Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Funk!

If the battle is yours, you are in real trouble.

If the battle is God’s, you do not have to fight. Look at the powerful words found in 2nd Chronicles 20:14-17, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s... You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you ... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

“The battle is not yours, but God’s.”

That was God’s word of encouragement to His people then and it is still His word of encouragement for His people today! If the devil can sway us to give up, he wins before the battle even starts.

Truthfully speaking, it is inevitable!

What is? Well, I am so glad that you asked! Sooner or later, you and I are going to get into a “funk” aka a series of situations that make us feel like giving up! While “funks” are unavoidable, we do not have to resign ourselves to them.  The definition of a “funk” is this: a lack of motivation, low energy, grumpiness and an urge to disengage! From my own experience, I have identified two action steps that combat the desire to just throw up my hands and give up!

First of all, do not predict your future based on your “funk!”

The natural tendency is to think that your “funk” is permanent.

It is not! Do not mistake momentary moods for a permanent condition! “This too shall pass!” “It came to pass!” Those are more than just clichés! The rest of your life is not determined by a few cloudy days!

Secondly, resist the urge to justify your “funk!”

Blaming how you feel on something or someone will not make you feel any better about how you are feeling.

In fact, playing the blame game often leads people down the path toward self-pity! Listen! God wants to unleash me – God wants to unleash you – God wants to unleash us -- like a rock out of a sling shot to go forth and make disciples of all nations not to mention help people in our own personal area of influence find a little joy, but we cannot be unleashed if we are dangling head first in a whole dug by our own self-pity!

Church, “funks” happen, but your “funk” is not someone else’s fault!

Put your hope in God and move forward! “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s... You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you ... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

Folks, if the battle is yours, you are in real trouble. If the battle is God’s, that is good news!

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