A Spectacle of Glory 2

  • Dec. 21, 2016
  • #9038

When emotions get out of control, and you find yourself in a dark place, speaking the promises of God’s word will bring comfort and hope.

A Spectacle of Glory 2

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a devotional thought just for you.

Wouldn’t you agree arguing is usually a big waste of time and energy? But there is something to be said for arguing with yourself. In fact, it’s a very biblical thing to do, because sometimes your soul needs a good talking-to. Why is that? Well, we are so prone to listen to our emotions, rather than the truth of God’s word. Our emotions are always clamoring for center stage; our feelings always want the spotlight on them. Never mind what God’s Word says, or the Holy Spirit, or even your own heart that had memorized scores of Bible verses about peace, security, and the promises of God. No, rather, our emotions insist on having things their way – “I’m going to feel sorry for myself, so there! I don’t like the situation I’m in right now and I’m going to gripe about it. And if I sense depression looming, I’m not going to do a thing to fight it.” That’s what your feelings often say, right? And you know what? Our soul too easily gives in. Our soul just rolls over and collapses in defeat without lifting a finger to turn to a promise in the Bible.

We need to get in the habit (I’m certainly cultivating the habit) of putting a lid on my feelings, and telling my soul a thing or two from the word of God; that is, from what I know to be true. And I would encourage you to do the same.

So go ahead and speak truth and hope into your own soul! That’s what the psalmist did. When he was in distress and felt himself slipping into a dark place, he stopped it. He spoke directly to his own heart in Psalm 42 and elsewhere, saying: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Now that’s a great Bible passage to commit to memory, because when you are in a dark place emotionally, you flounder, you falter, you need words, God’s words to repeat back to yourself. And as you do, the Holy Spirit will flood your heart with genuine encouragement, and a brighter perspective, with fresh, new hope.

Look, maybe you’ve been listening to too many negative, hopeless voices on the nightly news, in the car pool, or on the phone with your friends. Maybe the evil one has been whispering words of death or defeat, and futility into your ear. It is time to set the record straight! Declare the truth about who you are in Christ. Remind your soul that Jesus is your help and hope, that the Father deeply loves you, and that your future is secure in heaven. And you can pray with me right now, yes, right now, wherever you are just say in your heart, “Dear Lord Jesus, I have listened too long to cynical words, dark thoughts and anxieties that buzz around my head like bees. Help me to speak life and peace into my own soul by the power of Your indwelling Spirit. And as you help me, I know you will give me fresh thoughts of light, peace, and hope. All because of Jesus and it’s in his name we pray these things, amen.”

Friend, if this little devotional thought spoke to you, then I’ve got more of the same in my new devotional book for 2017 called ‘A Spectacle of Glory.’ It’s 365 days of Christ-centered encouragement written just for you. So visit joniandfriends.org/radio today for all the details on how you can get a copy of ‘A Spectacle of Glory.’ There is nothing I would love more than to be used of the Lord to speak truth into your heart throughout the new year. So, let’s do it together reading ‘A Spectacle of Glory’ and you can do so by visiting joniandfriends.org/radio today!

© Joni and Friends

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