by Connie Kee
by Carole King
“When you’re down and troubled
And you need a helping hand,
And nothing, oh nothing is going right,
Close your eyes and think of me,
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby,
To see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call,
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.”
Do you recognize this song? Maybe it was before your time, but I’m guessing you connect on some level with the theme – trouble, dark nights, and being down. I know that I connect for sure as I’ve experienced those dark seasons when trouble seems to come in like a flood, and darkness and loneliness seem to overshadow everything. Time seems to be endless, as if it’s standing still. You begin to wonder if this is a forever condition or if the dawn will truly break and light will once again flood your heart and mind.
Often these seasons bring a type of darkness that seems to be unshakeable. Our thoughts and feelings head “down the tubes” so to speak, and we feel all alone and maybe even unloved. We begin to have “ungodly” beliefs and thoughts about ourselves, others, and life in general. You might even ask, “God, where are you?” The reality is that our thoughts and feelings are not always our friend, but they definitely are a sign or symptom that something is up and that we may be on the wrong track!
What are “ungodly” beliefs? They are beliefs that do not line up with the Word of God, and they steal our joy, hope, and the abundant life that Jesus has promised for us. Bottom line – ungodly beliefs are lies that cause a negative, downward shift in our thinking, distorting our perceptions and our view of, actually, everything. You think that these beliefs are coming from you, but the truth is that they are designed, created and sent as messengers from the enemy of God. These are fiery darts spoken of in Ephesians 6:16. They are part of a specific strategy with a very specific target in mind and the bull’s eye in the middle of that target is YOU and its ME! Their purpose is to deceive and destroy God’s children to keep us from living in our true identity and in the fullness of all that God has for us. Make no mistake, this is a specific, well thought out strategy; however, God provides a way of defeat for these ungodly beliefs! We do not have to live life believing lies, even in troubled and dark seasons.
We can choose to live believing what God says about us – godly beliefs – which lead to a life of victory and overcoming seasons of trouble. There is only one way to do this, and that is to know what God says in His Word and to think about those things (Philippians 4:8). Through renewing our minds by the Word of God, His truth changes our belief about ourselves and we begin to think like God thinks. Strongholds of ungodly beliefs and ungodly thinking are broken and we begin to walk in truth and victory.
For many years I allowed ungodly beliefs about myself to dominate my thinking, and often I lived in defeat and depression. But God always shows us the way out if we will call upon Him – call out His name. He will lift us up even when we think that we can’t go on and then comes the victory through Jesus Christ. So call upon Him – I did and He came! He shined His light and brought great victory for me, and He will do this for you as well.
Truly, we are never alone and never without hope. Jesus Christ is with us always and “will never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13: 5, 6). He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So the ungodly belief that “I am all alone and no one loves me” is exchanged for the godly belief that “I am never alone because Jesus is always with me; He is my friend; and He is closer to me than a brother.” You see, even during dark and troubled seasons, all we have to do is call out His name and He comes running to help us. Truly, He is right here by our side, walking with us closer than a brother. Indeed, we do have a friend in Jesus.