The Deadly Emotions That Drive You
As I consider our nation and the myriad of issues we face, I feel many emotions. Confidence in God and disappointment in humanity. Sadness for those hurting and frustration and anger towards those who manipulate, lie and control. Hope in the promises of God and awareness of the deeply evil and spiritual battle that is raging. And many more. I am pretty sure you share most of those same emotions.
People are confused, deceived and afraid. All of which are deadly foundations for decision making. Before you do anything or make any decision, stop. Check to see are any of those three emotions driving you.
Someone once told me that “sometimes I have to tell myself to sit down on the inside.” Have you been there? You may be seated or resting on the outside, but inside is a sprint to an unknown finish line. You feel like a hamster in a wheel. You are moving but going nowhere.
Sit Down Inside
My first encouragement to you today is to sit down on the inside. How do you do that?
First, acknowledge your need to “sit down inside” to yourself and to God. Maybe even repent for not sitting down, and for letting yourself keep moving like a hamster in a wheel. We can lie to ourselves and think we don’t have time to sit down. Or worse, we can lie to ourselves that we’re accomplishing something, when on the inside we know we are not. So just stop!
Second, replace your emotions and thoughts with very determined thoughts and emotions. My friend Phil Caldwell recently shared these verses. As Paul tells us: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Third, position yourself physically for worship. Get in a quiet undistracted place and declare out loud a few of the Scripture promises to yourself, to God and to the enemy of your peace. Then play your favorite worship music and worship out loud. Here are a few Scriptures I love. Sometimes I enjoy the old versions just because it reminds me this is not new… it’s old and proven.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm 91:1-11)
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Pray for Wisdom and Discernment
My second encouragement to you is pray for wisdom and discernment. We need God’s view of everything going on right now. We live in a day where good is being called evil and evil good, you might think it is easy to know the difference but remember the deceiver masquerades as an angel of light. Pray and believe. Help your unbelief by remembering all the times God has answered your prayers and the blessings he has given you.
As Paul tells us: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
My last encouragement is simply to obey. When God leads you to act, do it, right away and with a happy heart. Don’t delay. We all need to be active in this fight, but how and when He says. Not when others think we should or in our own time and way. Please remember there is a way that seems right to man but the end of it is destruction!
While we feel so many emotions, let’s make good decisions that are Spirit-led. Together let’s stand up for our nation — but only after we have sat down in his presence.
John Yeatts is the Campus Pastor of LIFE Outreach International and the National Coordinator of Churches for LIFE. He has served in full time ministry for 30 years, 15 of those years in the role of a pastor to the local church. He is a husband of 29 years and father of three children. John and his family recently planted TEXOMA Bible Fellowship in Whitesboro, Texas.