Walking By Faith, Not My Feelings
Embrace Your Feelings, But Walk in Faith
by Veritas Vita 777
I’ve seen God’s hand at work in some beautiful ways this last week. His provision in my life and in the lives of my family and friends has reminded me again how faithful God is. It can be difficult believing He is still in control—especially these days, with how uncertain this world can make you feel.
Yet, as a believer, I know I need to live by faith and not by my feelings!
Although, it’s not always easy to live by faith – and not allow your feelings to control you. This is sometimes difficult for me because I’m an emotional person. I was told as a child by my mother that I shouldn’t be so emotional. As an adult, I get her point. However, at the time, it wasn’t the best thing to tell me – as a child. I grew up thinking that I had a defect because I was too emotional. Through the years, I’ve come to understand that reacting overly emotionally and irrationally is not mature. But that’s not the message my mother was trying to tell me when I was a child. She thought I got too emotional and needed to be less emotional like her.
I told my husband about this experience from my childhood, and he has encouraged me to keep feeling my feelings since that’s how God made me.
I’ve shared that little bit of my history to explain why it’s sometimes difficult for me to put my feelings aside and walk by faith.
For we know that if our earthly [a]house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our [b]habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as [c]a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:1-8, NKJV)
I love reading this passage from 2 Corinthians 5:1-8. It’s such a reminder that this world is not my home. My real home is in Heaven. That gives me such comfort. I know that God is with me through all my struggles. He helps me through them, not out of them. He is molding me and cultivating deeper spiritual growth as I endure these earthly trials.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [b]perseverance; 4 and perseverance, [c]character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5, NKJV)
My hope is in the Lord. I love how Paul ends this passage in Romans 5:1-5. He shares that hope does not disappoint. Why? Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts. How? By the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Take a moment to meditate on that truth. Keep trusting in the Lord. Embrace the comfort of the Holy Spirit who is constantly at work in your life as a Christian.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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