EMOTIONAL MANAGEMENT? YES, IT IS POSSIBLE!
Victory in Jesus is the only possibility when emotions of grief and sadness seem overwhelming.
Easy to say. How do you do it?
Probably you need to have been in that sort of situation to know that Jesus can deal with it.
First of all, you need a strong relationship with The Spirit of Truth. Sometimes this comes instantaneously but very often it comes through faithful study of how the scriptures speak to life – yours in particular – and then applying those scriptures. As you use the power of speaking scripture to life, just like Jesus did during His temptation in the wilderness after forty days of fasting, you will notice the supernatural, surging strength of the Spirit of God.
He was mighty hungry when He realized that He was now released from fasting and ready for a meal. (Luke 4). Satan got Him at exactly the right moment. He knows how to time his great sounding words of immediate relief and comfort for maximum effect. He even misuses scripture to make it sound religious and right. You will not see through this without knowing the Holy Spirit intimately through your Bible study and prayer times. But when you are intimate with the Spirit of God you will never feel comfortable with a twisted scripture, even if it seems to bring comfort and help. You will immediately feel distaste and God will put the right thought into your mind directly, probably through a scripture properly quoted, which will have authority and strength.
Consider everybody’s favorite Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want…. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies… my cup flows over.
Guess what! You don’t begin to understand what is on the Lord’s Table for you until you have been through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, through some heavily testing emotional grief or despair that turns your attention to the strength and power of the Almighty for deliverance and strength. We Christians need these dreadful experiences, (1) so we must find the real power of the Lord to overcome, (2) so we can understand what is happening to others going through similar experiences, and (3) so we can develop the responses to crises immediately with complete confidence and durability, (4) so we can be the true friend of others suffering similar trials, (5) so we can learn real rest as commanded in Hebrews 4 even in trouble, knowing God has complete control.
Furthermore the Lord says in James 1:2, Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…. Under pressure your faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colours… Let it do its work so that you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way (Message Bible).
So a response to overwhelming sadness might look like this:
Pour out your situation to God and give Him the authority to deal with it. Don’t take that authority back again. In other words grieve properly. Let the emotions express themselves as you can’t just deny those feelings even though they are not to take over your personality. The Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead is in you. And He who raised Christ from the dead WILL ALSO GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODY through His Spirit who dwells in you, (Romans 8:11.)
Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.
Isaiah 61: Put on the garment of praise (from the Holy Spirit) for the spirit of heaviness (from Satan). This might be difficult but is the key to victory, so do it anyway. God is building your character. And Romans 8 tells us God will work all things for your good if you are faithful to Him (called according to His purpose).
Give the problem to God. He is the Almighty and knows the end from the beginning. We certainly don’t. Trust Him with it and let Him have it. This is His world and He knows exactly what He is doing. Don’t take the problem back from Him and keep worrying about it. He will deal with it according to His great knowledge of all things. Remember, He gave the Israelites one month only to grieve (ceremony, talk to everyone, sackcloth and ashes, weeping, sharing, and giving vent to the feelings so they are recognized and released) for the great leader Moses, and then told them to stop mourning and get on with life.
This always means that while emotions need appropriate recognition and full expression, self-pity (long-term attention seeking behavior) is satanic destruction and has no place in our lives.
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