Tuesday, February 9, 2016

When You Feel Down and Out

Lately, I have been going through a time of feeling down and out. It frustrates me, but I know it is perfectly normal. I know God is working in my heart but sometimes that just doesn't help. I find myself fighting the fact that I need to go to God's word and rest in Him.

This is going to be a two part series. Part one's verses is from James 4, which is one of my favorite chapters I go to, that helps me to relate to God when distractions or sins make me feel down and out.

James 4:7-10 says

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."

I always go to these verses because of verse eight. It is the promise God has given to me in times like these when I feel distant from Him but know that He is still working in me. But sometimes I think I forget that there are other things I need to remember when I approach God.

Looking at these verses there are things we need to think about and ask ourselves when we feel down and out and longing be near to God in His word.

~ How is your heart? ~

The second half of verse eight and verse nine answers that. Do you have any sin in your heart or mind? When we feel distant from God and draw near God in prayer and to read His word, we need to confess any sins or distractions in our lives. We need to be sorrowful about them and turn our hearts away from them. I like how the NLT version states verse nine

   "Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy."

The things that we do that is not honoring to God should bring sorrow and deep grief. In order to read God's word and be satisfied in Him, there can't not be anything preventing us.

~ Are you humble? ~ 

To submit yourself to God is to humble yourself. When we submit ourselves to God, we are humbly saying yes to Him and that we need His help. In times of feeling distant from God, we might be relying on our own strength to pull ourselves up again. But we can't. We need to acknowledge that self reliance is being prideful and that we need to humbly approach God and realize our need for Him. We are voluntary letting go and submitting to His will.

~ Are you giving into the devil? ~  

 There are also many times when we feel down and out that we are giving leeway to the devil. We are not resisting him. We kinda unintentionally play around with him. When we are not wholeheartedly seeking after God, it makes us weak and vulnerable to the devil or even to the things of this world. Sometimes when I am not giving God my all, I allow things like Facebook or even videos on YouTube waste my time instead of resisting them and resting in God.

It is important to reevaluate our lives when we feel down and out and distant from God. He has never left us. It is us who have distant ourselves from Him. I am just so thankful that we have a God that just continues to draw us near to Him even when we feel this way.


  1. I am so thankful that He draws near. What a gift! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing the verses from James. I just used these recently myself in a post because it is so important for us to draw near to Him. I understand how it feels when we feel distant from God and just not quite ourselves. But you speak truth when you remind us that we are the problem because we are not drawing near as we should. Blessings!

    1. Thanks for commenting. I too normally just focus on the draw near to God and He will draw you near to Him as a promise. This time though those others caught my eye. Approaching God is something we need to take serious. I know I struggle with that. :)

  3. So true, Kristina, so very true. This especially: "We need to acknowledge that self reliance is being prideful and that we need to humbly approach God and realize our need for Him." I bowed in that acknowledgement this weekend and was so thankful for His grace meeting me. Facebook can be a terrible distraction...I once took more than a year's break from it, feeling nudged to do so. In fasting from social media these past 10 days, I've also realized I need to do this more often, to stop me from getting "hooked" and distracted.

  4. We all struggle with feeling distant from God sometimes. I love that verse...Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. He is so faithful. Thanks for sharing it at Faith Filled Friday.


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