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Faith and Feelings

May 11, 2017

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Faith and Feelings

Faith is surety  and certainty  based on facts.     In sharp contrast,   feelings  are transitory  and not at all based  on truth.     Feelings  are an opinion  of the moment  and can change very rapidly  depending on one’s surrounding circumstances.    For example,  one might feel  they will easily win  in a contest,  but  feel dejected  as they start losing,  and then feel  they need a different strategy.

Regarding faith,  Hebrews 11:1  defines it,

Now faith  is the assurance  of things  hoped for,  the conviction  of things  not seen.

Following that definition  of faith,  Hebrews 11  gives a long list  of people of faith, who lived  during the Old Testament times.     As we read about their lives  in the Old Testament,  God does not mince words  in showing  that they were also sinners.     But,  they were sinners  who were assured  in their heart  and mind  that the LORD truly is God  and there is no other god  or lord  of any sort.    So,  God says   they were righteous  because of their faith.

They based their faith  on all that God had done  for His people  since the beginning  of time  —  i.e.  the facts  of history.     They were very much aware  of God’s promises  of a Savior,  and based  on His word  and trustworthiness  in the past,  knew that the Savior would be coming  as foretold.     They could not see the Savior yet,  but reasoned  in their hearts  regarding all of God’s promises  that had come true  in the past.

Even though each of these people  of faith  had their own weaknesses  and troubles,  their hearts  were assured  that a Savior from sin  was coming  and they hoped  to see Him.     They didn’t get to see Him  in their life time,  but,  they kept that conviction  in their heart  that God certainly would  keep His promise.

As each of these people of faith  faced their various challenges  in this world,  they had plenty of unbelievers  around them.     The unbelievers  would mock them  for their faith  because they  “felt”  that their “gods”  had more power  to do things.     Some felt that their “god”  had the power  to help them win wars  or  have good crops,  but none  of their feelings  were based on facts.

Their feelings  were based  on their imaginations.

Many people  are the same today  —  even within the Christian church.     Based on their imagination,  they  “feel”  certain ways  about God.     But,  none of their feelings  are based staunchly on God’s word  in its totality.     They might read a particular account  in the Bible  and feel  that the LORD  is a judge  who does nothing but  condemn everyone.     That is not true.

On the other hand,  they might read 1 John 4:8“God is love,”  and then feel  that God has to coddle them  and give them anything they desire  because He is supposed to  be loving  according to their definition  of love.     Their feelings  and imaginations  are not  based on all  of God’s word  to us,  so they are unable  to have a real faith.

They are letting their feelings  rule  over the truths of God’s word  to us.     Romans 10:17  tells us,  “So faith  comes from hearing,  and hearing  by the word  of Christ.”

As we study God’s word,  we need to see  how God has kept all  of His promises  for a Savior  in Jesus Christ.     In our weaknesses,  we often cannot keep  our word  from one day  to the next.     But,  God has kept His word  over thousands of years.     No other  “god”  has done anything  like that.     So,  what should we base  our faith on?

Should our momentary troubles  make us  “feel”  there is no God?     And then,   should a blessing  make us  “feel”  God has finally done something good  for us?     Truthfully,   even unbelievers receive  many good things  in this life.     Instead,  all of our troubles  and blessings  should be seen  in the light  of all  of God’s word.

We need  to dust off our Bibles  and learn  what God has to say  to us  from beginning to end.    James 4:8  tells us,  “Draw near  to God  and He will  draw near  to you.”     We need to do that  because we need  to live  in the truth  —  not according to transitory feelings  or imaginations.

As we grow  in all of God’s truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  is faithful  and true  down through the ages.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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