I was just coming off of one of the best ministry weekend experiences I’ve had in along time. It couldn’t have possibly went any better, followed by a great Sunday service it made it a perfect weekend.
However, by Tuesday I had fallen into a funk! It felt much like the Monday blues I had experienced in the past when I would preach on Sunday and the waking up exhausted and extremely critical of myself the next day.
This funk was for real! It wasn’t going away. It was negative and annoying. My thoughts were bombarded with endless internal arguments. They were pushing me around, beating me down into a depressed state that I couldn’t overcome on my own.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5- For though we walk in the world, we do not fight according to this world’s rules of warfare. 4 The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth. 5 We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One. – The Voice Translation
By lunch time I had enough! I recognized this battle needed to be put to rest and so I took action.
- I stopped listening to lies and listened to truth – I immediately listened to an encouraging, life giving, truth telling sermon via podcast. God’s eternal truth will always end an internal argument! You have to punch falsehood in the face or it will continue taunt you and tempt you to keep arguing against what is really true.
- I told someone I was wrestling with things were not true – I have found that when I confess thoughts I’m wrestling to someone that are contrary to reality it puts them into submission. This confession is often countered with correct perspective and clarity from a trusted friend.
- I put my feelings in check – I had to punk the funk! I like what Paul says, “We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience…” We have authority over our thought life and emotional life. Every now an again the “old soul” will come against the new thing that God is doing in me. Like a guard leading a prisoner back to his cell, we must capture our carnal thoughts and feelings and hold them captive with the authority Jesus has given us.
The funk is for real, but the truth of God’s Word is superior and will help subdue your thoughts and emotions that are coming against the good work that God is doing in you and through you. Punk the Funk! Put it in it’s proper place today,