There is a reason the Bible tells us not to go by our feelings. They are not a reliable indicator of our status as believers. Some days we are excited and on fire – we feel like David ready to slay the giants in our lives! I love those kinds of days. We are ready to offer encouragement to everyone around us letting Jesus shine through us in all that we do. We are excited to share our faith and look forward to with great expectancy to see what God will do next. We cannot wait to see and hear from God. We’re confident in our salvation and boldly share with others how God has moved in our lives.
Then there are those other days (which often seem greater in number). Ugh! Days where we struggle to find meaning and purpose in our daily routine. We move forward one step at a time, unsure if we even want to keep moving. Not only will we find ourselves questioning whether we are in God’s will, but the lies of the enemy will have us doubting our very salvation! When we are in this place, we must take hold of those negative thoughts, and remember the truth.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
We have to focus on who we are from the perspective of what the Bible says – who we are in Christ triumphs over who we feel we are any day.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. Psalms 62:5-6
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
When we remember and meditate on the truths of who we are in Christ, we will no longer be governed by our feelings. Once we accept Christ, we become a new creation in Him! It no longer matters how we feel about something. Our decisions must be based on the truth of the Word and our faith in God, not on our feelings. If we allow them to, our feelings can shift our focus to the wrong things, leading to discouragement. When this happens, we must get back to the foundation of our faith where we are rooted and grounded in the truth of who we are in Christ.
About the Author: Andrette (Anne) Herron resides in Southern Illinois with her husband, daughter, and son. A budding author, she loves to share her faith and inspire others through writing and music. Andrette homeschools, works actively in ministry, and enjoys spending time with her family.