These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
I was hurt in my heart and I was about to cry within myself. Then a voice echoed in me saying:
Why you are joyful when your flesh is happy and when your flesh is hurt why are you sorrowful? Meaning why I am crying because I am hurt and my flesh seeks something and it did not find it.
Normally I am noticing this pattern in my life. When I am joyful in my flesh (Body mind and soul) my heart is in joyful condition and when I am hurt in my flesh my heart is sorrowful. The fleshy desires like relationship, things that ought to happen in a natural realm and it is not happening, doubt, fear etc… When these things hit our heart, then we are going into sorrow and depression. Sometimes it is normal and sometimes it takes us to extreme.
Paul says our hearts ache, but we always have joy – 2 Cor 6:10. How can this be possible? It is possible if we live by the Holy Spirit and not by our flesh. I believe God is trying to tell me that I need to be joyful based on the Holy Spirit Who lives in me. If He is sorrowful because of something, then we need to have that godly sorrow, but when He is joyful then we need to be joyful. Then I realized the meaning of the word Joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17). Will we know what God feels? Yes, we can feel His anger, joy, peace and anguish. Paul and Silas sang and praised God even when they are physically suffering because of their walk with the Holy Spirit.
During tough times it is a struggle to overcome our emotions, pain and thoughts of unbelief. It is a battle between our flesh and our spirit and moreover Satan’s messengers will be there to pour oil into the fire to make things worse. In these battles, our only option is to stand in faith believing that our Lord Jesus is He who sanctifies us, heals us and justifies us. If we have promises from the Lord before this battle, then hold on to it. Our situation may or may not change at that time and it is up to God’s timing and purpose but we need to be rooted in faith as we understand His heart and overcome our emotions. This is where we need to grow in maturity and it does not come in one day. I pray that we all grow into that kind of walk in the Holy Spirit, even though emotions of our flesh take us as a storm initially, we can still overcome it by the Peace that comes through Holy Spirit. May God sustain our hearts in these tough times through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
I Peter 5:7-11
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.