Category: Overcome Negative Emotions

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. we come unto Him we shall find rest unto our souls (Matthew 11:28-3)”.

The peace of God and a rest from God is our inheritance through Christ when we surrender all negative emotions to him. But when we hold on to negative experiences that have shaped our worldview and we allow these emotions to interfere with our interactions and behaviours to others then we are bound by this emotional baggage.

Thankfully the word of God is powerful enough to set us free from all negative emotions and emotional baggage we may be carrying with us. We can start to see the world through the eyes of God when we imbibe in the word of God and we speak the word to change our world. We can engage our world with the word of God and gain our freedom from habits and behaviours that deter us from entering into the fulfilment of God’s promises for our lives.

This devotional highlights some of these negative emotions and gives us insight into God’s word that we could use to take us to emotional wellbeing.

Overcome Depression with God

I have had a few episodes of depression in my life and each time I go through those episodes I come out stronger mentally and spiritually with God on my side. One thing is certain when you fight depression with God, you come out from under that dark and heavy cloud of depression and you will find the peace from God that surpasses all understanding. You will have a new drive for life, a new drive for your faith and even a drive to help others. It is World mental health day and I am using this platform to encourage anybody out there who is suffering from depression.

When I was in the midst of some episodes of depression,  Continue reading “Overcome Depression with God”

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Overcome The Hypercritical, Judgemental Spirit

Criticism thrives in the world these days and though it is good when done constructively, it is very destructive when it crosses the line from the good side to the hypercritical judgemental side. This does not promote Christ’s image in any way. We are the lighy of the world and the salt of the earth. Wr are made for signs and wonders. We are mean to impact the world positively everyday amd at all times. We are meant to do follow in thenfootsteps of Jesus, to do what he did at all times. That is to attend to people with an open heart, with no judgement in our hearts but with mercy and compassion in our eyes.

Being hypercritical and judgemental of anybody condemns and judges people harshly rather than a show of love and acceptance which we all need. One thing Christ never did is to see the weakness in people amd use it against them. Instead he strengthened the feeble knees and healed the brokenness in people. Hypercriticism only sees its own perfection and tends to think it is above any mistakes. It complains all the time and constantly points out other people’s error without any consideration for the human feelings. It tears down instead of building up. It only drives people away from the God of love, peace, mercy and justice. It is not a good spirit to embrace or operate in at all.

Unfortunately, it has slowly creeped into the Christendom and slowly becoming the norm in the community. Continue reading “Overcome The Hypercritical, Judgemental Spirit”

Overcome Deception

People no longer speak the truth in the world. Their mouths are full of lies and deceits. They get by in life at the expense of other people’s happiness, they pretend and there’s no truth found in them. I have had my share of being deceived and it really hurts. When deception sneaked up on me I was unguarded. It came from where I least expected it and from one of my closest friends. It came in my most vulnerable moment and ensnared me with a subtle solution to my problems. Little did I know that its subtle counsel was going to be my ruin.

It happened when Continue reading “Overcome Deception”

Overcome Rejection

Rejection hurts and facing its stings alone is worse. It is emotionally draining and it affects one’s state of mind negatively. It creates fear. It paralyses self-confidence. And it introduces self-doubt. It makes you question your self-belief and leaves you with sheer terror. Sometimes it attacks with subtlety and at other times, it attacks head-on, with such cold stare that opens deep wounds. It creates such pain in the heart and feelings of shame, failure and deception. This negative emotion is not something a Christian can merely shake off or face alone easily. Only God’s healing can truly set free from such a snare. Continue reading “Overcome Rejection”

Overcome Low-Self Esteem

I have seen teenagers battling low self-esteem by trying so hard to become who they are not and I have seen adults pretend they can hold it together whilst dying from this low self-esteem plague. Men cover up with control, manipulation and outburst of anger because they feel inadequate yet unable to admit their weaknesses. Women sleep around because they lack a sense of self-worth. Young adults dress up like grown-ups just to feel accepted. Both male and female succumb to peer pressure just to feel some sense of belonging. This is what low self-esteem does to you; it holds its victims captive, clouds your judgement and fills up your heart with lies. Lies such as you are not worth it, it’s your fault that bad things happen to you, you can never amount to something good, you have to do something wrong before somebody can take notice of you and so on. Continue reading “Overcome Low-Self Esteem”

