“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty/freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Disappointed? Discouraged? Depressed? These are usually easy emotions to identify right? Of course, these are not feelings that we desire to have, yet they come at different points in life. We become disappointed, discouraged, or depressed because we just aren’t satisfied with where life is at that time. These emotions are actually steps in a progression and if we learn how to recognize them at their onslaught, we can combat them before they move on to the next step. Let me explain. When someone lets me down, either by not doing what I expected them to do or by speaking words of disapproval over me, I can become disappointed. Immediately, I have allowed that disappointment to become thoughts in my head. “Why did they say that?” Or “why didn’t they do what they said they were going to do?” Now, I am discouraged. “I can’t trust them anymore” is what my thoughts are telling start telling me. If I continue to dwell on these thoughts, I can be led right into a depressed condition that has become a pit that is not easy to get out of. The entire process is a trap, and I was led right into it by the first thought I allowed myself to hang on to.
Thankfully, there is a way to avoid the trap. That way is the Holy Spirit inside of you! If you begin in your life to insert the fruit of the Holy Spirit into your disappointing times in life, you will ward off the enemy’s attack of disappointment. Therefore, the progression to depression has no chance of trapping you. Let me explain this. If I go ahead and realize that I am the only person I have control of in any given situation, I can go ahead and plan how I am going to respond to the circumstances around me. When things don’t go the way I planned or expected them to go, I can plan that I am going to insert an attribute of the Holy Spirit instead of becoming disappointed. I can release love in the situation, I can release joy or peace and so on. Freedom from the trap of depression is in the Holy Spirit and His fruit. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and patience. If we purposefully bear His fruit instead of the emotions our enemy is pushing, we will have godly results instead of a depressing outcome. The secret is look for the Spirit of God always.
When you recognize that people are not perfect and you yourself are not perfect, your expectations should be that others are not going to get it right all the time and neither are you. I’m not saying you shouldn’t try; I’m simply saying don’t expect perfection. Worse yet, don’t have a mindset that what I expect is the only way and if it isn’t done my way, I will be disappointed. Expect instead to be gracious and let the liberty of the Spirit be your response in all your reactions.
Today I want to encourage you to experience the freedom that is in the Holy Spirit of God by putting His fruit into your life and actions. Let love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and patience be your thoughts and responses. These will make no room for stress, anxiety, and disappointment, let alone discouragement and depression. Thwart off the enemy’s attack today and begin to turn your thoughts and heart toward that freedom and allow God’s glory to shine through in your life and not be hidden by your enemy.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18