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Faith and Feelings

February 26, 2019

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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 facts.     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  and false reasonings.

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.     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  and believers can have many overwhelming problems.     Instead,  all of our troubles and blessings should be seen  in the light  of all  of God’s word.     Find out what all  of God’s word  actually says.

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!     My 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.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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