The months of January and February are supposed to be the coldest, darkest and bleakest of the entire year. Please notice that I said supposed to be. I can somewhat fathom this stance for those living north of these tropical orange groves, but for those people here in this sun-soaked paradise, I am positive that it is a state of mind. And I am going to refer you to my sponsor to prove my point. Proverbs 17:22 says, "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones." In other words, a broken spirit makes one sick.
I am not a doctor, but I guarantee that our attitudes and our outlook have a dramatic effect on our physical well being. Our physical, emotional and spiritual lives are intertwined. Stress is proven to cause diabetes and a long list of other illnesses. Worry and anxiety cause ulcers. Depression and sadness weaken our immune system and make us susceptible to almost everything else.
Psalm 118 says, "īthis is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it". Before I expound on this scripture, let me just say that there are two things that I know for a fact: there is a God and I am not Him -- but I would like to add a word to this passage nevertheless and that word is īchooseī. When I get up in the morning, and the world is not as I would expect or have anticipated, I can react by becoming a toxic person, creating a toxic waste dump environment around me, or I can quote , "īthis is the day which the Lord hath made, I will CHOOSE to rejoice and be glad in it." Iīm determined not to respond negatively to my circumstances.
Where did I learn this tremendous life-enhancing lesson? In Godīs instruction manual, of course. He gave us His inspired Word so that our lives could be rich and full, plus productive and gloriously meaningful. The best example being King David. When he came back after fighting the Philistines, they discovered that the Amalekites had raided the city, burned it to the ground and carried off all the women and children. Davidīs soldiers were so distraught that they began turning against him and started talking of killing him.
Sometimes, as in Davidīs situation, when we are trying to do all that we know how, and especially when we are attempting to do much for God, those around us, those closest to us, instead of encouraging us, become our greatest obstacles. We can give up. We can give in. Or we can instead do as David did: ī he encouraged himself in the Lordī
This conveys that he gained inner strength, plus boldness and courage. These things spring up from inside because of knowing God. Knowing who He is and what He has done for us. As David turned to the Lord, put on the ephod and inquired of Him, a powerful anointing came on him which enabled David and his men to chase after their enemy and to get back what had been stolen from them.
Are we going to let Satan, the enemy of our soul, rob and steal and destroy even one precious day from our life, or are we going to decisively encourage ourselves in the Lord and become like an artesian well, so full of the Spirit and anointing of God that we splash and gush joy on all those that come into our presence?
On three occasions Jesus made the statement, "be of good cheer". He said, "be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven". Meaning, we are heaven-bound. A tremendous reason, I would say, to ībe gladī.
Another time, when His disciples were frightened and troubled He said, "īBe of good cheer, it is I, Jesus!" I, Jesus, your Creator, your Savior; your Redeemer and your Lord. Your Provider, your Defender, your Shield and your Buckler. I, Jesus, your Guide and your Peace. Your Comforter and your Heavenly Father. Attributes that enable us to face any obstacle.
Lastly,"īBe of good cheer, I, (Jesus) have overcome the world!" Let Him, the bright Morning Star arise in your hearts.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com Submitted 7/26/2003 5:01:00 PM | Post Comment