Don’t Be Fooled By Your Feelings

Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
1 John 3:20

Feelings are the resulting state of consciousness associated with your emotions. For example, we feel sad, happy, or angry, although sadness, happiness, and anger are the actual emotions. If we are all honest with ourselves, we have had (or may still have) a tendency to allow our feelings to cloud our judgment and ultimately impact our decisions.

You have to realize that our feelings, although they may seem valid at the time, can and will often lead us astray. We often make emotional decisions that have no rational backing and we say things that we don’t mean based on how we are feeling at that moment or about a particular person or situation. In this lies our deception. The enemy will plant words to keep us in that negative frame of mind. For example, I’ll share my one of my own experiences.

With my last official relationship, I kept feeling like I was quitting on the relationship every time I got the urge to break up with my ex. My mind was telling me that it had to be me, that I was the problem. However, as the months went by, those same urges would resurface and my feelings would say well, he will change or it will get better…NOT. I know now that the uncertainty I felt in that relationship and in many situations since then was the Spirit trying to protect me from heartache.

I know it was God that led me to this scripture because I could not think of a scripture offhand that related to this topic. I’ll break it down as it applies here. Even if we feel guilty–if you feel like I did in that relationship; I felt guilty and that I was the problem as my mind told me–God is greater than our feelings! God is greater than your guilt, which comes from that spirit of condemnation. God is greater than your doubt, for example you doubting your achievement the successes God promised you. God is greater than your hatred, the hatred that has kept you bound in unforgiveness and oppressed by generational curses. God is greater than any emotion or feeling and thus He can provide you with clarity in the midst!! What is even more assuring here is the reminder that He is the all-knowing, omniscient God, so His greatness is compounded in that fact. God’s knowing everything is the reason you should trust Him instead of your feelings because He knows where they can lead you and oftentimes will lead you astray. God’s omniscience will protect and deliver you the deception caused by your feelings. And I must add that a key to success in this area is the continual, daily renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). Do not allow your feelings to mislead and misguide you anymore!

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB

Crutches

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalm 11:8 AKJV

Growing up I had the strange desire to have to use crutches. When my dad broke his ankle, my brothers and I took turns playing with the crutches. Strange things we want as kids…I wanted to have to wear a cast haha, I wanted glasses (overrated, as my brief experience resulted in a lost pair of glasses I paid for myself grrr), and I wanted braces (yet another experience I don’t miss but I often consider to further perfect my smile haha). But now as an adult and having had to use them myself after a foot injury and the ugly boot that ensued…crutches are a blessing and a curse all at once.

I guess I’m not meant to find that devotion I wrote…bummer. Anyway, I have had the tendency in life to seek guidance from others. As a consequence, I tend to get dependent and reliant that those people will always be a resource for me. God ALWAYS has a way of snatching the crutches back from me. You see the downside to using crutches for too long is that you become dependent on them, so much that you get comfortable and complacent where you are. You stop challenging and pushing yourself to do better, until you get into a position where you feel stuck. Ah yes, in the past, I got to that place quite often. It was like finally one day God got tired of me and told me enough was enough and started snatching the crutches away–the people I went to in order to seek Him, instead of praying and going to Him for myself. Isn’t that why Jesus died, so that we are no longer separated from the Father? There is no longer a need for sacrifices–well maybe sacrificing time here and there to truly spend that time with God.

And it would happen that either that person who had become my crutch would say something I didn’t agree with, hurt my feelings, or offend me in some way. Then I would go back to God for myself. Now I recognize it is the same thing happening again, some people had become my crutches in Charleston or over the years. Now that I have left, so have the crutches, and I am learning to walk on my own again, except this time hand in hand with God.

Maybe a valued friend or mentor has recently left their coveted position in your life and like me, it has left you confounded, confused, and in disbelief. Rest assured, God’s hand is stretched out to you in order for you to get through, but this time He wants you to come to Him for yourself, beyond the veil. I realize crutches are only supposed to support you in a time of weakness. But how do you know that your legs are strong enough until you try to walk without them?

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:20 NLT