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.
That’s what we’re really dealing with here — growing up. The same principles used for child training apply here. Most of us never grew out of doing whatever we felt like as children. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Take children, for example. We give them certain responsibilities and they do them. We don’t care whether they feel like doing them or not. There are some things you just have to do. You just have responsibilities. I teach my kids that.
We’ve adopted that attitude as far as work goes — we have to get up and go to work. There are other things we have to do — pay taxes, obey the law, pay our bills, etc. But in our relationship with the Lord, we’ve gone back to being like children in a lot of ways.
You don’t feel happy? Well, grow up! Who cares how you feel? Stop caring how you feel — you are blessed (Eph. 1:3). You’ve got the joy of the Lord inside of you. You can choose to be happy if you want to be happy. You can choose to be blessed. You can choose to be excited about the Lord if you want to be.
Some people may be thinking, “Now, wait a minute. You don’t know my situation. I agree with what you’re saying, but sometimes you just can’t overcome.” Well again, you’re putting your experience, your natural feelings, above what God’s Word says. God gave us a command to not let our hearts be discouraged, to not let them be troubled. You can do that. God would be unjust to command us to do something that we don’t have the power to do.
In Deuteronomy 28:45-47, the Lord said He was bringing judgement on the children of Israel “because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things.” He held them accountable for their emotions!
In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” In this one verse Jesus made it clear that His command to be of good cheer was not just for the good times. But even in tribulation, be of good cheer!!
You can and must control your emotions!
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