You can either get down and gripe and complain about it, or you can grow up and forgive the person.
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