Emotions

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalm 42:5 NIV

We are so indoctrinated to follow our hearts that if something doesn't feel right we assume it must not be. Truth be told, emotions are "dumb" things, they are only as accurate as the information they are being fed. Without a doubt contrary feelings are the primary obstacle to overcome in our relationship with God. This being said, feelings are also an invaluable indicator of what we most naturally believe about him.

Redemption requires a fundamental shift in the way we view God and ourselves. This shift is initially challenged by feelings because they are typically still operating on outdated intelligence. The beautiful thing is that when feelings do begin aligning themselves with the truth we have chosen to believe, they prove a tremendous blessing.

Typically humans are nearly exclusively driven by feelings. In fact most people are unaware that they truly have free will, they instead believe they are simply victims of circumstance. Passion is powerful but it is no match for determination. Nothing, however, can withstand the combination of the two. In our pursuit of God inevitably what we have chosen to believe about God and what we feel about him begin to match.

When the enemy of our souls loses the ability to drive us through the manipulation of our emotions he has truly lost an epic battle. The triumph of the will over the emotions begins when we choose to praise God even when we feel discouraged, frustrated, or even down right angry. When we learn that we can praise God even in the face of nearly debilitating emotional pain it is a massive victory.

The capacity of our will to believe something even amidst contrary circumstances and emotions is the essence of Faith. Discovering God requires us to walk by faith, not by sight, and not by feelings.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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