Your Feelings Matter Too

Our feelings always matter. They are valid responses to life, which God gave to us. Sometimes people disagree with or resent our feelings. They argue with us, discount how we feel or belittle our sentiments.

 

However, what really counts is that we endorse our own feelings. We honor and approve of our self when we acknowledge and allow our self to fully feel our negative emotions – although it is not healthy to vent our feelings on other people.

 

We face, feel and accept them as our own. When we face our feelings squarely without making excuses for them or attempting to change them, we learn so much about who we are and what we need. This enables us to nurture our self and to supply the insufficiencies in our life that are causing them.

 

Burying our negative feelings accentuates rather than hides them, and guarantees that they will add force and destruction to our current emotions. They are like a caged, roaring bear attempting to rip our life apart in order to escape.

 

The trauma, training and example that we experience throughout our lifetime, forms the lens through which we view issues in our life. Our attitudes are shaped by both the joy and the pain we feel, some of which we bury in our subconscious mind.

 

Our attitudes are influenced by our circumstances – past, present and future. Then attitudes condition our preferences, phobias and precedents by which we live. Attitudes also flavor our thoughts, words, emotions, choices and actions.

 

We may develop “stinking thinking” because our attitude spirals down into resentment and bitterness. We may feel joy over an issue that we are afraid to share with anyone else. God knows us better than we know our self, and our intimacy with Him enables us to chat to Him about our feelings as we feel them.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that our life is more fulfilled when we take an honest look at our attitude. Then we can accept how we feel and move on from there. You enable us to change our focus and our perception about life. We are no longer concerned with this world and the aspects of it.

 

You help us to develop a heavenly mindset that is rooted in our salvation and grounded by our union with Christ in us and with us. We function on a level path throughout life, once we bring our emotions to You, and allow You to heal the negative ones and to accentuate our positive feelings.

 

Thought for the Day:

When we pray about our attitudes at home, church, workplace, social gatherings, etc; God helps us to discover the root cause of our negative attitudes, and to change our focus on the situation, which in turn changes our thoughts, feelings, stress-level, habits, choices, decisions and actions.

 

Four Major Choices in Life

We have four major choices in our journey through this travesty that we call “life.” We can follow the dictates of Satan, the world, our fleshly desires, or God’s Holy Spirit. No one can ever force a decision on us. God gave us a free will for us to decide.

 

If we follow the devil’s impulses, we set our self up for ultimate failure. He roams about the world like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). His motive in blessing us is to eventually steal from, kill and destroy us (John 10:10).

 

Satan makes sure to disguise His extermination of us with sweet treats and pleasant promises. We fall for the lies and poor image of our self that He plants in our mind; and we slowly spiral into depression, anxiety and self-destruction through our addictions.

 

If we take another option and choose the way of the world, we are puppets of the business conglomerates’ ever-changing whims of fashion and formulas for success. We live by the dictates of the media, and we amass worldly goods that end up being chains of bondage around our neck.

 

We devour self-help books in order to find a way to improve our self, get that promotion, and find some semblance of inner peace. We flit around like social butterflies, changing friends, places of employment, addresses, and the car we drive, etc. – all to impress other people and to feel good about our self.

 

Another possibility is to live in order to satisfy our human desires, following our human reasoning and the directives of our latest moods and earthly cravings. We use every diet and exercise gimmick formed by man to keep a body of which we can be proud.

 

However, we are never satisfied. We jump from one discovery to another in our attempt to meet our perceived physical, mental, emotional and financial needs. We end up in poor health, and taking medication with side-effects that ruin our life inch by inch.

 

Our soul is sick from our lack of fulfillment, which causes us to decline in body as well as our soul. So what are we to do? How do we to not only survive, but also truly succeed in finding fulfillment on this side of Heaven?

 

The answers are found in our fourth and best major choice in life, and are provided by God’s Holy Spirit. First through salvation in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18), and then by His Spirit teaching us His Truth, as God provides for our needs from His gracious abundance (John 16:13).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You allow us a free will to either barely survive or abundantly excel through this path called “life”. You stand back and endure the grief of watching us – Your beloved creation – destroy our self, one decision at a time. Yet, You constantly call us by Your Spirit, encouraging us with Your love and blessings, to totally surrender our life to Your constant care.

