How often do we live by feelings/emotions instead of living by faith?
Putting things off again and again till they reach crisis proportion can end up being a lot more stressful than just taking care of it right away. And, if a person procrastinates on important things they should be doing too often, the avalanche of consequences can be so overwhelming that it takes much effort and help from the outside to dig back out to the surface.
Sometimes we just have to do the thing we know to be the right thing, even when we don’t feel like it.
What kinds of things do we put off because we dread it or just don’t feel like doing it?
- bill pay,
- filling out forms,
- signing up for classes,
- applying for jobs,
- redoing your resume,
- starting supper on time when you really just want to follow your dream,
- cleaning that problem spot in the corner or the basement,
- doing housework,
- seeking God’s help to overcome emotional trauma…
I wonder how many people have made decisions based on feelings that have kept them in serious bondage or even wrecked their lives.
I wonder how many of us have married because of feelings and divorced for the same reason.
How many have faced financial ruin because of making financial decisions based on feelings?
How many have fallen to substance abuse because they live for their feelings instead of by faith in God’s truth about them?
How many are living way below the poverty level because they don’t feel like getting a job or because they are afraid of the process that is involved in getting a job or they are afraid to move out into a new area of training or expertise?
I remember reading some literature by Bill Bright when I was just a youth. One of the lessons he taught about was this faith vs. feeling issue.
I learned then and have come to totally agree with his illustration, namely, that
Fact (God’s Word) is to be the engine of the train,
Faith is the fuel car, and
Feelings are the caboose.
In other words, we are to learn and believe what God commands and go out in faith that that is exactly what we are supposed to be doing whether we feel like it or not. It has been my experience that when I followed this model, the feelings eventually do follow along behind, sometimes at the end of a verrry long train and sometimes behind a shorter one, but they do follow along behind at some point.
Fact (God’s Word) is to be the engine of the train, faith is the fuel car, and feelings are the caboose. (Bill Bright)
Which feelings are keeping you from doing what you should?
- Fear of rejection?
- Fear of inadequacy?
- Fear of failure?
- Fear of success?
- The perceived inability to forgive?
- Feelings of worthlessness or of failure and guilt?
- Feelings of shame?
What does God say about you? You don’t know?
Search the Scripture and find out. I’ve written about some of this in previous blog posts:
Once you do know what God says about you and your situation, it is time to move forward in faith.
Faith is the victory that overcomes all the obstacles, including our feelings that weigh us down and hold us in what amounts to (for those who are saved by the blood of Jesus) voluntary bondage, a bondage from which Christ came to set us free, and we have but to let Him do it.
“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”“[ Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (NIV)
Building one’s life on a foundation of feelings is like building a skyscraper on shifting sand. It’s only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down. Luke 6:49
But building one’s life on a foundation of faith in God’s Word is like building on solid rock. The winds of change may blow and the torrents of opposition may flow, but that life is not destroyed or moved from its place. Luke 6:48
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