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Friday, July 3, 2020

Faith or Feelings

Do you often feel alone and wonder where God is?  Do unexpected thoughts fill your mind and bring fear? “So do not fear,” God promises, “for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). 


Even though you may feel alone—even though your mind runs havoc with fear, God waits for you to trust Him instead of how you feel. Never trust your feelings. They will always change. But you can trust God and the Truth of His Word. God and His Word are both rock-solid and unchanging.


You may feel afraid. "Don't be afraid," God declares. "I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). You may feel evil battering you. "I am your hiding place. I will protect you and deliver you" (Psalm 32:7). Your feelings will betray you. God asks you to look beyond your emotions and to trust Him—to see that what you feel offers you no security. Without faith, you feel alone.


Faith asks you to risk what you feel is secure. It asks you to look beyond what your natural mind says is true and believe what you cannot see. Faith requires you to trust in the Truth of God's Word instead of how you feel. Faith is not an emotion. It is a choice, and when you choose faith, again and again, feelings fall in line with His Truth. Faith comes by allowing the Holy Spirit to train your mind to believe in God's Word instead of your feelings. When you are renewed by the Word transforming the way you think, you discover that it makes complete sense to trust in God’s Word rather than how you feel.


Praise God that His Truth is greater than your feelings! Choose to trust His unchanging Word! Believe Him! "I will strengthen you and uphold you," He assures you. "You are never alone." What He promises is absolute Truth! Knowing His Truth gets you off that roller coaster ride of ambivalent feelings. What an incredible guarantee!


©2020 Lynn Lacher

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