 

When we do, we hear Your loving kindness each new morning. We give You our undivided attention, so that You can lead us in the way that we should go every step of our life. You deliver us from our enemies and cause us to run to the safety You provide for us (Psalm 91:1-4). Teach us how to avoid the trappings of the devil, the world and our flesh (Psalm 143:8-10).

 

Thought for the Day:

God gives us abundant life (John 10:10), regardless of our circumstances, as well as the wisdom and the will to walk in His ways each moment of the day (Philippians 2:12-13); therefore, we quickly eliminate anything in life that clouds our vision of Christ in us, or makes us hesitant to spend daily time in His Word, or discourages us from a place of Christian service.

Grace in Time of Need

God gives us His grace in every time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Whether our trial is physical, mental, financial, emotional, spiritual or relational, we have God’s grace to help us, because the Trinity abides within us.

 

When we find joy in our circumstances, regardless of their intensity of severity or bliss, we please our Daddy God. He thrills in our trust in Him, and He rejoices over us with singing (2 Corinthians 10:18; Zephaniah 3:17). Our soul delights in God, regardless of the issues we face (2 Corinthians 10:17).

 

Unless we cause them by our own faulty choices, trials come to sift away the scum in our life, like the refiner sifts dross from precious metals. We see more pure gold in our thoughts, actions, emotions and choices, as God’s Spirit removes carnality from us (Job 23:10; 1 Peter 1:7).

 

Trials also strengthen our faith in God’s faithfulness (1 John 5:4-5). He proves His love for us by His divine intervention throughout the circumstances of our life. He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11-12), and gives us inexpressible waves of joy that are full of praises to Him (1 Peter 1:6-9).

 

God’s grace also gives us victory over every temptation. Most temptations are common to everyone; even Jesus had temptations (Hebrews 4:15). God gives us a way to escape every fleshly lure. We simply focus on His provision, rather than our tempting desires (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

Trials teach us patience, which in turn perfects us (James 1:4-8). Patience helps us to feel complete and fulfilled, without the pressure of having to perform, or to force others to perform in our timing and way. It also allows us to continually wait on God without stress and expectations (Hosea 12:6; Psalm 25:5, 27:14, 37:7; James 5:7-8).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for showing us that patience is the key to allowing the other fruit of the Spirit to manifest in our life. Without patience we act inappropriately and hurt others. With patience, Your Spirit can exchange our carnality with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). This enables us to abound in every work that You call us to perform (2 Corinthians 8:7).

 

Your grace of patience also helps to protect us from succumbing to temptations. Rather than wanting everything now, we learn to wait. Instant gratification is no longer a driving force that pushes us to fall into sin – even when we do not want to sin (Romans 7). We praise You for Your intervention in our life, for drawing us into union with Your Trinity, and for Your provision and protection every moment of all of our days on this earth.

 

Thought for the Day:

God helps us to walk in the light of His loving countenance and grace all day long, by sending Jesus to free us from the human penchant to sin; initiating the Law of His Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus to set us free from the Law of Sin and Death, He allows us to live in sweet communion with His Spirit every single moment of every single day. – Psalm 89:15; Romans 8:2

 

Grace in Time of Need

God gives us His grace in every time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Whether our trial is physical, mental, financial, emotional, spiritual or relational, we have God’s grace to help us, because the Trinity abides within us.

 

When we find joy in our circumstances, regardless of their intensity of severity or bliss, we please our Daddy God. He thrills in our trust in Him, and He rejoices over us with singing (2 Corinthians 10:18; Zephaniah 3:17). Our soul delights in God, regardless of the issues we face (2 Corinthians 10:17).

 

Unless we cause them by our own faulty choices, trials come to sift away the scum in our life, like the refiner sifts dross from precious metals. We see more pure gold in our thoughts, actions, emotions and choices, as God’s Spirit removes carnality from us (Job 23:10; 1 Peter 1:7).

 

Trials also strengthen our faith in God’s faithfulness (1 John 5:4-5). He proves His love for us by His divine intervention throughout the circumstances of our life. He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11-12), and gives us inexpressible waves of joy that are full of praises to Him (1 Peter 1:6-9).

