IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS
Anyone who has been blessed by the grace of God, to daily open their eyes with a sound state of mind, breathing the precious breath of life, can provide personal testimony of the innumerable vicissitudes of life that they have experienced. Most, in all probability can even recall those periods of days, months and even years where they found themselves entangled in emotional quagmires of despair where they were left feeling fearful, hopeless, worthless and depressed. Some have been fortunate enough to be blessed with personal and professional networks, that have provided them with the necessary support required to begin the healing process leading to recovery, while many others have ended up as the saying goes, “falling through the cracks.” Sadly, many of those who have fallen, are saved, born again, Holy Ghost filled members of church congregations, sitting under the auspices of church leaders who frown upon those members who decide to take a stand to rely exclusively upon the teachings of God’s word. Some have even been counseled to seek the assistance of medical professionals, psychiatrist and psychoanalysts that are more better equipped to handle their problems with modern day pharmaceuticals, and therapy sessions, than the church.
I remember not long ago, experiencing a day where it felt as if my entire being (body, soul and spirit) had become the target of a serious indomitable physical and spiritual attack; the kind that makes a person want to lock themselves in a bedroom, under the covers where they can fall into a deep state of sleep where all of their cognitive senses shut down, making them dead to the world for several hours. I was determined not to become a victim, so I began verbally confessing scriptures to myself where I would insert my name to personalize them. I used Deuteronomy 31:8 saying, “And You Lord, are the one who goes before me. You will be with me, You will not leave me nor forsake me; I will not fear or be dismayed.” I also used Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I even used combinations of scriptures saying, “God you are my light and my Salvation. I abide in the secret place of You the most high, under your shadow.” Despite all my attempts, I was still experiencing feelings of extreme fatigue and restlessness, and that made me feel as if I were trapped in the boxed environment of my work place. I realized that I was actually feeling depressed. Prayer was the only thing that literally helped me make it through that day.
As I was driving home, I began having a conversation with Holy Spirit. I thanked Him for helping me make it through the day, then I asked him for insight. I needed to know why I had experienced such terrible day. I decided that I was going tell Him about all that had happened that day (as if He hadn’t been there experiencing it with me), hoping that it would result in a quicker response from Him. I wasn’t getting the immediate response that I desired, so I continued ranting on and on, until finally I heard a soft whisper that said, “Be still.” I knew in my spirit, that it was Holy Spirit. I was absolutely certain that at any minute, He was going to have a whole discourse with me. Much to my surprise, it was much later, than sooner before I heard anything. Finally He spoke just two words saying, “Imitate Jesus.” Then there was complete silence for the rest of my trip. I was totally aggravated.
When I finally reached home and settled down to read my Bible, Holy Spirit led me to the Book of Luke, Chapter 9. When I reached verses 22-25, Holy Spirit said, “Jesus is speaking; listen closely.” It read, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” He had me read those verses several more times and as I was about to proceed, Holy Spirit said, “Write down verse 22. It said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." As I was about to ask Him a question, He said, “Underline the last part of the verse and keep reading.” I reached the end of the chapter and was about to close the Bible, but I had a very strong urge to continue reading.
As I began to read Luke chapter 10, I noticed that it was speaking about how Jesus had sent out seventy of His disciples in advance, to the towns where he had intentions of visiting. They returned expressing great joy, telling Him, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." He had given them authority to heal the sick, cast out demons and tell those who they met, that “The Kingdom of God was near them.” When Jesus heard the reason for their great joy, He said to them in verse 20, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." As I read the next verse, something happened in my spirit that I could not explain. It read, “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit. In all of the reading that I have done over the years, I could not recall anywhere in the entire Bible where I had ever read this scripture. Even more strange, was the fact that I knew that I had at some point in the past, read this verse before. It had never affected me the way it did this time. I read it over and over and over. I was so totally amazed that Jesus would be rejoicing in the Spirit. I asked Holy Spirit, “What would make Jesus rejoice in the Spirit? He told me to look at Luke 9:22, the scripture that I had written down. When I read it, and reached the last part of the scripture where “He said that He would be killed and raised from the dead, my mind immediately went back to “Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit”. Then my mind went back to the last statement that Jesus had spoken to the disciples, telling them, “rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” I almost jumped up off the chair. I realized that there was a common denominator between the three statements. Holy Spirit had just blessed me with revelation knowledge.
As I sat comtemplating all that I had just read, I realized that Holy Spirit had taught me a most valuable, and humbling lesson. He had taken me to the Word of God and revealed to me, that despite my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knowing that He was about to experience a horrendous amount of humiliation and suffering before being nailed to the cross, where He would hang and die, that “He rejoiced in the Spirit”, because he was looking beyond the present temporary situation and circumstances, to what the final outcome would be. He knew that His final reward would far outweigh all that He was about to experience. He rejoiced because He had faith and belief in His Father Almighty God, that He would raise Him from the dead on the third day. He rejoiced knowing that His Father’s plan was coming more and more into fruition. He wanted His disciples to know, that they needed to imitate Him, and turn their attention away from the present rewards of their accomplishments with the demons, and rejoice for the more valuable outcome of their names being written in heaven, guaranteeing them eternal life.
Holy Spirit also wanted me to clearly understand Ephesians 6:12 that says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The attack that I had experienced that day, was one that had originated from the spiritual realm, not the physical. He wanted me to know that there will be other days like the one that I had just experienced, where I would have to by faith, consciously take a stand and make a definitive decision, to shift my mental focus from the “present now” (filled with its’ situations, circumstances, distractions and temporary rewards), to the eternal future, where the Word of God speaks of my “promised inheritance” that awaits me. This lesson has since then helped me to make it through many a day. I use the attributes of that lesson as a powerful spiritual weapon, to ward off and neutralize any present or future attacks from Satan and his allies, whose primary objective is to literally steal, kill or destroy my happiness, peace, and joy, in every area and aspect of my life.
There are literally thousands of self-help books that have been written and published in the literary market by psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, life coach gurus and famous talk show hosts targeting confused, depressed, suffering souls. Their newly found fans and faithful followers literally spend millions of dollars annually purchasing their books, with the hope of finding solutions for the more disconcerting vicissitudes of their lives that cause fear, confusion, pain and depression that sometimes lead to suicide. Many of these writers literally become “gods and idols”, to those who are knowingly or unknowingly actually seeking “Truth.”
Almighty God has provided the world with His truth, which is the “Ultimate Truth, to which all of mankind’s truths must conform. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” From beginning to end, Jesus Christ is the central figure throughout the scriptures of “The Bible” which literary experts claim to be the most popular printed book of all times with over 6 billion currently in print. God has provided this great book for the entire human race (saved and unsaved) as His “Master Instruction Manual.” It contains the principles by which they should live their lives, as well as the solutions for their many problems. Jesus has been provided as the ultimate solution. All we need to do, is to follow His example.
“HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR”