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

Are you judgemental in your words and actions towards others? The Bible says that we should not judge else we will also be judged with the same measure we use to judge others (Matthew 7:1-5). Christ does not want us to judge our fellow Christians instead he wants us to be forgiven, be understanding and extend the hands of love to others around us. We have all sinned and fallen. No matter how sees yourself you are not better than the other person in anyway. Nobody is one hundred percent holy or righteous, we are all living by the grace of God through Christ Jesus. Not one of is perfect even though God wants us to be perfect ( Matthew 5:48), we are all still working towards perfection through Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12).

The judgement of this world does not belong to anybody. It belongs to God Almighty, the only one lawgiver and the true judge of human character (James 4:12). We must give room for other people’s mistakes and errors and leave justice to God. It was for this reason that Christ came to restore order and judgement back to God. Christ came to take away the harsh judgement of one human being over another and he gave it back to the heavenly father. This is why Christ saw things differently and he attended to people with deep compassion in his heart. He never judged anybody harshly and every Christian must be like him in such manner.

You ought to quit being so judgemental of people and be the hands and feet of Christ on earth. You, my friend, may be in this world but you are not of this world (John 17:16). You ought not to join the bandwagon of those who pass on super hypercriticism and harsh judgement on others but you must strive to exemplify Christ to this hurting world. You must express the heart of Christ to this sick and lonely world. Be sensitive to other people’s feelings and showing mercy at all costs. It is for this very reason Christ spoke so aptly to the accusers of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery saying; “Let he without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7).

Should you as a Christian be a part of this critical and judgemental world at all, then you must first search deep within your heart and ask yourself some deep-seated questions before you mount the pulpit of justice. You must ask; Am I worthy of being a judge over anybody? Who made me the judge on earth? Am I ready to act in all fairness and be the mouthpiece of God over that individual? Can I honestly stand tall without having no guilt or shame of a past or present deeds?

Could you be one of those operating with the hypercritical spirit yet trying to live like Christ? You can overcome the spirit and let Christ be the judge. The following declarations could be the word of God you need to bring you into repentance and help change you from being so overly critical and become more tolerant and compassionate of others.

Make a bold declaration of faith to overcome the Hypercritical Judgemental spirit

I declare that the spirit of God constrains me from being conformed to the attitude of this world. I, therefore, quit being so hypercritical and judgemental of others. Instead, I will be sensitive to people’s feelings and be merciful in my judgement of character and through Christ I will overcome the hypercritical judgemental spirit of this world (1 John 5:4).
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I declare that I overcome the Hypercritical Judgemental Spirit of this world through Christ who is greater than this world, who lives in me and empowers me to overcome(1 John 4:4). Therefore I overcome this spirit through Christ who strengthens me (Phillippians4:13).
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I declare that I will henceforth live like Christ and show compassion to others. I will leave justice to God who knows all things and I will strive to love unconditionally. I will disengage myself from the Hypercritical and Judgemental Spirit of this world and adapt myself to the kingdom mentality. Therefore I will no longer conform to the patterns if this world.
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l declare that I will no longer succumb to the works of the flesh but I, henceforth will submit myself to God and walk with the spirit of God to help me overcome the hypercritical Judgemental spirit of this world. (Galatians 5:16).
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I declare I will no longer succumb to the works of the flesh but henceforth, I walk with the spirit of God and I overcome the hypercritical Judgemental spirit of this world through the word of God indwelling in me (Galatians 5:16).
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I declare that henceforth, I judge not and I am not judged. I condemn not and I am not condemned. I forgive and I am forgiven. Henceforth I treat others the way Christ would want me to treat them with respect, honor, compassion and dignity for as long as God gives me grace and I reap the reward bountifully(Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:31-37)
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I declare that my mind is daily renewed in the word of God as I study to show myself approved. Henceforth, I will no longer conform to the standards or patterns of this world. I will no longer be so hypercritical and judgemental of others so that I also will not be judged so harshly.
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I declare that henceforth, I will walk in the spirit and I will not satisfy the desires of the flesh. I will be cautious in my actions, I will act justly and show mercy just as Christ showed me some mercy and my life shall be transformed for good and for life henceforth (Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16)
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I declare that should the need arise for me to pass on judgement to anybody, I will speak up and judge fairly; I will defend the rights of the poor and the needy with mercy and with Compassion in my heart as Christ would want me to do (Proverbs 31:9). So Help me God.

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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. Continue reading “Boost Your Self-Confidence.”

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”