by Donny Weimar
Spiritually Mixed Moods
Spiritual people go high into the glorious clouds with cheers of exuberance, as they skip down the shopping isle – counting watches, shirts, and more like 1. 2. 3. Spiritual people experience guilt, like a heavy iron coat of metal, weighing down with them on the mattress. Z. Z. Z.
You want to be self-controlled. You do not want to get out of the recliner. You want to save for a rainy day. Wanting to buy out the store. All this go around confusion sounds crazy-mad to you. Doesn’t it? It does to me and sometimes I live with it too. You must have faith to forgive yourself if you are going to be a Christian striving for the image of Jesus in your heart, while living with a condition that sends your mood spinning. In a stage of hypo-mania.
Like you are in a mood where you could go a hundred yards dash in 30 seconds but the parking brake is on. Half your brain is wired for speed. The wheels moving the other cogs are in the mud. The outcome can land us in a hospitalization for hypo manic anger. Oh, yes, it’s real. You and I are going to embark on a special journey together in this article. We will pierce the inner workings of hypo mania to reveal some biblical secrets to may apply as we strive. Some solutions to those weird feelings swaying back and forth in that windmill of a mind inside. We will conclude with some intriguing recommendations from God Himself!
Do not Always Act on Your Feelings I – Manic Solutions
Feel impulsive – Do what it takes to avoid temptations
When payday comes the feeling of the penniless drought is watered with a craving to spend. With God’s help, avoid temptations.
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Matthew 26:41 (ESV)
The strongest thing one may do to get away from being tempted is to offer up your mind to God in prayer. That is, as you may remember, one of the primary lessons of the Lord’s model prayer in Matthew 6. God who will give to each one according to his works (Romans 2:6) is a God of justice (Romans 1:18).
Father God is also the living God of all comfort and grace (Romans 6:23). His grace teaches us to deny temptations and to live in accord with His divine will. (2 Corinthians 7:1-2). We have a blessing with the opportunity to change our hearts and convert to serve Jesus, before temptations give birth to sin and death in our hearts (James 1:13).
Feel lustful – Do what is necessary not to engage the eyes, ears, vision, or touch.
Mankind, male and female, have been sinning in the same pattern as the first couple in Eden (Romans 5:12). The wages of giving into the same categorical deception by the Adversary, has been death. Thus, our better interest to avoid lust. Lust of the eyes? Bounce your eyes and glace away. Lust of the flesh? Turn your back to protect yourself, even if the other person is offended. People given to making themselves overly attractive on the outside are often unattractive once you get past the pretense they practice.
“And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.”Ecclesiastes 7:26 (ASV)
Solomon is a man describing a woman. The same entrapment can be played by promiscuous men. This leads us to the next point.
If you feel lascivious – Clothe yourself well and do your best not to flirt.
Lascivious means attempting to get other people to lust after oneself by the way one dresses, behaves and speaks. This is a sin according to 2 Peter 2:2. It’s akin to prostitution, but more like Craig’s list where adults look to “sleep” with one another liberally.
Feel Narcissistic – Be less “egocentric” and more “Theo-centric.”
Egocentric means self centered. Theo-centric means God centered. People who feel an inordinate fascination with themselves are narcissists. We see it widely promoted in modern psychology. The answer to all life’s problems are in you. If you decide to set your own mind to do such-and-such, it will happen for you. Even some big names in “Christendom” preach God as if He were a man-made God, you can pull out of a crackerjacks box. I do not intend to be rude. Neither you nor my life will be perfect this side of the grave.
“Go, now, you who are saying, “Today and tomorrow we will go on to such a city, and will pass there one year, and traffic, and make gain”; 14 who does not know the thing of tomorrow; for what is your life? For it is a vapor that is appearing for a little [while], and then is vanishing; 15 instead, you [ought] to say, “If the LORD may will, we will live, and do this or that”; 16 but now you glory in your pride; all such glorying is evil; 17 to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing [it], it is sin to him.”James 4:13-17 Literal Standard Version
Do not Always Act on Your Feelings II – Get Up from Depressed Feelings
People can get depressed to the point they feel as though they have no energy to move their bodies. The Bible offers some recommendations. Here are a some of them.
• Go for a walk while you talk with the LORD
When Jesus is forlorn in depression about His upcoming assassination death on a man-made tree, He walks about a stone throw away from the disciples and prays the Father about His temptation to not go through with the plan. Jesus remains obedient to Father God.
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.” Luke 22:44 (ASV)
• Listen to Gospel Hymns
Understandably, the difficulty to sing when you are downtrodden. Start by listening to recordings through the day. You can do this with lessons by the preachers who preach the truth in love as well. I have found GBN.org to be a great channel for both. When preaching is not streaming, hymns are being played.
• Do something special for a neighbor – think outside the box
Here we have the truth right-side up. Depressed feelings tend to make us turn into ourselves. Almost like the lenses falling out of the frames, we cannot see past our own nearsighted nose. “Love thy neighbor” is the second greatest commandment in the entire Bible. The first command is to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. Do something for someone else when you feel doing nothing but sleeping in the recliner.
• Call somebody and encourage them
You will be surprised how effective this is. When we stir others to love and good works, we find ourselves motivated the same. The reason God wants Christians to spend time with Christians is for this reason. Hope is the goal. If you feel hopeless, get around some encouraging Christians. Isolation will destroy you. When encouraging people try to outdo one another with encouraging words, a whole new competition to feel good in a more healthy way begins.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”Hebrews 10:23-25 (NKJV)
Wonderful blessings you may share with others in your personal walk with God. Let God Be Your Comforter. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ASV)
Allow God’s Word to Console You
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (ASV)
Rest in God’s Grace as Your Constant
“And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, I will rather gladly boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may overshadow me.” .2 Corinthins 12:9 Green’s Literal Translation
God Always Listens to You
“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”Psalm 55:17 (NKJV)
Speak to Him. He listens when you talk. Why else end with a soft, amen? Because we are confident that YHWH has the last Amen, or as translated “So-Be-It done in accordance the LORD’s sovereign will.”