God is greater than our heart (emotions and thoughts),
he knows everything. 1 John 3:20
It’s been two weeks since I’ve written a post. It’s not for lack of trying as I sat down at the computer many times, but the words just wouldn’t come. It’s not for lack of ideas. If anything, there are too many ideas floating around in my mind and I can’t seem to hear God whispering to my heart where I need to focus. And now I am feeling inadequate and a failure and the enemy is whispering in my ear “Who do you think you are to write words of encouragement to women?”
Have you been there? God may not have called you to write but He has called you and given you a ministry and there may be times you feel inadequate or even a failure – as a wife, a mother, an employee, a student, or even as a Christian. Maybe you are single and your feelings accuse you of being unlovable; maybe you are divorced and your feelings burden you with guilt about a broken relationship. Whatever your circumstances, your feelings have labeled you as failure.
Our feelings will control us if we allow them to do so. There are times when we feel so happy that we think we will never be sad again. At other times we feel so sad that we think we will never be happy again…and still other times we feel almost nothing at all. We treat our feelings as truth.
Our culture has conditioned us to place a very high value on our own desires and emotions. In fact we are encouraged to base both our major life decisions and our daily lifestyle choices upon how we feel.
God gives us very different directions when it comes to our heart and emotions: “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26a) and “the heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9a) When we allow our emotions and whims to lead us we become slaves to our feelings rather than the leadership of the Holy Spirit with a resulting attitude of selfishness instead of surrender.
Feelings aren’t bad in and of themselves. Jesus experienced feelings. Scripture tells us that in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was “distressed”, “deeply grieved”, “troubled” and “in agony”. Jesus expressed how he felt, but in the midst of his feelings he trusted the Father.
We don’t have to live our lives dependent on how we feel because God’s Word is the final authority in our lives. As daughters of the King, our feelings must submit to the Word of God and what he says about our situation. God’s truth is unchanging, and He cannot lie. (See Titus 1:2) We do not have to live our lives riding an emotional roller coaster.
We have a choice to make.
- Will we choose to believe the Word of God instead of our feelings no matter what is going on around us in the natural world? Choosing to believe God’s Word, regardless of the circumstances, requires an act of the will (faith).
- What will be the final authority in our lives – our feelings or God’s Word? Our tendency is to ask ourselves, “How do I feel about this?’ instead of “What does God say about this?’
Once we have settled in our hearts that God’s Word is truth and have surrendered our lives to its authority, we must make a commitment to know and love the Word of God. We can only obey and apply that which we know. We must…
- Spend purposeful time in God’s Word daily and meditate upon it.
- Learn how to explore Scripture through inductive Bible study so that we are not dependent on others to explain it but can discover the truth for ourselves.
- Memorize some key verses.
Remember, no matter what your feelings or circumstances there is always an answer that can be found in the Word of God and God is faithful to His Word.
Truth to Claim: Feelings are fickle but God’s Word is true and can always be trusted.
Application: Measure your feelings against the truth of God’s Word which is unchanging.
Solo Deo Gloria