We are a coddled culture.
We are led to believe our lives should be easy, we should be pampered, our every whim satisfied, and our feelings and wants trump all truth.
It looks something like this:
I don’t feel good about something someone says….I blurt out hurtful things. I mean, someone has to “set ’em in their place,” right? Might as well be me.
I don’t like something someone does….I slander their name. Gasp. Who do they think they are?
Someone doesn’t make me feel good about myself….I feel devalued. How dare they not notice what I’ve done! Why, if it weren’t for me…….
Something doesn’t go the way I think it should….I freak out. Yeah, I know best. Don’t mess with me and my plan.
We have made a god out of our feelings. They have become more important than truth.
Functioning on my feelings alone tells God I don’t trust Him enough to take Him at His Word. >>tweet this<<
The only way to overcome this god of feelings is to acknowledge them, see what God says, believe it, and rearrange my perspective.
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?”
~Jeremiah 17:9 ESV~
1. When I feel angry….God says:
rage and anger…
along with every form of malice.”
2. When I feel disdain or irritation….God says:
Do I humbly elevate another’s value? Or is it all about me?
3. When I feel discontent or jealous…God says:
and enables him to enjoy them,
to accept his lot and be happy in his work–
this is a gift of God.”
Am I happy with the wealth and possessions God has given me?
Or do I doubt His faithfulness because I don’t have the best, the most, the greatest?
4. When I feel overlooked, unnoticed….God says:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
Do I really value others more than myself enough to be ok with not being the center of attention?
Do I trust God to one day personally acknowledge my unnoticed works?
5. When I feel hurt by others words….God says:
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
or by any human court…
my conscience is clear….
It is the Lord who judges me.”
~1 Corinthians 4:3-4~
What can man do to me?
The Lord is with me; He is my Helper….
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust man.”
~Psalm 118: 6-8~
If I am in right standing with the Lord, why do I care about another’s judgment?
So, yes. There are times my feelings don’t really matter because I have God’s promises. They have proven a firm foundation for thousands of years. I choose to acknowledge them, believe them and through His grace, apply them.