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In My Feelings

Never let your feelings get in the way of seeing things as they truly are.

I read this quote earlier this week and it shocked me.  Yes, I’m familiar with the principle, but I’ve never applied this truth to my relationship with God…and that’s when the shock came.  How many times do we let our emotions block the truth of God’s Word?  The truth of God’s character?  The truth of His constant presence with us?  My answer is: many times.

Too many times I’ve given in to my feelings, instead of believing God’s truth.  I’ve let guilt and shame rob me of the full experience of mercy and forgiveness.  I’ve let feeling unworthy hinder my acceptance of God’s purpose and calling.  I’ve let embarrassment from mistakes distort God’s pure love.  I’ve let my feelings get in the way too many times.  So this time when I read the quote, it served as a clear reminder of a mistake I’ve been making.  But I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

We need to remember that our spiritual journey and our relationship with God is not predicated on our feelings.  God’s forgiveness does not dissolve if we do not feel forgiven.  The same goes with all of His blessings: peace, love, purpose, identity etc.  We tend to place too much emphasis on our feelings, and the reality is that our feelings are faulty.  Our feelings are not accurate indicators of truth.  Sometimes they are correct, but many times they are wrong.  It’s easy to depend upon our feelings because God can be so abstract…what else do we have to rely on?

We rely on God’s Word.

When our feelings contradict the Word of God, our feelings are wrong.  When you feel unloveable, read the Word of God.  Be reminded of His everlasting love for you, and combat your feelings with the truth of God’s Word.  I’m not saying ignore or belittle your feelings.  What I am saying is we need to realize that our feelings can be a distraction from God’s truth.  Our feelings can prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God’s many blessings and His presence in our lives.

As you go through this week try not to be “in your feelings”.  Remember your feelings do not counteract God’s truth.  We all struggle with feeling loved, worthy, forgiven and good enough.  But in God’s eyes we are all of these and so much more.  Stand on that truth this week and always.

-Pastor Mandi

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