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Cynthia is asking what to do with negative energy. I gripe or whine a lot for help. I know it drains others and it’s not healthy. Some things are very personal to my closest relationships and I don’t want to hurt their feelings or reputation or mine. As a Christian, we have to be alight and support one another. I am struggling to find the help I need. I think surrender isn’t working. How do we surrender issues? Where do I turn when Jesus doesn’t answer me and I can’t find the answer in the word cool? That’s a good question.
Yes. Cynthia, I know you’re not alone. And what I could say is it’s just awesome that you’re aware of the issue and you’re working on it. It’s so easy to fall into trap of thinking the problem is everybody else and there’s so many people live that way, but you’re going to get healing because you’re working on it. With God’s help, I want to give you first an incredible verse that’s actually dead onto your problem. That’s Philippians four, starting in verse eleven. Philippians four, it will be eleven to 13. And it reads, not that I speak in regards to need or I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. So basically, he could be happy. He could be content. How was the secret? I know how to be a base, and I know how to abound everywhere. And in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to bound and to suffer. Need. Next verse.
What does the base mean?
Sort of humiliated?
Humbled? Yes. Late. Yeah. Cut down. Yeah. Let’s go back to verse 13. Most important verse. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can’t say that everybody knows this verse, right? Philippians 413. But what is the context of this this verse that Christ can strengthen you is specifically in the context of giving us the ability to be content in everything. So. Wow. So this really is, at his core, a mental health, happiness, contentment verse. And God can give you the strength to do it. Just claim this verse, say, God, you promised this. You promise you give me the strength to be content, to be happy, to have that positive energy. Boom, he’s going to give it to you.
And I just want to say something, too. I don’t know how you’re praying, but we tend to pray a lot in generalities. God, just take this away from me. And sometimes it works. But really, the more specific we can get in our prayers, the better. And maybe we need to mute someone’s line is getting a sirens.
So we need to pray specifically, and that’s going to give our prayers even more power. I want to give you an idea of what you can also particularly pray for, because one Peter five, six, it says, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for he cares about you. So whatever is weighing you down, what’s giving you problems, throw it on him. That cast is like picking up a stone and chucking it as far as you can possibly get rid of it. And how can you cast it upon Christ? How can you cast this negative energy, these burdens, these things are dragging you down onto Jesus again. Maybe something has happened in your past. You’re carrying a lot of baggage with you. We all are. But Christ has a special role with that. Hebrews four, verse 15 to 16. It says, for we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses. But he was at all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and Grace to help in the time of need, so he can sympathize because he’s been there.
Christ was tempted also to not be content, to complain, to be disappointed. See how many times his disciples probably gave him plenty of opportunities to do it. Like you guys, you don’t get it. You don’t get it. But this is the greatest verse. You probably know it, but really think about what it means and pray. This verse, Isaiah 53, four to five, says, Shirley, maybe we can put it up. Isaiah 53, four to five. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquity. The trustisement of our peace was upon him. And by his stripes we are healed. I believe when Christ went on the cross, starting at the garden of Gethsemane, he was carrying all the shame, all the hurt, all the sorrow, all the pain that we experienced on himself. All these things are a consequence of sin. Christ experienced it in his body, in his flesh, in his mind, in his heart and his soul. He felt all of that. And so when you can go to Christ and say, hey, guys, I am feeling this, he can say, yes, I know.
I felt that for you, so that I can give you assurance, I understand. And so that you can feel like you can let go of these things because Christ carried it. Christ has felt these things. He acknowledges that he knows these things exist. He knows they’re real. He knows their impact on you. And he took it upon himself so that he can carry it, so that you can cast it upon him, and you can let go of these things. So I pray that this will be helpful for you as you go about praying for release from the negative energy.
Amen. And if I could just add one quick thought. I know we’re a long time, but my sister I just want to let you know I feel you and this is something a lot of people struggle with. I’ve definitely struggled with this as well negative thoughts and thinking. And I want to give you one promise that God gave to me a long time ago. And it’s found in two Corinthians chapter ten, verses four and five. Because this isn’t always just a physical thought, this is often a spiritual warfare. The devil wants you to think negative things that’s his greatest weapon is against your mind. And it says in two Corinthians chapter ten, verses four and five, it says for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. So there’s definitely strongholds of negativity in our lives. But verse five gives us this promise casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ so God can give you the power to bring your thoughts into captivity, to have control over your thoughts.
And we have to pray this as a spiritual part of spiritual warfare because that’s really in essence what it is, those negative feelings. And when you’re thinking like I’m trying to do that, what do I think about it? The Lord gives us that promise in Philippines chapter four, verse eight, which says whatsoever things are good, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just so things are pure, lovely good of a good report of any virtue if there be any praise. And that’s the biggest key I’d say is to put your mind in a mind of praise. The Lord says to think on these things and I really believe that as you exercise your will and exercise your spiritual strength that God will give you the victory through his son Jesus Christ to bring into captivity your thoughts and to focus your mind on those positive things that the Lord calls us to think upon in Philippines and especially to think of praise. There’s so many reasons to praise God so if we fill our minds with praise, we won’t have time or room for anything else.
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