 

God’s grace also gives us victory over every temptation. Most temptations are common to everyone; even Jesus had temptations (Hebrews 4:15). God gives us a way to escape every fleshly lure. We simply focus on His provision, rather than our tempting desires (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

Trials teach us patience, which in turn perfects us (James 1:4-8). Patience helps us to feel complete and fulfilled, without the pressure of having to perform, or to force others to perform in our timing and way. It also allows us to continually wait on God without stress and expectations (Hosea 12:6; Psalm 25:5, 27:14, 37:7; James 5:7-8).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for showing us that patience is the key to allowing the other fruit of the Spirit to manifest in our life. Without patience we act inappropriately and hurt others. With patience, Your Spirit can exchange our carnality with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). This enables us to abound in every work that You call us to perform (2 Corinthians 8:7).

 

Your grace of patience also helps to protect us from succumbing to temptations. Rather than wanting everything now, we learn to wait. Instant gratification is no longer a driving force that pushes us to fall into sin – even when we do not want to sin (Romans 7). We praise You for Your intervention in our life, for drawing us into union with Your Trinity, and for Your provision and protection every moment of all of our days on this earth.

 

Thought for the Day:

God helps us to walk in the light of His loving countenance and grace all day long, by sending Jesus to free us from the human penchant to sin; initiating the Law of His Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus to set us free from the Law of Sin and Death, He allows us to live in sweet communion with His Spirit every single moment of every single day. – Psalm 89:15; Romans 8:2

 

Hidden out of Sight

When we embark on our Christian quest, we learn to recognize Jesus in every aspect of our day – positive and negative. When something is hidden, it cannot be seen; it is invisible and under a cover. It is not readily accessible, except to the one who hid it.

 

We are hidden with Christ in God, but He knows exactly where we are. We are not alone, because we are filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible). We are in an intimate union with Jesus by His Spirit.

 

We live in the center of God’s will, led by His Holy Spirit because Christ is our whole life (Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:3-4). Sin is not an option for us, when Christ is pre-eminent in our choices. We have no attraction to unrighteousness, and no desire to grieve God’s Spirit within us (Ephesians 4:30).

 

God calls us to live in such a manner that when people look at us, they see Him rather than us. This occurs when we give God the credit and glory for the deeds He accomplishes in and through us. We run to Him, follow His path for us, and give Him all of the glory for what He accomplishes through our life.

 

The righteousness of Christ consumes us, fills us, and crowds out any ungodly desires or behavior. We are not separate from Christ. We are unified with Him as one being (Galatians 2:20). By following His peace within us, we recognize the will of God, for each moment of our life.

 

This peace rises above all physical, emotional, mental, natural, and human thoughts and reasons (Philippians 4:7-9). We do not trust our heart, because it is unreliable (Jeremiah 17:9-10). Instead, we discern God’s will in our spirit, and this floods our soul with His peace.

 

Prayer:

Father God, You are our all in all – one God of all people, and Lord of all, as You work through all and abide in us all. We start this adventure by inviting You to dwell within our spirit (Ephesians 4:6). Then, before we do or say anything, we want to consult You rather than to depend on our own plans and viewpoint (Proverbs 3:5-8).

 

Thank You for directing our thoughts, words and actions every time that we consult You for Your will for each moment of our life. We trust You with our whole heart to provide for and to protect us in every issue of life. We promise to cease from consulting our human wisdom, and to rely on Your wisdom instead. We love You with every fiber of our being, and we are thankful for all of Your blessings on each moment of our day.

 

Thought for the Day:

When we trust in, rely on and obey God during each moment of our day, He keeps us on track for success, gives us the best of everything, and fills our resources with abundance for every good work that He calls us to allow Christ to preform through us.

– Proverbs 3:5-8; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 2:10

 

 

The Silent Killer

Stress is often called the “silent killer”. It destroys our body, soul and spirit with its relentless, negative bombardment. We control stress by what we eat, drink, think about, and the kind as well as the amount of activities that we introduce into our daily schedule.

 

When we are not enveloped by the peace of God, which has nothing to do with human reasoning or our circumstances (Philippians 4:7), we cannot abide in the rest of God (Hebrews 4:10). Entering His rest is imperative and quite easy (more to come).

