Since the beginning of time, the devil has been putting pressures in man’s heart and minds, and attempting to influence them through barrages of wicked thoughts and streams of lies coming from the gates of hell. Even in your sleep the devil feeds your consciousness with unexpected and disgusting dreams. Now, what are you going to do about it? You cannot stay passive and leave your brain pulverized by stress.
The Apostle Paul, however, had written to the Philippians that the peace of God will protect your heart and your mind through Christ.
Everybody has a bad day, but not everyone is able to keep a bad day to himself. Having a bad day is not an excuse for kicking your cat or blasting terror in your household or detonating a hostile environment at work place. Having a bad day is a sudden volatile pressure ready to explode at any moment from the inside of you. Having a bad day will choke the air out of your brain, allowing the devil destroy your balance and mutilates every speck of your mind. Some call it snap.
The difference between a mature and immature believer is how they handle pressures. Pressures are real tests of a person’s heart and mind. They reveal the attitude of the heart and unveil the character of man. In spite of insurmountable pressures, others maintain their poise and still able to sleep like a log. Positive reaction to pressures is a result of a well disciplined preparation of the heart and mind by the word of God. A well experienced Moses prepared and established Joshua as his successor to lead the nation of Israel. Prior to entering the promise land, Moses reminded Joshua the secret of success:
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for thou then shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
On the contrary, some are easily distracted by petty stuff, while others remain cold blooded during the adrenalin rush. Pressures will trigger you to snap. It will cause unimaginable danger to you and to others. At times those who are pushed to the limit lose their sense and open their heart and minds in the hands of the devil.
Judas the Iscariot is a classic case. He lost his grips and was unable to handle his guilt. He took the hard way by committing suicide. He thought it was an easy escape. Jesus wished he was never been born to suffer such horror.
Another classic case is Jesus. He took the pressure like a lamb, calm and obedient to the cross. The same is true with Abraham when he offered Isaac as burnt offering. Abraham felt nothing but obedience to God as he was ready to slash Isaac to his death. But Peter was a different breed. He was jumpy, always on the verge of panic. He ran around like a headless chicken to evade the arrest for following Jesus.
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV)
Pressures will cause anxiety of the heart. Anxiety means painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind. Anxiety causes depression. It opens the door for the devil to influence your thoughts and torture you to fear. But the remedy is the word of God. The Apostle Paul advises believers to put their minds on high above. Paul had to ask them to renew their minds according to His word, and to let the word of Christ dwells in them richly.
“The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10 NKJV)
Bitterness is being distasteful or distressing to the mind, exhibiting intense animosity, and harshly reproachful. A person who allows bitterness in his heart only prolongs the painful pressures in his heart and minds. No one can stand a bitter person for it is toxic. The Book of Proverbs even said that not even a stranger would listen to a bitter heart.
Believers can handle the pressures of this world because of the peace of God in their heart and minds. The joy of the Lord is their strength, the joy that surpasses all understanding. The Apostle Paul, in spite of spending his latter part of his life in prison, continues to take the roll of a cheer leader. Cheering for the Body of Christ to rejoice at all times!
“A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV)
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Proverbs 15:13 NKJV)
A merry heart brings healing to your spirit, soul, and body. Joy in the Holy Spirit counters every evil attacks of the devil in your life. Reader’s Digest has this famous section, “Laughter Is the Best Medicine.” Millions have received strength, healing, and re-generated because they’ve learned to enjoy life, because they began to laugh out loud in the midst of pressures.
Having a bad day is not an excuse because you are a new creation in Christ. You have been set free from the bondage of your enemy. Psalm 126:1-3 is the attitude of the heart and minds of the new creation in Christ:
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing,
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.