This is a REpost. I posted this originally on June 29th.
I’ve been thru a time where I needed a reminder to think on the truth – a dear friend gave me that reminder today.
What do you do when your emotions threaten to overcome you? These emotions are so strong – and we aren’t trained in this culture, nor even encouraged, to NOT rely on our emotions.
Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
We all know this scripture, we’ve read it hundreds of times. But how do we apply it to our lives and everyday? We have to take a leap of faith and move further, from just knowing it, to living it! I must say that I have been held prisoner by negative thoughts in the past. I have allowed them to overwhelm me at times. I want out. I want light where there has been darkness. These negative thoughts drain the energy and vitality out of your life faster than the blink of an eye. With His help, we can claim victory over destructive thoughts, negative emotions and attitudes. We can do all things through Him right?!
The Israelites must have felt that God had abandoned them. We know from scripture (Exodus 2:24-25; 3:7-10) that He did not forget them. We have to dive into scripture, memorize scripture, etch it upon our hearts and minds so that we can claim these truths and promises when we start feeling those prison bars surrounding us again! Think on what is rock-solid, that is God’s Word! His word, His truths, have to come above what we feel! We can not allow our thoughts and feelings to come above the Word of God.
When we start seeing ourselves through God’s eyes, we remember that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14) no matter what others think about us. We remember that He has a mighty plan and purpose for us, no matter what season we’re in or what things look like today (2 Tim. 1:9). He has given us spiritual gifts that we can use to benefit others, no matter how we may be failing in this moment (1 Cor. 12:7-11). We can not forget that we are ALWAYS loved and accepted by God, no matter who rejects us here on earth (Romans 8:35).
When we leave behind our emotions and feelings, we can really move into what God has for us. We can move from despair and depression, into hope and encouragement; from heart ache and rejection, into enablement and renewed energy – all because God’s Word is in our hearts and we can claim His promises!
I can’t tell you how encouraging this is to me. Whewy, this gives me so much freedom! THIS is how I can seek what He has for me – move past my emotions and feelings and into HIM. WOW…
I also want to add now, as I reprint this article; that it is really important NOT to keep these emotions to ourselves…whisper them to God. Pour out your heart to Him. Also, if you have a trusted friend (a Tina of your very own), then share your heart with her. When we keep things to ourselves, secret almost, we give power to the enemy to wedge his foot in that crack and fill our hearts and thoughts with untruths!
Thank you for this timely revelation (again) Jesus. Thank you that you KNOW my heart’s desires and fears and You hear my prayers, even before I utter them. Thank you for seeing me as the beautiful daughter You created me to be, and for giving me glimpses of that same woman after Your very heart so that I can have hope in my everyday. In Your Holy name, AMEN
From My Heart To Yours, With love,
I’ve got a bit of a series coming but stay tuned for my next post!