Overcome Strife

Strife is a spirit. It always attracts fights, arguments, misunderstandings and one conflict or the other. Somebody may have mistreated or criticised you. You may not have started the fight but somehow you find yourself in the midst of it. Perhaps you are just trying to assert yourself but somehow your conversations turn into arguments. Your intentions may have been misunderstood and one way or the other, conflicts ensued. All these are the works of the spirit of strife. If you have ever found yourself constantly defending yourself, trying to make amends to what should not have taken place in the first place, you really need God’s intervention for the spirit of strife may have been at work. Continue reading “Overcome Strife”

Make Peace With All Men

The Christian life is a spiritual journey of total surrender to God. When He said; “pursue peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14)”, he meant, in spite of your views, opinions or perspectives of that situation, approach every situation with peace in mind. Do not think about your interest rather think about the best way to advance the kingdom of God. No matter how difficult the situation is, be the light, be the salt, be the solution and bring peace with you. This, in essence, means let go of your ego, make necessary sacrifices at every opportunity, swallow your pride and ride on God’s wings of justice. Continue reading “Make Peace With All Men”

Boost Your Self-Confidence.

If you were to go for an interview, career coaches will tell you to speak to yourself in the mirror or talk to friends in order to boost your confidence. The same principle applies when walking into a room full of strangers; life coaches will tell you, speak to yourself before you get to the venue, walk tall, make eye contact with somebody in the room and smile so that you may appear confident. In the kingdom of God, however, you do not need to fake it till you make it, you can simply claim the truth God has said about you and believe that your confidence will shoot through the roof.

Self-confidence in Christ Jesus is the best antidote for anybody going through self-doubt. In a world where self-promotion is the norm to achieve fame and recognition, a true follower of Christ would know that this tactic only lasts but a moment. The only lasting confidence lies in Christ Jesus. And that confidence comes by hearing and hearing through the word of God (Romans 10:17). In other words, the best way to get your confidence up is by soaking yourself in the word God; Read it, digest it, profess it and live it to the fullest.

Apostle Peter warned us to be alert and sober for our adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). The enemy of our souls will always roam around looking to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Remember the righteous man, Job? The devil accused him falsely before God and he was allowed to test Job’s confidence in God. The enemy would want to introduce self-doubt and low self-esteem but God is available to boost your confidence in him. You need to prepare yourself for the day of trials. You need to build up your self-confidence in Christ Jesus so that you might be able to stand firm during trials and tribulations. And the best way to be prepared for anything that may come your way is to build up your self-confidence in Christ Jesus through the word of God.

Christ is a body, soul and mind healer. He is a giver and restorer of faith (1 Peter 5:10). He will shield you and give you lasting confidence. The following Bible declarations will help build up your faith in Christ if you are a new Christian and they will strengthen your faith as a matured Christian. Make these scriptural declarations your mantra every day and you will overcome the devil whenever he tries any of his tactics on you.

Make a Declaration of Faith

1.
The LORD is my confidence, He keeps my foot from being caught in a trap
(Proverbs 3:26).
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2.
I draw near to God and he draws near to me. With confidence I approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and I find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:16)
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3.
The Lord is with me. He will not fail me nor forsake me. I am strong and courageous, I will not be afraid nor tremble.
(Deuteronomy 31:6).
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I can do all things through Him who strengthens me
(Philippians 4:13).
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And I am certain that God, who began the good work within me, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6).
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I have been justified by faith, therefore, I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ;
(Romans 5:1).
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Overcome Feelings of Regret, Guilt and Shame

Judas Iscariot suffered a painful regret after his betrayal to Jesus. He was one of the disciples of Jesus who dined and wined with him (Matthew 26:23-25). He was the treasurer of the group (John 12:6). He knew more about Jesus than the outsiders. He knew what Jesus looked like and he was willing to point him out to the chief priests (Mathew 26:14-15, 47-49). But he made a grievous mistake. He sold out and handed an innocent man over to the injustice of men. When he realized the error of his way, it was too late to rectify it. The Bible says that’ Judas Iscariot was gripped with so much remorse that he returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying; ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood’ (Mathew 27:3-5). After the deed was done, he went on and hung himself. Continue reading “Overcome Feelings of Regret, Guilt and Shame”