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Have you ever gotten in one of those moods? You know what I mean. Call it a blue mood, a funk, black cloud over your head, well you get the idea. Mine came before Christmas. That was pretty normal for me. Some consider it being a grinch, a scrooge shouting bah-humbug, and some might say a wet blanket. Whatever the name, you understand what I'm talking about. For me, from before Thanksgiving and until after my birthday, it would come and settle over me. Like some expect catching a cold or the flu, I know this unwelcome and uninvited guest will show up and make itself at home.
I've had little success in shaking it in the past, although once and a while the sun (I should probably say SON) breaks through. Well, this year was no different. I was as grinchy as normal. I hated the fact, I was even convicted (thank God!), but the mood stayed. (I had seen the same in my Dad, and hated it in him as a youth.) Then, thank God again, an epiphany! The conviction got specific. I was able to dissect the rotten thing and discern what, exactly, it was that settled over me. It wasn't one thing, however, it was a gaggle of things that nested on my head. The worst was that I had allowed them to do it!
Now, before you get too condemning there, allow me to explain. See, while each one in this gaggle were sins, they came much more like fruit flies than geese. If a goose had nested, it would have been chased off instantly. It was as if you put a pot of water on to boil, but put pinches of clashing spices in it. Instead of a potpourri of wonderful aromas, you had a mess. Imagine cloves, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, hot sauce, nutmeg, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, cilantro, onion, lemon juice…well you get the picture. While a few of these would smell terrific, together, the stench was horrible.
Here is the list of things I discovered nested in my hair (there probably were more). The next time you get one of those moods, see if you can detect any of these stink bugs trying to ruin your life.
Jealousy/Envy - Job 5.2 For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.
Resentment - Is. 45.9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
Stress - Jn. 14.1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
Depression = lack of hope - Pr. 13.12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Pr. 17.22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Self-righteousness - Lk. 18.9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector...
Self-pity - Phil. 2.14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Pride - Pr. 16.18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Anger - Pr. 16.32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Ungratefulness - Eph. 5.20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Passivity - Eph. 5.15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Notice who the focus of most of these is? That's right, me. The bottom line was, I wasn't loving: 1 Cor. 13.4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Ouch!
Any one of these could wreck a day or more if left unrepented and unconfessed. Together, stewing for days/weeks/even months, what a horrible stench! Yuck, yuck, yuck! When the word talks about abhorring sin or evil it combines anger, hatred and utter disgust. That was my reaction when I discovered the nest.
See, there was just a speck of each rumbling around, hardly detectable. Hardly big enough to call it sin. In fact, it would move between temptation and sin so easily that it was off my screen. But together, they stunk and ruined months at a time for me. Part of the problem is that the 'mood' distracted me from what I am called to be and do. That's the enemy's plan, no? Getting us sidetracked so we live like paupers instead of reigning in righteousness!
So, how about you? Ever get one of those days (or seasons)? I challenge you, as I myself was challenged (and feel free to challenge me if you ever find me there again) to allow Holy Spirit to tear that thing apart and see it for what it is. See, if it is sin and not just some mood, we can take ownership, repent of it and be freed, cleansed and forgiven! What a blessing not to have to just be stuck there! So join me in dissecting the next 'mood' and let's be free together!