 

Anxious situations and thoughts keep us in continual turmoil. Our Father God speaks to this issue in so many places in His Word. He used Paul to remind us not to allow anxiety to permeate our thoughts and activities (Philippians 4:6).

 

Jesus taught us that worry and anxiety cannot change any aspect of our life (Matthew 6:25-26). He taught us that the antidote for the poison of stress is to enter God’s rest by seeking first the Kingdom of God. Then, the Trinity will supply all of our needs (Matthew 6:33).

 

When we focus on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3-4), regardless of the situation going on around us, we allow the peace of God to rule in our heart. Gratitude and forgiveness are two characteristics that help us to access that peace (Colossians 3:15).

 

When we live in mindfulness of the moment, we view God working out everything for our eventual good (Romans 8:28). By finding items for which to show gratitude, we live in constant praise to our Daddy God, and our inner joy grows incrementally.

 

With joy in our heart, we have less of a struggle with negative thoughts, stress and worry. We have faith in our Heavenly Father, because of His faithfulness to us in every area of our life. We live in incomparable peace and joy each moment of the day.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to limit our activities to only those in which You lead us to participate. Help us to put Your will above our own and above the constant needs of everyone around us. Remind us to put all of our concerns in Your heart, through turning them over to You every time we find our mind obsessing about them.

 

Give us the courage to follow Your direction for our life, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel. Remind us to love our self, so that we will have the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual energy to love other as You love them – nonjudgmentally, whole-heartedly and with Your unconditional Agape love.

 

Thought for the Day:

Living in the moment, fully engaged in and abiding in the rest of God, we realize that He has everything in His control, and nothing can harm us, or invade our life without His knowledge; He works out even negative issues for our ultimate good. – Romans 8:28

 

Who is the Holy Ghost?

When we come to Christ, repent of our sins and trust in Jesus as our Savior, the Trinity moves into our Born Again spirit. The Father, Son and Spirit all abide in us, and we do the works that Jesus did, in each community in which we live (John 14:12).

 

God’s Holy Spirit is our comforter, guide, encourager, perfecter, convicter, and sanctifier. He supplies us with everything we ever need to accomplish God’s will during each moment of the day, as long as we consult Him first and not making our own plans (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

The Spirit also fills us with His fruit until we exhibit Christ’s divine nature of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, self-control and faith in exchange for our carnal nature (Galatians 5:22-23). He replaces our carnality with His fruit.

 

We can facilitate this process by focusing on one verse in God’s Word at a time, which pertains to each fruit. I like to write the verses on 3×5 cards and carrying them around with me to reread every chance that I get.

 

The Trinity gives us wisdom when we are puzzled, forgiveness when we fall, humility when we are tempted to take the credit for our successes, and contentment that stems from living with a heavenly mindset rather than as worldly-minded individuals.

 

We already have all of the Holy Spirit abiding in us; however, the more we submit to His guidance, the more the Spirit controls our life, smooths out the rough edges of our day, and gives us supernatural strength to do all that He calls us to do.

 

Sometimes, the trials of life are overwhelming, causing physical, emotional, and mental pain and anguish. Yet, we can rely on God’s Spirit to heal our brokenness (Psalm 147:3), comfort our distresses (2 Corinthians 1:1-11), and make our paths straight (Psalm 27:11).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we are so grateful that You did not leave us alone in this great big, scary world (Hebrews 13:5). We appreciate Christ abiding within us, teaching us, leading us, enlightening us with His Truth, and comforting us through His Spirit dwelling in us. Help us to see that our self-worth and confidence come from our relationship with You.

 

Teach us to pray without ceasing, rejoice in our circumstances regardless of their severity, and give thanks to You for Your provision, safety and blessings throughout our day (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). In spiritual warfare, You guide us in how to overcome Satan’s wiles, and we are so grateful that You are greater than anything he or this world can throw at us (1 John 4:4).

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus is the Word who became flesh in order to pay the debt that we owed for our sinful lifestyle; His Word is truth, and His Spirit enlightens us as we feast on verses of scripture throughout the day. – John 1:14, 14:6