“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” –Philippians 4:8
The holidays and the end of the year are approaching, and people are hit with depression, frustration, and fear. Although 2016 was a tremendous year for a lot of us, it was a difficult year for a large portion of people. Instead of focusing on the negative, we must focus on the positive. You might say, “it’s harder than what it sounds like.” Maybe you went through a rollercoaster in this year. I met a person last week in evangelism whose grandfather passed away a month ago; his grandfather raised him up when his father left him at a younger age. Maybe you’re trapped in an impossible cycle where you feel like God isn’t there. I came here to tell you that there are better days that are coming for you!
When we keep our eyes off of God, we will focus on natural circumstances and not in him. Why do we tend to fall into discouragement? It is because we are fighting the wrong enemy! We are trying to take control of our circumstances and we forget that it is God’s job to eliminate those hardships. Our only job is to pray and trust in his complete work. That is why the apostle Paul said, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Our sight can fool us, and it is the guillotine of our faith. When we look into this world, we see chaos and war, and it can make our character change. God wants us to walk and live by faith!
December is the month where the enemy attacks people with low self-esteem. For a lot of people, the end of the year is a time to reflect back on what has happened in this entire year. The problem is that when we are carnal and centered on this world, the enemy hits us with the negative constantly. He tries to oppose all of the good that happened. That is why the holidays are the seasons were people repeatedly commit suicide, or end up in drugs, or in depression, etc. It is the time were although people celebrate, there is another group that isolate themselves from everyone. They don’t want to fellowship and they want to be separated from the world. These people are going through difficult times, and due to fear of exposure, they keep it hidden in their own box.
Fellowship is the antidote and medicine to depression. Pride is the only thing that will stop us from being around people. Relationships are a mystery, and that is why we must be open-minded about them. If we close ourselves, we can miss out on great opportunities that are presented to us. Every new season is connected to a person; relationships can either break us or make us. We learn from some mistakes and we rejoice with other victories. Regardless of the people that hurt us, we must move forward and not be afraid to be hurt again. God wants to deliver us from the evil one, but we must continuously be in fellowship so that the devil doesn’t have his way in us.