TUESDAY 2ND AUG.,2016
TOPIC: DON’T GO BY YOUR FEELINGS
TEXT: PHIL.1:10 “That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ….”
God gave you feelings, and you should never be ashamed of them. They can alert you to danger and give you insight into various situations. God actually uses our feelings to draw us closer to Him and highlight areas in our lives that need to be submitted to His Holy Spirit. However, feelings are subjective; you can’t always trust them. Hence,When old feelings creep back in we feel fearful, ashamed, hopeless, not good enough, unlovable, victimised, helpless and resentful. An event can trigger these reactions ending a relationship, stress, problems at work and at home, times of change or illness and sometimes these feelings return for no reason.’ So you must ‘test your feelings’, otherwise you’ll end up living ‘a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God’ (Colossians 3:5). It can be disastrous to act on what you see, hear, and feel. Instead of reacting to feelings, you must learn to act on what God’s Word says thereby expressing this thought- your conscience before God and men. This is the golden standard, and it never changes! For instance, even if you feel like you can walk on water, you can only do it if God has called you to step out of the boat. Paul says, ‘…my prayer [is] that [you]…abound…in knowledge and…insight…that you may be able to discern what is best…’ (Philippians 1:9-10 NIV). Bottom line: you’re not defined by your feelings; you’re defined by what God says about you. You may not have the right perspective of yourself but God says, ‘…You are precious to Me …I love you’ (Isaiah 43:4). You may feel like a failure, but God says, ‘There is…no condemnation for those…in Christ’ (Romans 8:1 NIV).
MEDITATION: ACTS 24: 16
STUDY THE BIBLE
2COR 2:5-3:18; 2KGS 15&16; MICAH 5:2-15