Aaron Jeffries | @churchhusher
Happy New Year! First I want to thank you readers for growing with me over the last year. I’m really thankful for getting to know the handful of you that have connected with me. Thank you so much for sharing my articles as well. Lets just jump in shall we?
I’m a pretty upbeat guy. I like to roll with the punches and just be happy. But another side of me, seems to feed off negativity, I can be happy all day long but the moment someone is negative in front me; it becomes like an addiction for me and I have to get more of it.
I am reminded of the words of Paul here in Romans:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Romans 7:15-25 ESV
I can be doing great. Reading my bible daily, being a good husband and father, loving God and loving people. But then suddenly like a huge boulder falling off a mountain, I am struck with negativity. The enemy, Lucifer if you will ;), comes at me with many fiery darts just screaming horrible thoughts against people that love me. But you know what? None of those things matter, it’s not about what I’m doing that makes the enemy come at me like a roaring lion.
It's all about who I am to the creator of the universe. I am a child of the most a high God. Scripture is pretty clear about the men of God who battled depression, struggles with lust, struggle with fear of man, or even hatred toward our fellow brethren. I am not alone in this and neither are you.
If you struggle with this, understand that God is for you. If you have surrendered your life to Christ abide in Him. Yes the devil will come after you, yes even you will become your own worse in enemy. But I am here to tell you right now in the name of Jesus Christ that He will perfect the work which He began in you.
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @churchhusher.