Yesterday was Good Friday and my church had a wonderful Good Friday service in the evening. In the midst of the praise and worship, I became distracted for a moment and I began to get into my thoughts about what I was feeling. I will be honest, I can’t remember exactly what thoughts were about to plague my mind because God interrupted those thoughts abruptly. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “get out of your feelings; Stand on the truth and not what you feel.” I was clapping and listening to the praise and worship and meditating on what I just heard. I became so excited…I thought about how much my “feelings” control my life. I know we have feelings for a reason, but we have to learn how to submit our feelings to the truth. It didn’t matter what I was about to think about anymore or what I went through that day, all that mattered in that moment was the truth… that God deserved all of my praise because He is God, and I got my praise on!!
I realize that God is changing my viewpoint. He is revealing to me how to handle life and still accomplish the plans that He has for me. The feelings that arise due to my experiences don’t change the truth about God and His promises. The bible teaches that I am head and not the tail (Deuteronomy28:13); I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57), no weapon formed against me will prosper (Isaiah 54:17), I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14); God intended for me to be here (Ephesians 1:4)…and I can go on and on. I’m hard on myself at times, but I have to remember that I am the righteousness of God and that he will forgive me of my sins and give me the opportunity to get it right, It says in Proverbs 24:26 “For a righteous man may fall seven times, And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” God already knew I was going to mess up, but this is why he sent Jesus. This is why through the word He consistently teaches on love, and forgiveness. He also shows us in the word that we have to keep it moving; we are not to get stuck, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” (Philippians 3:13). If we aren’t careful our feelings can get us stuck by evoking double mindedness; causing us to be unsure; causing us to walk under constant conviction; preventing us from stepping out on faith etc. All of these things hinder the truth of God.
It’s like God was like, “Daughter, snap out of it”. I believe where God wants to take me and take you, it will require us not to be consumed by our feelings. Our feelings need always to be subject to the word of God. If you know God has forgiven you, forgive yourself and move on. If you know that God told you to do something, don’t let your feelings of fear or inadequacy, stop you from moving forward. If you look in the Bible, God used many unlikely people to accomplish great things. We have to get out of our feelings and stand on the Word of God, the Truth. We have to trust God. Jeremiah was about to get caught up in his feelings of inadequacy when speaking to the Lord, but God assured him:
Jeremiah 1: 4-8
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
Now I have to walk in this revelation. This is serious. I am looking at how my blogs are evolving, and with each blog God is teaching me to trust him more and more. Moving past my feelings and standing on the truth of God is what I will now do and I encourage all of you to do the same. It takes practice as with anything. Every time I find myself saying “I don’t feel like…or I feel”, I am going to examine those thoughts. I want to make sure I am not hindering the plans that God has for me because I am stuck in these feelings or maybe better yet emotions. When we look at people who are depressed, they can’t see the truth about the blessings in their life because their feelings / emotions tell them differently. Here is the thing, regardless, of what their feelings tell them, the truth about their life is still the truth. The unfortunate part is that the emotional imbalance will steal the joy from them, and all that is available to them will be useless because they are stuck in feelings that lie. I hope you’re getting what I am saying. Get unstuck…let go… be free…be courageous…God is with you!
If only you knew, the enemy has torn me up for years in my mind…having me caught up in my feelings…making me forget who I am and who’s I am. Feelings had me running to the church and running from the church; running to my family and running away from my family; bouncing back and forth in relationships and not ever operating in my full potential in any area of my life. I know that God has His hands on me. I believe God is just waiting on me to get out of my own way, my own feelings, and rest in his truth so He can use me as planned. I am working on it…I promise you. I want to live out Gods promises, and as I live it out, I want to help others live it out as well. Let’s get a hold of our life. Let’s let God show us who we are and not the lies of the enemy. The more time we spend in God’s word, we will know the truth and be able to decipher when God is speaking to us. In the bible God refers to himself as the Shepard and we are the sheep. In John 10: 2-5 He states, “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
To have this revelation on Good Friday was significant, because I can argue, “Did Jesus ‘feel’ like dying on the Cross?” Jesus did what He came to do, fulfill the Law of the Prophets and die for our sins. Jesus sacrificed His life so we could live and not only live, but live abundantly, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). Tomorrow is Easter, and we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate His resurrection by living out His will the way he intended. We have the Bible which is the Word of God; the truth. Let us live by that, and not let our feelings or any other hindrances get in the way.