Feelings, Faith and the Mind – How to Live Beyond the Emotional Roller Coaster
God invented feelings. He gave them to you to enhance your life; not to dominate it. Have you ever felt sky-high one moment and crashed down to earth the next? Listening to your feelings about your self-worth is a mistake. They are not the arbiter of truth. Your feelings cannot tell you who you are in Christ; only your will can do this.
One of the seven manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control. You have the ability, in Christ, to tell your feelings to be quiet. “I feel depressed. I feel God is angry at me. I feel stupid for praying out loud at church. I feel like a mistake. I feel worthless.”
Tell your feelings who is in charge. “Be quiet fickle feelings. I am in charge of this body and mind, and I give it all to Jesus. I am blessed. God loves me and forgives my mistakes. I will stand and declare God’s truth in prayer and will not be ashamed. I am God’s creation, chosen from before the foundation of the world. My value is equal to the price He paid for me at Calvary.”
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed– John 8:36
Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed. You can be free from the power of feelings. Yes, you should enjoy your feelings, to laugh and grieve when needs must. But we no longer need to be dominated by them.
God is the arbiter of truth and the Great Judge has ruled in your favour. That’s what being saved means. You’ve repented of your sins, accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and confessed Him. Now you are His and He’s ready to fight your battles. But He needs your help. He has no hands on earth to fight your battles, other than yours.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope– Jeremiah 29:11
God is thinking thoughts towards you of peace, to give you a future and a hope. Start thinking about that. The nagging doubts have consumed you for too long. They have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. You sided with Satan in your thoughts and he took control. Now serve Satan with an eviction notice. “I expel you in Jesus’ name. I reject you and your lies. I will not lose heart and I will declare the goodness of God in the land of the living.”
By Paul Backholer. Find out about Paul’s books here.