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I am Declaring WAR ~ Lessons from the Funk

As I mentioned the other day, I was in a bit of a funk. This particular funk came about in a period of convergence. I am not talking about some astrological event. I am talking about a much more terrestrial phenomenon. Though it has some similarities as I think about it.

Over the course of the last few months, I have said yes to a few people, while not pruning my existing schedule. All those ‘yeses’ seemed to converge on my calendar, aligning a number of schedule orbits.

When these orbits align themselves like this there is a pretty natural consequence. Pressure builds.

There is a sin that “easily besets me” as the scripture says, a temptation that tiptoes up and knocks on my door from time to time, that I normally can withstand pretty well, but in times of these schedule convergences, my resistance lowers and I buy in to my old friend enemy self-pity.

Now my problem here is that I don’t always see it as the ferocious enemy that it is. It presents itself as a cuddly kitten that clearly needs to be entertained and embraced. It feels like an old friend.

The tricky part about self-pity is that often times the ones who love you allow self-pity, unlike other, less ‘godly’ sins. My wife would never suggest I head down to the strip joint to let off some steam. My brother elders would not tell me to get drunk and forget my problems. But in my clever presentation of self-pity, I can elicit others to fuel my own self-destructive behavior.

The real point I want to make today is that there are sins in our lives, (clearly self-pity is one for me) that we don’t recognize as deadly, and so we allow them to slip into place, and begin their destruction of all that we have built. Once in, they set up house keeping. Paul calls it a stronghold.

We must identify these as sin and begin to hate them. We must go to war with them.

Sin – any sin – leads to death at some level. [Tweet This]

Remember James’ progression?

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. - James 1:14-15

  • Temptation of our own lust
  • Sin is born
  • Death is harvested

These ‘little’ enemies must be destroyed or they will eat our lunches. (and hey – I like lunch)

My self-pity and your _______________  is killing us.

This means WAR!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

Let’s mix it up today.

Ben

11 thoughts on “I am Declaring WAR ~ Lessons from the Funk

  1. Pure Glory

    Self pity is related to pride, I know because I have entertained it myself. The focus is self and no one else. It's so destructive. It's a new day so I am worshipping God!

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  2. Lisa

    Refreshing to hear we ALL struggle, sin is sin.....how awesome the gift of forgiveness is extended over and over....we are so weak without him...thank you for this reminder that I can be a conquerer if I truly look inside..in the mirror...and remind myself it's time to submit all things to him...not only "big" sins we know are sin but those "little" sins..as we justify them in our heads...oh...the lord has so much work to do in me..he is so loving..merciful..and patient. praise his holy name.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - i am right there with you Lisa. I am so thankful that He does not let me stew in my sin, but brings it before me and shows me the way out. Lord - let it be so until you call me home

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  3. Lisa

    Yes Ben..he shows us and it's an ongoing process of renewing our minds...resisting temptations...dying to self..walking in obedience...can be very difficult at times but the wonderful reminder...our God reigns...and he has prepared a glorious eternal life for his children where one days these struggles of the flesh will cease..I can only imagine!

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  4. Heidi Viars

    Hey ... just this morning I declared a war on the funk myself. Beside the Word, I also took out some praise songs ... Here is one that had me clapping before I knew it 🙂 maybe it will do the same for you, brother ... http://youtu.be/sbdJXKqVgtg ... I was at my cleaning job and was at first a little crabby ... but pretty soon my broom was doing a jiggy 🙂 (The whole album is amazing ... and you can't help but get a smile on your face!)

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    1. Ben Nelson

      That is so awesome - I will check out the music when i can. That is exactly where i went - praising His glorious name and getting my eyes off me and on Him.
      Bless you Heidi

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