It’s crazy how we allow our emotions to hold us back from being all-in with God. I realized there are four key negative emotions that cause us issues and keep us from applying four key truths of God. I really didn’t plan it this way but amazingly both the core truths and the core issues all start with letters of the word HOPE.

We need these core truths of God to help us deal with these core issues. We’re just going to skim the surface here.

Hatred

Hatred is a word I never use when I’m talking about a person and likely you don’t either. However, what happens when someone out and out lies about us ? What about when we confront them and they deny they did it although we know they did and then they keep on doing it?

Instead of hate, we might say they hurt our feelings however the pain we feel turns into hatred when we start talking about what they did and how it made us feel.

Someone hurt our pride and that turned into us hating them. It made us mad that anyone would think of us in that way whether it was true or not.

Those who hurt us do that because they are jealous of us. Their derision somehow makes them feel better about themselves. So, if we allow our pride to keep us from forgiving them, we are as bad as they are. We need to humble ourselves before God and forgive them. Then, move on.

James 4:6 TPT tells us, “God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.” And in James 4:10 NIV it says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

In hurt and hated, we must practice humility.

Overwhelm

Overwhelm was a big issue for me.  I so wanted to cram in as much as I could do for God in a day. Many times sleep would take a second place to what I thought I had to get done.

Somehow I was trying to make up for not doing the one thing God was always whispering in my ear, which was to slow down, eat healthily, drink plenty of water, exercise and get good rest. Instead, I was burning the candle at both ends.

I relate well to King David who many times finds himself in tight places and is overwhelmed. Many days I would feel the same way. It was a fight for me to just stay alive and get through a normal day.

The truth that David came away with is the same truth we need to grab hold of today. Psalm 118:10 TPT David says, “I was hemmed in and surrounded by those who don’t love God. But by Yahweh’s supernatural power I overcame them all.”

It’s the same thing Jesus tells us in John 16:33 NI. “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The fact that God’s strength leads us to overcome is the truth we need to hold on to.

Procrastination

I was a master procrastinator. To procrastinate means to put off doing something. As Christians, the biggest thing we tend to procrastinate about is whatever we feel God is telling us we should do at any given moment.

When I put off doing what God has clearly told me to do it has always been because I didn’t think I knew how to do what He was asking of me. I didn’t trust God. That was the missing piece to my puzzle.

All God wants us to realize we don’t do this in our own strength. We need His power to stop putting off what He wants us to do, no matter what that is. Procrastination really is a low-level fear that keeps us from doing anything at all because we are afraid we won’t do it perfectly. However, to do nothing is to fail. So we do what He says because we know that in Christ we can do all things!

Philippians 4:13 AMP: “I can do all things, which He has called me to do, through Him who strengthens and empowers me to fulfill His purpose. I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.”

When our core issue is procrastination and putting off things, the truth is we have the power of Christ to do all things!

Exhaustion

We’ve all been emotionally exhausted to the point where you feel you just can’t handle one more setback or one more issue in a friend or family member’s life.

Maybe it’s exhaustion because you are trying to be the one everyone relies on and you’ve found you just can’t keep up with that kind of load. However, now everyone is relying on you but you have nothing left to give. You’d like to help them but you just can’t because you are pouring from an empty cup.

When I get to that state where I just can’t go another step I need great scriptures to encourage me. When we are exhausted we really just need to curl up in God’s lap and rest.

Psalm 46:10 MSG says, “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” The same verse in TPT tells us to “Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth.”

Take a moment right now to do that. Step out of the traffic. Stop your thoughts from racing through your mind 1,000 miles an hour. Close your eyes and put every thought out of your mind except who God is to you. Focus on Him.

Now thank Him for encouraging you through His Word. Thank Him that any time you are exhausted, weak and discouraged, you can open His Word and find encouragement.

When your core issue is supreme exhaustion, the core truth is encouragement and it’s just a flip of the page away.

There is HOPE

Hope comes in different forms. When we hate, we can be humble which results in hope. When we are overwhelmed, we just have to remember that because of the strength of Christ in us, we can overcome. That should also give us hope.

When we are prone to procrastinate and put things off, we have the power of Christ within us to do all things. This is such a great fundamental hope! And when we are so exhausted we just can’t take another step, we can go to the words God left us in His book to give us encouragement or just sit with Him in silence and meditate on all of His benefits.

Hebrews 6:19 tells us, “We have a certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God Himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us.” What a promise!

For a more in-depth dive into this topic, visit episode 113 of Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast, Embrace Hope. Find it wherever podcasts are or go here: https://teresashieldsparker.com/podcast/.

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Her books include: "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor"; "Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds"; "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy"; "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help": "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation"; and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, more information on both is available under the weight loss tab. Don't miss her weekly podcast, Sweet Grace for Your Journey, where she shares tips from her personal journey of losing weight and discovering healthy living. Find that under the podcast tab and anywhere you find podcasts.