Ever had your thoughts flying in one direction and then another? Your full of faith and hope, then suddenly you plummet to despair, wondering how you’re going to make it through? I’m sure we’re all guilty of this a time or two (or 3-400 hundred times!)
You think to yourself, ”What am I going to do??? No wait, that’s not faith…My God will supply all my needs according to HIS riches in glory. I’ll never get out of debt! No that’s not right, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want!” Back and forth, back and forth. (Please Read: Philippians 4:19, Psalm 23:1)
Your emotions are all over the place, you go from singing ”I’m so happy, oh so happy” and the next day thinking, “I just want to crawl back in my bed and be left alone.”
If you can identify with that, then you have a soul and it’s in full control! Our soul is made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions. Now God gave us a soul to be creative, to think, and to learn with our minds. He gave us free will to make choices and decisions for our own lives. And He gave us emotions to feel, to love and to express ourselves with. But He DID NOT give us a soul to be controlled by. But sadly, many people are. And I myself, spent decades like this until I learned the key to change…
God wants us living from our Spirit, not from a place of up and down emotions and feelings. He wants us being led by Him. Being led by your Spirit is letting God be in control--getting to a place when everything around you is going wrong and YET, you STILL trust God in the process…not stressed out, not overwhelmed, not crying all day long, BUT resting in His peace that everything is going to turn out okay. And actually He's promised us BETTER than just okay!
Here’s the key...The only way you can ever get to living beyond your emotions is simply by spending time in His Word and making IT the final say in your life—even when you don’t FEEL like it! You get your Bible out and READ IT! The Psalms are the perfect place to start for comfort and strength. Hebrews for faith. Galatians for freedom. I Corinthians for love. The more you make Bible reading a priority, the more you crave it—I know I do! When my children are at school and I’m home alone, I’m listening to faith building messages all day long. When I’m driving in my car, once again, I’m listening to the Word. It’s not to say I’m some super spiritual person and I never watch TV or listen to music. But I know me, and if I’m not full of the Word, I will be led by—my mind, my will, and my emotions. And I know from experience it’s never led me in the right direction.
Another key to living beyond the ups and downs of life, is praise! When my mind wants to be completely overwhelmed with whatever challenge is front of me, I begin praising Him with my mouth! It shuts the negative thoughts up that are trying to take over. The louder they try to get, the louder I get thanking God for His goodness, for His love, for His grace, for His peace, for His direction and the list goes on and on.
I’m telling you it works, but you must become disciplined in your life and do it! You can’t just veg out in front of the TV, or surf the net and tune out life—YOU must engage in spiritual warfare with the enemy who is trying to torment your mind, and fight back with building your faith up in the Word and speaking praises out of your mouth! God has already promised WE WIN, but you must put legs to your faith! So, I encourage you today to seek God FIRST above all else, and watch a peace come over you like never before! Tell your soul, “You are NOT in control today…or tomorrow either!”
If you were blessed and encouraged by this article, please click the heart below so I know that you are reading! Love, Jerriann