Do you Live According to Your Feelings?
Do you live according to your feelings or do you live by the Word of God? That might be a question you have to think on for a second, but my guess is the majority of people would say they live by their feelings. Some people, whether they would admit it or not, are actually ruled by their feelings. This might not seem like a problem to you, but over the years I have realized more and more just how dangerous feelings can be.
“I feel like God is distant.”
“I feel anxious.”
“I feel sick.”
“I feel like I have no future.”
While these might be facts, none of these three statements are the truth. Let me remind you that there is a huge difference between facts and truth. The fact might be that you feel like God is distant but the truth in Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” The fact might be that you feel like you are anxious but the truth in Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” The fact might be that you don’t feel well physically but the truth in Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” The fact might be that you don’t feel like you have a future but the truth in Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
Have you ever found a verse in the Bible that says, “live by your feelings.” No! Never! Not one! Yet, that is what most people do. Have you ever made a decision based on how you feel? I am sure we can all answer yes to that question. Do you know people who are ruled by how they feel? I bet we could all answer yes to that question too. Most people live according to their feelings, but do you understand how dangerous this is? Do you understand just how unhealthy it is to be ruled by your emotions and feelings, especially when your feelings are wrong? I can personally say that my life would be miserable if I lived by my feelings.
Proverbs 28:26 says, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” Did you get that? Those who trust in themselves, or their feelings, are fools! I’m also reminded of Romans 8:6 which says, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Let me remind you that if you operate out of the flesh, your feelings, it will lead to death. But when you operate from the Spirit that lives within you? You will live a life of peace. That means instead of feeling afraid, you can live by the Spirit and be filled with love, power and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Instead of feeling anger towards someone, you can live by the Spirit and have kindness towards them (Galatians 5:22-23).
I could go on and on. The reality is there is a verse, or several verses, to combat whatever it is that you are feeling. You might not feel well, but it’s time to start using the Word of God as your medicine and speak life over your body and your health. You might not feel like God loves you, but it’s time to start looking up verses on how much he loves you. You might feel like you are ever going to be a mom, but it’s time to start looking up what God’s Word says on fertility and fruitfulness. You might not feel like your season of grieving will ever be over, but God’s word says otherwise!
Now if you read all that and are panicking thinking, “I had no idea feelings were bad,” then you also missed what I was trying to say. Feelings and emotions are not a bad thing when they are led by the Spirit. For example, are you grieving? If so, grieving is not a bad thing at all! It’s actually a good thing (although it can turn into a bad thing if you sit in your grief). So how do you know when feelings are good or when they are bad? If your feelings contradict what God’s Word says, then your feelings are bad. If they are in line with God’s Word (joy, peace) then they are good. As always, it leads back to being rooted in God’s Word? You must know the Word!
I want to leave you with one last verse. John 6:63 says, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” Wow! The flesh counts for nothing! It’s time to stop living by your flesh and start living by the Spirit. Everything will look different when you do.
PS. Here is an old post that will help you declare God’s Word over your feelings: 25 Truths to Declare Over Your Emotions
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