Feelings are Not Facts
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Living by faith and not lead by emotions.
What Does the Bible say about emotions?
What does the Bible say about our feelings and emotions? Our feelings, are they valid? Living by faith and not allowing our emotions to lead us can be complicated to tackle.
Our feelings can change at the drop of a hat, tune of a song or embrace of a friend. Can we trust our own feelings, allowing them to guide our decisions, if they are so quickly changing?
Are they something to rule our lives? Are they something that should guide our decisions?
Scripture On Managing Our Emotions
Why did God give us our emotions?
In Proverbs 28:26 it tells us if we trust in our hearts we are fools. Proverbs 12:15 says the way of the fool is right in his own eyes.
God gave us our feelings and emotions. Living by faith doesn’t mean we ignore them. They are not evil by themselves, but what we allow our thoughts to dwell on may be negative and causing an unhealthy overload of negative emotions.
Our feelings can be, at times, scary, confusing and even dangerous to our health. Strong, evil emotions may lead to adultery, abusive behaviors, stealing and other evils.
At other times they may be full of love, happiness, joy and peace.
Sharing our feelings with others is helpful in managing emotions. The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. God has given us the gift of other believers who can share our burdens and whose burdens we share (Romans 12; Galatians 6:1–10; 2 Corinthians 1:3–5; Hebrews 3:13). Fellow believers can also remind us of God’s truth and offer new perspective. When we are feeling discouraged or afraid, we can benefit from the encouragement, exhortation, and reassurance other believers provide. Often, when we encourage others, we ourselves are encouraged. Likewise, when we are joyful, our joy usually increases when we share it. – Got Questions
Can a Person Control Their Emotions
I don’t believe God intended for our feelings to guide us. He wants that job. God wants to be our guide. Our feelings should not be what drives our decisions, but more of an indicator of whats going on inside us. We must put our trust in what God says and check our feelings at the door with the Word of God.
Living by faith means allowing God to be our guide and not our emotions.
We live in a world where you can do whatever “feels right” to you as long as you are not hurting anyone else. I think it’s important to set aside our feelings, search the scriptures and seek the voice of God in our decision making.
Not allowing our decisions to be the drive behind us, but the pursuit of Christ and His truth be what we base our decision making against.
Your Emotions are a Gauge, Not a Guide
It will be for our best interest if we learn how to handle our feelings. Responding well. Let’s try to remember Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 when dealing with my feelings and thought process.
Philippians 4: KJV “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Sometimes I can’t help the way I feel, but I can help how I react to those feelings. I can submit them to God and His will for my life. Choosing to respond in a way that is based off God’s truth for my life and the situation. By doing that I’m honoring God. Intentionally putting faith over my feelings.
There is a bible verse or bible story for what you are feeling or going through. Search the scriptures, renew your mind by reading God’s word and choose to let what God’s word says to guide you.
Living By Faith Not Feelings
Our thoughts are what triggers our feelings. Our feelings are very real, but can be based or triggered by a negative, overthinking, thought process instead the truth.
When we find ourselves going through a hard time and the walls are closing in with no light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety. Fear. Grief. Anger. All those emotions can be overwhelming. Crashing in on us. Those are the moments when God reminds us to not be afraid, focus on His truth and rest in Him.
How do you recover from a life marked by Fear? Overwhelmed by emotions? Prayer and God’s Word. Together it’s like a dynamite, destroying the strongholds the enemy hangs heavy on our necks.
Living By Faith
Jesus, God in the flesh, experienced a wide range of emotions during his 33 years on this earth. Scripture tells us what He felt and experienced, specifically, during his three-year public ministry. And while we might tend to think that being unemotional means being more spiritual or Spirit-controlled, Scripture clearly shows that Jesus exercised a healthy amount of emotion and self-control. –Crosswalk
We know that He is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18). We can cast all our anxieties on Him because we are assured that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Standing in the Truth of God as broken and emotional people, remembering that God made our emotions and gives us a time to mourn and laugh. Recognizing them and submitting them one by one to Christ is the moving forward in a way that honors God.
Living by Faith and truly believing what the Bible says is what will transform our thought process and therefore help to keep our feelings in check and standing firm in our faith.
Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you will receive your “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4). And when it comes you will understand why your faith was more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7). This is where Peter wants your hope to fully rest. – Desiring God
“Even difficult emotions reflect reality and can move us to a better place. Feelings mirror the pain and suffering in our lives. Imagine losing a close friend or a beloved family member and feeling no grief or loss. What if you hurt someone you love but felt no remorse or shame? Imagine getting fired or failing a test and feeling no disappointment. It might sound nice to do without these painful feelings, but none of us can deny that emotions give meaning and depth to our lives. Often the emotions we most wish we could avoid propel us in a new and better direction. Without emotions, life would be a colorless canvas, boring and bland.” – Crossway
Emotions are a good and gracious gift to every man and woman created in the image of God. We just need to deal with them and respond to them in a healthy, biblical way to honor God.
How do you live by faith?
- Receive the gift of faith in God for salvation.
- Spur one another onward in love and good deeds.
- Make it a priority to maintain your faith and hope in Christ.
- Be at church every week.
- Make time to read your Bible.
- Get close to God by feeding the hungry.
- Be persistent in our belief.
What is a faith walk?
FaithWalk is an adult weekend that aims to concentrate closely on the person of Jesus Christ and his teachings.
What does it mean to step out on faith?
Stepping out in faith means leaving the comfort zone you have become so used to. Yes, it can be scary, but God has been teaching me that when you step out in faith, you’re stepping into a life of adventure and trusting the loving embrace of Christ.
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