by Pastor Tim Burt
Funk – It’s defined in the dictionary as: a slump, a state of paralyzing fear, a depressed state of mind. Have you ever been in a funk? I run into people too often that seem like they are in a funk. There are times when I feel a “funk” trying to come on me. Before Jesus, I just thought a funk was something you had no control over and settled upon you when life got discouraging. That may happen to people but it shouldn't happen to Christians. If we know who we are in Christ and just how much God loves us and desires to help us, we'd chase the funk away the same way we’d chase a bee out of the inside or our car – with great determination!
Repeated disappointments, frustration, confusion, not knowing what to do, and more can lead to feeling like you are in a funk. As a Christian what should you do about it?
First realize that you aren't stuck in a funk. It's just trying to come upon you. Second, know and believe that the love of God is so great within you and His willingness to help you is so real and available, that you can defeat the funk and instead have great expectation for God to prevail in your life!
Now let me give you some funk destroying scriptures verse by verse to provide insight and backing to support this.
Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. This means there is an option to the funk! It’s called coming before the Lord with boldness and confidence! It’s the funk breaker!
Eph 3:13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. Paul is basically saying, “Don’t get in a funk because of what you see me going through – I am not in one. I have confidence that it's all going to work out to glorify God.”
Eph 3:14 (Paul still speaking says) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The way Paul is going to handle this is through prayer.
Eph 3:15-16 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. Paul is saying that you belong to the family of God and that God will grant YOU great strength by the working of His Holy Spirit within you – in your inner man! That is where the funk tries to live. So it’s going to be the contest between the inner man that God will strengthen and the funk. Who do you think should win?
Eph 3:17-19 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. These verses reveal that Christ dwells in your heart, BUT it’s through your personal faith – your belief in what He says to you through His Word. He goes on to say that He wants you to know how great God’s love is for you. It’s when you confidently know the greatness of God’s love toward you that you become filled up with the fullness of God.
And we find the grand finale in Eph 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. We learn that because of God’s great love, He is able to and will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, BUT, it’s according to the power that works in us. The power that works in us is by faith in what God promises us.
So what are you going to do? Sit in your funk or believe that Jesus loves you and desires to help you? Are you going to remain discouraged and confused or are you going to believe that He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us?
Funk is a choice. Squash it by meditating on God in you and knowing that you have the very power of God at work in you!
In His Love, Pastor Tim Burt
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