What is Self Pity?
Self pity is an attitude of sympathizing with your own situation. Self pity makes you grumble and complain about your circumstances. People that self pity themselves always blame others on the troubles they face. If you try to confront them, they may reasoned that they are really pitiful. Complaining about your problem shows that you lack of faith and you don’t trust in God. Christians should do everything without any grumbling or murmuring (Philippians 2:14). No matter how difficult your job is, you should not grumble and self pity yourself (1 Peter 4:9). Everything we do is for God so we should do our jobs cheerfully since we are actually serving God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17). Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so you should use all your body members to serve God and give glory to his name (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
The Christian life is not without problem. Jesus said in this life, we will face troubles, but take heart, he has already conquered the world so that we can be conqueror in all kinds of problems (John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:37; Revelation 3:21). We should treat every problem in our life as a challenge of faith from God. Some Christians want to give up on life because of the problems they face. They complained if God love them, then why they are facing all these problems. Sometimes, God put problem in your life to lead you back to him.
There is no one in this world that has no problem. If there is no problem in your life, you would no think of seeking God. Because problems exist in our life, we learn how to trust in God to get through our problems. In whatever problem you face, you should discuss it with God and offer prayer continually until your problem is solved. It is a sin not to discuss your problem with God and relying on the worldly method or yourself to solve it. God is the source of all things so we should always turn to him with our problem. Jesus said all who are weary and burdened should come to him and he will give them rest (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 37:5-6; Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 62:8).
Looking to Optimism and Trust in God in Your Problem
When you have problem, you should hold on to God’s promises in the bible. God’s promises are real because God does not tell lie. In Numbers 23:19, God never tell lies, like a human does. He is faithful and always do what he says so we can always trust in him.
It may take a long period before God fulfill his promise but we must not grow impatient because everything must happen at the right time according to his plan (Habakkuk 2:3; 2 Peter 3:9; Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 8:17). If you expect God to see you through your problem, you should not grumble, complain, say or think negatively about your situation. You should always declare positively that God will help you to turnaround your situation.
You should always be cheerful and smile instead of feeling gloomy over it. Your emotions can affect your facial expressions. If you are happy and cheerful, you will always smile. If you are feeling depressed and gloomy, your face will look sad and people can instantly perceive that you are facing a problem. If your face show sadness, you are opening a doorway for Satan to come into your life. The devil will be glorified when he sees you feeling sad because he had already reached his purpose. The devil come to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Rebuke the Devil
The devil wants to oppress us with problems, in hoping that we will turn away from God and end up in hell. The devil’s purpose is to turn us away from God. The devil is a deceiver (John 8:44). The devil can use truth or lies to deceive us into turning away from God. The devil is always roaming around the earth, looking for vulnerable people to attack so that he can bring more people to hell (1 Peter 5:8; Job 1:7). We must recognize Satan’s scheme and bind him in Jesus name. We must not give the devil any chance and rebuke him all the time. If you don’t rebuke him, you are giving permission for him to interfere with your life.
We must rebuke the devil and evil spirits in Jesus name (Acts 16:16-18). In Matthew 18:18, Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. In John 4:4, ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
There are many ways we can rebuke the devil in Jesus name. For example, ‘In Jesus name, I bind you evil spirit!’, ‘In Jesus name, I rebuke you evil spirit!’, ‘In Jesus name, I kill you evil spirit!’, ‘In Jesus name, I destroy you evil spirit!’, ‘In Jesus name, I decapitate you evil spirit!’ and etc. You can curse the evil spirit in any way you want by using words such as punch, kick, torment, bruise and wound and etc. When you rebuke the evil spirit, you must have faith. We are the children of God so we have authority to the devil. There is no need to be afraid of the devil.
The devil is like a cockroach. You may get frightened if a cockroach climb over your feet but the cockroach is even more afraid of you and will try to scurry away. If you are timid and not exercising your authority properly, the devil will not be afraid of you and he can attack you. If you are a strong Christian, the devil know and he won’t attack you.