Now that Facebook has promoted a new option on every update to add a “feeling” it seems people of faith have forgotten something very important:
FAITH IS NOT A FEELING.
I’ve seen updates from feeling “meh” to feeling “excited” –from the same person on the same day. And I know these people are being honest and transparent (which I’m a fan of), but I’m a little concerned about the focus on how they’re feeling.
Let me put it to you this way: We are all emotional-beings, therefore one day we feel saved, one day we don’t feel saved. So which is it? Is your salvation based on how you feel in the moment? Or is it based on faith in God’s Word?
I’m obviously trying to make a point… Our faith is ENTIRELY based on God’s Word.
“Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).
I’m not saying you won’t, or shouldn’t, have emotions. But to live by our emotions is contrary to scripture.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Listen to these other translations:
“It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going” (MSG).
“For we live by believing and not by seeing” (NLT).
“Indeed our lives are guided by faith [alone] and not by sight” (GWT).
“For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance [of things]” (AMP).
My point is that when we choose AT ANY MOMENT to base our lives on how we “feel,” we’ve actually opened the front door to the enemy with a big sign that says, “Come on in!”
The devil loves to play on your feelings. And this is why you cannot base your FAITH on how you feel. [click to tweet]
When it comes to day-to-day emotions, remember these truths:
Jesus said, “Have faith in God.”
He didn’t say, “Wait and see how you feel first, then put your faith in God if it seems like a good idea.”
I know I’m being sarcastic, but have you noticed how many people actually live like what I just described? If that’s you, STOP IT.
You need to own your faith.
In his book, Your Faith in God will Work, Kenneth E. Hagin said, “A lot of people have faith in my faith and the faith of others. But they do not have confidence that their own faith in God will work… They do not believe who and what they are in Christ Jesus.”
When we base our faith on our feelings, we are like a hitchhiker who doesn’t own a own car and is dependent on others to take us places. That will only get you so far.
The devil will gladly give you a ride.
When you hitchhike your faith on the wheels of how you’re feeling, the devil will gladly accommodate you. And sadly, you may not know it until the doors are shut and locked, and he’s taking you somewhere you didn’t want to go!
You don’t have to be an expert at this, but you do need to be aware: Feelings can be wonderful to experience, but horrible to live by. So regardless of how you feel, make a conscious decision to live FIRST by faith. I promise God will surprise you with good emotions when you do!
The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith [not feeling to feeling]. (Romans 1:17)
Question: How have feelings dictated your faith? [answer in the comments]