Yesterday I posted an Old Testament command to not allow feelings of depression to overcome me. Or at least that is the way I interpreted Joshua 1:9 and, with some success but also some failure, put into practice yesterday. Being brave and not allowing myself to be discouraged certainly beats moping about all day (or even moping for an hour or any amount of time). This morning the Lord brought to my mind the New Testament command (by the Spirit through Paul in 1 Thess. 5:16-18) to:
- Rejoice always
- Pray without ceasing
- In everything give thanks
Which is a step up on what I was putting into practice yesterday.
The Holy Spirit in us is our hope and one of the fruits of the Spirit is self control. If God is commanding this then it must be possible. I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out.
This is God’s Word and it is either living and active to you or it is not. If this word is living and active to you then why not put it into practice? He wouldn’t have brought it to your attention unless He wanted to give you the strength to also do it.