Don’t Go by Your Feelings
God gave you feelings, and you should never be ashamed of them. They can alert you to danger and give you insight into various situations. God actually uses our feelings to draw us closer to Him and highlight areas in our lives that need to be submitted to His Holy Spirit. But feelings are subjective; you can’t always trust them.
One counselor says: ‘When old feelings creep back in we feel fearful, ashamed, hopeless, not good enough, unlovable, victimized, helpless, and resentful…An event can trigger these reactions…ending a relationship, stress, problems at work and at home, times of change or illness…and sometimes these feelings return for no reason.’ So you must ‘test your feelings’, otherwise you’ll end up living ‘…a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God’ (Colossians 3:5 TM).
It can be disastrous to act on what you see, hear, and feel. Instead of reacting to feelings, you must learn to act on what God’s Word says. That’s the gold standard, and it never changes! For instance, even if you feel like you can walk on water, you can only do it if God has called you to step out of the boat. Paul says, ‘…my prayer [is] that [you]…abound…in knowledge and…insight…that you may be able to discern what is best…’ (Philippians 1:9-10 NIV).
Bottom line: you’re not defined by your feelings; you’re defined by what God says about you. You may feel worthless, but God says, ‘…You are precious to Me …I love you’ (Isaiah 43:4 NLT). You may feel like a failure, but God says, ‘There is…no condemnation for those…in Christ’ (Romans 8:1 NIV).
‘…use your head and test your feelings…’ Philippians 1:10 TM
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us & gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering & sacrifice to God. At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord! Walk as children of light! for the fruit of light is found in all that is good & right & true, & try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord! Awake, o sleeper, & arise from the dead, & Christ will shine on you! Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time! Be filled with the spirit, addressing one another in Psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, singing & making melody to the Lord with your heart!
You are light in the Lord! Walk as children of light! Make the best use of your remaining time! Sing & make music to the Lord with your heart! Awake today! Never delay!