Recently I fell into a 3 week funk. I am a woman who knows God’s Word, I know His truths, promises and what He says about me. I understand spiritual warfare, so I can recognize the beginning signs of feeling sad or depressed early on and nip them in the bud. But this time, it hit me like a ton of bricks and I felt like I couldn’t crawl out. I had been in such a good mental and spiritual place. I was focused, motivated and feeling confident about being on a purposeful path. I got to a place where the usual devotionals, Joel Osteen podcasts and praise and worship music were no longer connecting. I couldn’t even bring myself to journal, which is highly unlike of me because journaling is my therapeutic release.
I got frustrated and asked my husband, “Why does it seem so much easier to fall down than it is to rise above?” He reminded me of the verse in 1 Peter 5:8 that says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
He’s right! The enemy is always prowling around, just waiting for us to give him an opening to let him in. He knows our triggers, he knows where we are weak. So the moment we expose ourselves to a weakening source, he pounces on it and digs his claws in. But God has already overcome the enemy, he has taken back the keys and given us, His daughters, full authority in Him. He says that He has made us the head and not the tail and that the enemy will be like a footstool crushed under our feet.
But we give the devil back the keys when we agree with his lies. And it’s not like we are consciously making that choice sometimes. It starts with the things we watch, the words we listen to, the way we start our days and the things we consume. The devil will use different avenues to get in slowly, and before you know it, you will feel flat on your face not knowing how you got there.
As I reflected over the last 3 weeks, here are 5 things I noticed that had the power to take me down.
Watching: This might sound weird, but I haven’t watched TV for the last two years. I realized I hadn’t watched it in about 3 months because I was so busy and decided to save money by turning off my cable. I haven’t even missed it! Recently, I joined a gym with TV’s on the cardio equipment, so I’ve been watching reality shows. I noticed that instead of feeling energetic and happy after my workout, I was feeling a little down. I was inviting myself into the lives and drama of the Real Housewives of OC and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It’s so entertaining, but the gossip, anger and silliness that goes on emits bad energy that starts to seep in. This week, I have kept the TV off and instead, I watch Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer inspirational broadcasts on my phone. I am being kind to my brain, soul and my body at the same time! I feel much better.
Listening: What are you listening to? You might love the sound and beats of certain types of music, but if it’s demoralizing, dehumanizing or objectifying women, then it’s having a terrible effect on your mind and your subconscious thoughts. What we put inside of us, comes out. When you listen to music that sounds angry or depressing, chances are, you start feeling that way. And the devil will use that as an “in” and start feeding on it.
Consuming: Sugar, processed foods and alcohol are considered “low energy” foods in the spiritual world. The reason why is because you experience a hard “crash” after consuming them. They mess with your brain chemicals which impacts your overall emotional stability. Be aware of what you put in your body because your body is a reflection of how you value and honor yourself spiritually.
Starting Day: Are you starting the day by picking up your phone and checking notifications or emails? Tim Ferris, the author of The Four Hour Work Week says that is the most unproductive way to start the day. Not to mention, it doesn’t serve your mental happiness at all. The way you start your day tends to have a trickle effect, so be sure to open it the way you want it to continue. My husband and I were in a habit of morning prayer walks, so we would literally start the day with God, thanking Him for our blessings and presenting our requests. We noticed crazy miracles just falling in our laps when we were in this habit. There is no better way to start the day than in the Presence of God through prayer, praise and thanksgiving. If walks aren’t doable, then journaling is an awesome way to start as well, especially with wordless praise and worship music in the background.
Social Media: Get in the habit of just going specifically to your friend’s social media pages to support what they are doing. You don’t need to be a victim scrolling through all the images of people you barely know or don’t know at all and ultimately comparing your life to theirs. It’s unrealistic and unhealthy. A spirit of comparison and competition leads to jealousy and self-hate and the bible says that jealousy is so poisonous, it will eat you from the inside out.
We are a product of the influences we allow around us. This might seem intense, but it’s up to you if you want to be joyful and productive or unmotivated and depressed. Value yourself enough to only allow things in and around you that will serve you well.
Why not start today? Don’t wait until “you’re ready” or “it’s a good time.” Today is a good time, so start breaking those bad habits that are hurting you and debunk your funk!
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