A God-inspired message on how to not live by your feelings.
Have you ever felt like your feelings dictate your day?
If you’re happy, it’s a good day.
If you’re sad or depressed, it’s a bad day.
If you feel like cleaning the house, you don’t.
And on a good day, you get everything on your list done because you feel good.
Well, it’s possible to have a steady good day no matter how you’re feeling.
And you can live in freedom from the dictation of feelings even if you start on a bad note.
Where do you get stability and freedom?
It’s from spending time each day filling up your mind and heart with God’s truth through the bible and through prayer.
Getting God’s perspective can lift you from that place of despair to a place of hope.
A consistent dose of good news will change you from living by your feelings to living by faith.
Like the burdens of a mom for their children, for example.
I love my three adult kids and hate seeing them endure hard times.
But on my knees, I find the strength to believe God has them in His hands.
They sometimes have to go through hardships to grow.
And laying them in God’s hands to work out the impossible.
That takes the pressure off.
And releases me from having to work it out for them.
Letting them go is hard.
I just want to give my two cents. But the truth is my two cents out of fear can be harmful.
But trusting God and seeing my kids the way God sees them comes out in what I say.
When they hear my encouraging words, it uplifts them.
Being emotionally stable is important.
Not just for the benefit of others but for your benefit.
When you are trusting God with the details, you can have a steady inward calm state of mind.
How you do that is by giving time every day to put positive input in your mind
Even taking 10 minutes to pray & giving God your emotions.
Your feelings will come into alignment.
Praying, “God, I give you my day, and I give you my emotions. I ask you to carry my concerns. I give you my marriage, my kids, and myself. Do the impossible in my life. I trust in You & ask You to guide my day. Help me accomplish what I need to do today. I open my heart to hear your thoughts and ideas to lead me to what I should do in Jesus’ name.”
By laying it all down, it is no longer your responsibility to worry anymore.
Letting God do what we’ve asked takes the pressure off.
Being open to hearing God as He leads your day by placing ideas in your mind can extend your day and fit in more than you thought possible.
Feelings are fickle.
Have you heard that before?
Well, it’s true.
Feelings come and go.
One minute you can be mad, sad, or happy.
One of the biggest feelings I struggle with is worry.
The scripture says in Matthew 6:25-34,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I love this scripture because it takes the burden of worry off!
This is just one feeling.
But it’s an example of how God has already planned out our days.
He knows what we need.
And trusting God with our feelings is essential to finding peace in our everyday life.
Whatever we are going through, whether it’s work, school, housework, children, teenagers, marriage, or anything overwhelming.
We can know that God has our back!
And He carries our burdens for us.
All we need to do is trust.
That is a big one.
Trusting God with our feelings and letting Him help us throughout our day is the key to freedom.
So, instead of letting your feelings control you, let them go.
When you’re mad, pray that God will take your anger away.
Sometimes, I’ve had to pray it multiple times before I was able to even feel it lift from my heart.
It’s a strong emotion.
But the truth is God is bigger than our feelings.
He will help us, and we can walk in freedom.
Let me pray.
In the name of Jesus, I pray for every person reading this that You would come and dwell within their heart. I pray right now that You would fill their hearts with Your love. That You would bind fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, and all the emotions controlling their life, in Jesus’ name.
I pray for freedom. That You would bring about freedom within their soul right now, in Jesus’ name—freedom over their feelings and emotions.
Give them a desire in their hearts to read Your word, to pray, and seek You every day. That the desire to serve you would be everlasting.
I pray a blessing over each and every one. In Jesus name, Amen.
There are many ideas on how not to live by your feelings.
But the only lasting way to find help is from the One who formed you by His hand and knows you by name.
God knows you.
He knows our frailties and our weaknesses.
And boy, living by our feelings is a weakness!
But you don’t have to live by your feelings.
You can find freedom through Christ to overcome your feelings and live in the truth.
You are valuable to God.
He loves you and wants a relationship with you.
If you’d like to read more, I wrote a blog post called, How to Live Your Life Without Assumptions.”
In this post, I share what God thinks of you and how you can become a child of God and know Him intimately.
And if you want to see all the faith-based posts, go here.
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