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That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
(Rom. 9:2)
There are many things in this life that are designed to burden your heart, affect your emotions, and even depress you. Living in these last days is like living in a pressure cooker.

People everywhere, even Christians, seem to be looking for a place to let off steam. Even if you do everything right, you still can live under stress and constant fear (e.g., fear of failure, crime, abuse, poverty, and rejection).

Humans have emotions. Even Jesus showed His emotional side once in a while. Even Jesus at times felt burdened and heavy in heart and mind. Even Jesus had to deal with the pressures of life - its troubles and its enemies.
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
(2 Thess. 2:2)
Be not shaken. This is a command it seems, not just a suggestion. There must be a Bible way to stay free from the damaging effect of even today's pressures.

In the scripture above, the Holy Spirit reveals to us that we can be shaken in mind and troubled by three different causes. We can be shaken by spirits, by words, and by written communications.

We must protect our hearts from evil spirits as well as humans who have seducing spirits. Other humans can get you down just by being around them. I'm not suggesting you isolate yourself or hibernate. I am, however, advising you to be choosy who your friends are and whom you allow in your life.

Humans are carriers. They can carry diseases, sicknesses, strife, doubt, unbelief, fear, worry, and many other things that can affect your soul. These elements protruding from and being emitted from other humans can have a very severe, negative effect on you and can even change you to the worse. Of course humans can be carriers of good, wholesome things as well.

There are also evil, deceiving, and seducing spirits. They don't always use human vessels to deal with you. They can infiltrate your life through thoughts and influences and strange means of communications.

You could be brought to a low degree by a letter or by what you read and look at. Reading and watching are two of Satan's most powerful ways to infiltrate your life to do harm. Watch carefully what you read, and use great discretion in what you see on TV and at the movies.

Many people awaken in the morning with troubled minds and feelings. I believe a lot of this has to do with what they watched or read before they went to sleep. Your mind doesn't always rest while your body is.

You may expect to rest your body and feel strong in the morning or after a nap, but if your mind harassed you during your sleep, you will not be strong. There is too great a contact and relation between your mind and the rest of your being.

Surely by now with all the teaching we've had, we know how to monitor whom and what we listen to. Conversation can be the cannon shot by Satan that does you in (if not totally, then at least messing with your well-being).

Many people who are doing well can be poisoned and bombed by the conversation of another. One must be discerning because it isn't always the way it's said but what is said. At times it's just the opposite - it isn't what is said but the way it's implied.

Even Jesus had to deal with things. He groaned inside of Himself and He wept, and even His soul was troubled at times. If Jesus had to deal with a troubled soul, you need to find out how He dealt with it because you are no super human.
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he GROANED in the spirit, and was troubled....
(John 11:33)

NOW IS MY SOUL TROUBLED; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
(John 12:27)
Notice that the scripture following warns us of things that can overcharge or overwhelm your heart. I might point out that most of us have beaten such things as drunkenness and surfeiting, but all of us must deal with the affairs of this life.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
(Luke 21:34)

And he said unto them, "Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?"
(Luke 24:38)
This is why I preach so much on right living. I see a direct connection between wrong living and one's attitude and emotional state. It's like a car pulling another car with a tow hitch. The car behind is forced to follow the one with the power. Don't allow yourself to get to this place. Be encouraged by the Word of God, which says:
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
(Heb. 12:3)

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
(2 Cor. 4:16)

Copyright © The Sin of Lawlessness by Mark T. Barclay
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Author Biography

Mark T. Barclay
Web site: Mark T. Barclay Ministries
Mark T. Barclay is known as a Preacher of Righteousness. He is a proven, precise leader among ministers worldwide. God has anointed him with a severely accurate prophetic ministry.

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