Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Feelings Versus God's Facts

We like to think that we can trust our feelings. Follow the latest political or social or moral arguments and they're almost always couched in emotional terms. The truth is that our emotions are simply the reflection of what we're thinking. As such, they can be very revealing. Here is a list of feelings I put together alongside the facts God has given us in His Word.

My Feelings
God’s Facts
1. Nobody loves me.
I am loved.
John 13:1; 14:21; 15:13;
Rom. 5:8; 8:35-39;
1 John 4:10, 16; 3:1;
Rev. 3:19
2. Why doesn’t anything good ever happen to me?
All things work together for good.
Rom. 8:28
3. I’m good for nothing.
I am highly valued by the highest being in the universe – God.
Rom. 3:24;
1 Cor. 7:23; 6:20;
1 Pet. 1:18-19
I am viewed as pure by God, a new creation.
Jer. 31:34; Psa 103:12;
Rom. 6:4-11; 2 Cor. 5:17-20;
Eph. 4:24; Heb. 8:12
4. Why couldn’t I be … (better looking, more athletic, taller, shorter, skinnier, smarter, etc.)?
I was personally designed by God. This includes my physical characteristics, my parentage, and my circumstances.
Job 10:10-11;
Psa. 139:13-16; 119:73
5. He/she made me angry (any feeling that is admittedly wrong).
Each of us is responsible for our own responses.
James 1:14
6. I don’t have any skills (abilities to contribute to my world).
To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
1 Cor. 12:7, 16, 22, 23
7. I’m a loser, a failure.
I am a conqueror.
Rom. 8:37
I have the power for all things I must do.
Phil. 4:13

Remember, the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9). Feelings can be useful, but it's far better to trust God's Word.

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