Have you ever woke up and you felt sad, angry, or depressed for no apparent reason? It’s like anything or anyone can set you off at any given time. Well, those negative emotions are spirits and we have a choice to make. We can either accept those emotions and use the excuse of “I can’t help how I feel,” or intentionally resist those emotions. It’s up to us.

Those negative emotions are designed to remove the quality of life God desires for His people. How can we say we have an abundant life if we’re sad, angry, or depressed? Those negative emotions also have the ability to taint the life of someone else. How can we have a joyful relationship with someone if one minor thing sets us off? We can’t.

We must be intentional in resisting those negative emotions. Using our God-given authority through our speech and our understanding of the fruit of the spirit, we must declare what types of emotions we desire to have.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit the result of His presence within us is love unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

When we’re feeling down, we will tell ourselves to receive joy. When we’re angry, we’ll confess we have peace. It’s easy to give in to our flesh and display negative emotions, but like everything else with God, we must resist the flesh and walk in the Spirit.