I used to be so melancholy. You could call me Eeyore.
Yes, I was a Christian, but you couldn’t tell. As a famous comedian said, someone needed to tell the Gospel to my face because it never smiled.
Being a Christian didn’t help – in fact, it probably made things worse. God called me early in my Christian walk to be a Watch Woman on the wall. This means I was called to keep an eye on end-time events – a most depressing subject.
Between watching the world become darker, Satan’s attacks, and everyday life difficulties, I had trouble finding lasting happiness or joy. It would visit, but would never stay.
After time, I got used to defeat. I accepted it as normal. My only hope was a distant Heaven.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that my tune changed dramatically. Now most days, I’m anything but melancholy. In fact, I have every reason to burst with the kind of peculiar joy that annoys people. Sure, I have tough days, but my default mood has changed.
Not my circumstances. I was a writer before; I’m still a writer. I had a family before; I still have one (although they’re reaping the benefits of a joyous, content mom and wife. They may think I’m drinking too much. Trust me, I’m not. I would tell you if I were.)
What changed was the realization the Holy Spirit abides in me…and I in Him.
I went through years of Christianity before I understood this. But now I do – and you can, too.
You see, so often we become saved and then think we have to do this Christian life (which is very difficult by the way) alone. Oh, sure, we pay lip service to “working in God’s strength,” but do we really know what that means?
It isn’t until we understand that God’s Spirit is inside of us that we can relax. We can bear fruit. God will make the fruit grow – all we have to do is abide.
The key to joy isn’t to working harder, serving more, or choosing happiness – the key is to abide in God, and let Him abide in you.
If you have God’s Spirit in you (and if you’re a Christian, you do (1 Corinthians 12:13)) then everything you do includes Him. You may not know He’s there, but He is. Inside you. You can’t get any closer than that.
God’s huge, mighty, enormous, gargantuan, unearthly Spirit has been stuffed into teeny, tiny, fragile, squeaky, little you (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Now that’s power.
And guess what? He is active. His Spirit lives. He isn’t dormant or static. He has emotions and wisdom freely available to you (Psalm 51:6).
If you talk to Him, He will respond (1 Corinthians 2:13).
If you ask Him a question, He will answer (1 John 2:27).
If you need guidance, He will give it (Luke 24:32).
If you need help, He will show you the way (John 14:26).
If you don’t know what to say, He’ll give you the words (Luke 12:12).
If you need peace, patience, or any other fruit of the Spirit, decrease yourself. Then God will bear it through you (John 15:16).
Don’t misunderstand me. This life is difficult and always will be. But everything is easier when you’re aware God’s inside you. You have a constant companion with power to change things. The more you allow Him, the more His Spirit will grow.
And just as surely as the storms come, they will pass – and God’s Spirit will never leave you, even during the valleys and the mountaintops of life (John 14:16).
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
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