As a believer, it’s important to walk by faith and not feelings. Make decisions based on the unchanging wisdom of God’s word and not our inconsistent feelings.
Think about it, if we were all led by how we ‘felt’ at any given moment, nothing would ever get done.
You may not feel like getting up and going to work every day during the week, but you do it anyway. You may not feel like studying, but you do it anyway…if you don’t then the consequences are obvious. If you have children or younger siblings/cousins, you may not feel like cooking for them, but you do it anyway.
As a single, you may feel so lonely, or so tired of not having a boo that one day you ‘feel’ like calling your ex and giving them another chance…when you know that the reason the relationship failed was unfavourable. Or, as someone in a pre-marital relationship, you may ‘feel’ like you want to get to the final base with your partner, its natural right, ‘body no be firewood’ lool. But you DON’T because you can’t afford to sacrifice your purity, your testimony or your partner’s purity and testimony just because you feel some type of way.
Feelings are fickle. One minute we feel one way, the next minute we feel another.
Feelings change, but we must be grateful that we serve a constant God.
God will never feel a certain way about you one day then feel a different way about you the next. God’s love is consistent, unconditional and is not based on how He feels, but on what He knows to be true about you. In the same way, it is important for you as a Christian, not to be led solely by your feelings when it comes to relationships, careers choices and your own individual path. Don’t make a decision without consulting your Heavenly Father and then try to tag Him to it after. I always say; God is not obligated to anoint what He did not initiate or have a say in! Bring Him in the decision making process, make Him the centre…always think, how will this bring glory to God?
Be led by God, be led by what He says about you and what He says about life in His Word. Whenever you feel a certain way which is contrary to God’s Word, that is the time for you to prevent your mind from acting upon how you feel and start operating in what you believe, which is God and His Word. The flesh wants what it wants, but you have to exercise Self-Control over the behavioural consequences your feelings.
As you read God’s word…which I know you do or will be doing every day after you read this *hint hint*, you will realise your worth in Him, you will understand what He says about you and strive to do what pleases Him.Being engrossed in God’s word makes it easier to walk in His truth and standards by faith and not feelings in every situation. For we walk by faith, not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7.
— Sister Kanayo
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Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
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5 thoughts on “Faith Or Feelings?”
Thank you for an excellent article. Sadly even many Christians fall into letting their feelings be their guide. I call that “Star Wars Morality.” (In the movie “Star Wars,” Obi Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker to let his feelings guide him.) As you say, our feelings are fickle. God’s never changing Word needs to be our guide.
I found your article as I was posting one myself on God’s Word. If you have a chance, check it out: http://364daysofthanksgiving.com/shhh/
I really appreciated your article and would love to know what you think of mine. Thanks!
Absolutely loved reading your article. This sentence summed everything up and resonated with me;
‘Often the question is not whether God is speaking to us, but whether we take the time to sit quietly and listen.’
How true it is that oftentimes we cry out that we want to hear from God, but forget to shut up and listen. I wrote a short spoken word/poem called Listen a while back. Have a read and tell me what you think.
So true. It’s the same thing with our hearts. Our hearts are , by nature, quite wicked. So we should allow ourselves to be led by faith, not the fickle (and at times deceptive) heart.
Thats right! The word says that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), the only time we can ever follow our heart is when our heart is right with God…and that comes when He gives us a new one (Psalm 51:10 ) 🙂 ❤