Greater Than Any Negative Feeling
Published on 2 September 2022
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.
Negative emotions can be very overwhelming and feel very real, and we often look for someone to blame for the way we are feeling. However, the Bible tells us that our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood but rather, rulers, authorities and powers in the heavenly realms and the spiritual forces of evil.
As Christians, we can feel/sense negative spiritual atmospheres at times and can come under direct attack from the enemy who is always seeking to intimidate us in the area of our feelings. He often uses fear, heaviness or depression to weigh us down and stop us from living life to the full—as Jesus promised we could— and if we’re not aware of his strategies, we can come under the influence of these negative feelings and take action and make decisions that are not God’s will for our lives..
I remember walking into a room one day where a group of believers had gathered to hear me minister the Word of God. All I could feel was great heaviness. Now this was not expected and for a moment I wondered what was wrong with me. The more I analysed it, the more I realised there wasn’t anything wrong with me. I had had a great morning talking to the Lord and everything was going fine in my life. There was nothing to complain about.
This was when I realised that I was feeling a demonic oppression over some of the people in the room and I immediately knew what I had to do: I had to pray and take authority over the works of darkness in the heavenly realms. I had to bind the enemy and cast him out. It was illegal for him to be there and I was determined that he wasn’t going to have any influence over that place!
Now the negative emotions/feelings that I and others were feeling, were strong and felt very real, however, I knew Jesus had won the victory over the enemy and given us access to peace and joy and love. I wasn't going to let another moment go by without appropriating the wonderful feelings, emotions and spiritual atmospheres that God desires His children to live under. So when I got up to minister, I led everyone in prayer and praise. The longer we prayed and praised the more the heavy feelings lifted. The more we came into agreement together as believers about the work that Jesus had done for us, the more we were filled with positive emotions!
Jesus is greater than any negative emotion that you might feel. We cannot be influenced or dominated by any negative feelings. They do not come from God and are not a part of His Kingdom. We need to RESIST them. We need to position ourselves in prayer, praise and worship, take up the Word of God as our sword and stand strong in the Lord against these negative emotions in order to see God break through in our lives!
Thank you that You have turned our sorrow into joy and our mourning into dancing. You are greater than any negative emotion that I may feel and You can touch my heart and set me free of them right now! Come Lord Jesus! Set me free, heal my heart and fill me with joy.
I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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