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Heartfelt Feelings

January 16, 2017


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Heartfelt Feelings

Feelings come  and go.     Teens can fall  in and out  of love  as a matter  of course.     A person  can “feel”  they’ve bought  the ideal house  until they live  in it  and start seeing  all its defects.     One might “feel”  they have the ideal friend  until they’ve been betrayed.     Terrorists  “feel”  they are righteous  in their suicide bombings.     Satan worshipers  “feel”  they are right  in their practices.

Feelings are temporary.     Truth is eternal.     Feelings change depending  on many circumstances  —  known and unknown.     Truth does not change.

When I was younger,  I had a friend  who was very excited  about becoming a Christian.      She exuberantly took part  in youth activities,  Bible study  and church attendance  —  that is  until she felt  God did not answer a prayer.     On a whim, she became an atheist  and moved  so that she would not have  to face her Christian friends  any more.

Her faith was based  on the “feeling”  that if she “believed”,  God would grant her  whatever she asked for.     In her immaturity,  God was more  of a genie  in a bottle  than the LORD Almighty,  our Savior,  and our heavenly Father.     With her seemingly unanswered prayer,  she suddenly “felt”  that the Bible did not contain  the answers  she once sought.

Just think of the horrendous agony  her feelings misled her in.     I sometimes wonder  if she is still allowing  her feelings  to lead her  instead of God’s  eternal truths  as recorded  in the Bible.     That could mean fifty plus years  of doubts,  fears  and misgivings.     It’s all unnecessary.

People often have feelings  that lead to disillusions  and they are like Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:19  about seed  falling on different grounds.     He said,

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes  and snatches away  what has been sown  in his heart.     This is the one  on whom seed was sown beside the road.”

In these instances, it is not God’s word  or love  that has changed.     The heart  of that person  was depending on feelings  and had a lack  of understanding.      Because we are fickle sinners  we need to become grounded  in truth  so that our trials and temptations  do not sway us  into unbelief,  wrong doctrines,  or sinful lifestyles.

“Feelings” have led people  into adultery,  homosexuality,  Satan worship  and all sorts  of traps.

So,  how can we tell the difference  between our feelings  and truth?     Study will show  that the Bible is a compilation  of history books  that recorded God’s prophecies  and how they came true,  even thousands  of years later.     In awe,  Peter explains  our living hope  in 1 Peter, chapter 1.      He quotes Isaiah, “The word of the LORD abides forever.”

In other words,  the Bible proves  that God keeps  His word.     The Bible proves  that it speaks  the truth.     God’s word does not change.     God’s witness  in the Bible  gives clear testimony  that God causes  His every word  to come true.     If we want any comfort  in this world,  we need  to listen  to God’s living testimony  in His word,  the Bible  —  always remembering  that “The word of the LORD abides forever.”     It has not changed  over thousands  of years.     The Bible is God’s witness  to us.

False preachers will twist God’s word,  so that people will think  it says something different,  but the actual Bible  has not changed.      That’s why  it is so very important  to study God’s eternal word.      It’s God’s way  of speaking to us.

In Jesus’ day,  the Jews had differences  in doctrines  and they would test Jesus  with their questions.     Jesus always taught them  by using scripture  and even had  to chide them  in Matthew 22:29 by saying,

“You are mistaken,  not understanding  the Scriptures,  or the power of God.”

In other words,  they thought  they had studied scripture,  but in actuality,  they had only studied  the traditions of men,  which were written  on other scrolls.     Then they “felt”  that the other writer  sounded pretty well right,  so they accepted  his opinion  as truth,  without checking it out  in scripture.      So Jesus had to point out  their lack of understanding.

Check everything out  with the Bible  —  God’s testimony  to us,  His dear children.

( This post was written in June 2007 and posted on a website that does not keep an online archive. )



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