FEELINGS VERSUS TRUTH (NOVEMBER 6, 2016)
Humanity tends to be led by feelings. Even believers often fall into the trap of interpreting scripture based upon their feelings. Children understandably believe according to their feelings, but adults are understandably expected to have more maturity.
Our feelings do not affect our covenant with God or affect our salvation. Feelings are transient and subject to change; therefore, our relationship with the Lord should not be based on these. We should not struggle with not always "feeling" God's presence. We just trust that He is always there because His Word promises us this. His love is eternal and infinite.
If we allowed our feelings to rule us, then we would probably spend our lives sitting on the couch and eating junk food. Live less by feelings and more by the spirit. Emotions are part of the flesh. Learn to discern between what you sense with your emotions and what you sense in your spirit.
Perform your works not by a sense of obligation, tradition, or man's doctrine. Perform your works out of love for God and love for your neighbor. You should not show affection toward your spouse simply because you are expected to or you do not want your spouse to leave you. You show affection because you genuinely love your spouse. Valentines Day, for example, has become a tradition and an obligation more than a day truly celebrating love. Why participate? Simply demonstrate your love on a daily basis.
Consider this scenario. You are morbidly obese, diabetic, losing your eyesight, lethargic, and reliant upon medication. You have an unhealthy lifestyle, heart disease, painful joints, broken posture, and migraines. These things are preventable.
Changing habits, such as diet and exercise, will affect your body and even your cravings over time. Your feelings will change. Instead of wanting to sit around and eat junk food all the time, you will begin to crave healthier food and more exercise. Now apply this to your spiritual walk.
Do not be afraid to aspire to greater things. Do not be intimidated. If you want to be a bodybuilder, then you look to Mr. Olympia as your role model. Likewise, look to Jesus to be more like Him.
Do not limit yourself (or God) by setting your sights low. Do not be chained by your past or let it hold you back. Aim high. Do not get discouraged. Be motivated. Do not be afraid to dream big.
When you are afraid to hope just because you might be disappointed, this is a coward's way of living. Be brave enough to risk failure or disappointment. You can handle it. When your dreams get shattered, rebuild them or build new ones. Do not just settle or wallow in self-pity. God made you better than that, so be better than that.