Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Feelings and Faith

“How we respond to difficulties will determine whether we are a winner or a whiner. One of Satan’s first temptations when our life appears to be on hold like Joseph is to tempt us to live by feelings instead of faith.”

by ~ Michael Yousse

My feelings say I don't matter.

Faith says, "You are fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14)

My feelings say God doesn't care.

Faith says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness." (Jeremiah 31:3)

My feelings say I can't do it.

Faith says, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible," (Matthew 19:26) and "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)

My feelings say I don't measure up.

Faith says, "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

My feelings say I'm nothing special. God doesn't need me.

Faith says, "I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and not rejected you." (Isaiah 41:9)

My feelings say this doesn't make sense.

Faith says, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Corinthians 1:27)

My feelings say God's forgotten about me.

Faith says, "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Satan works hard to devour us, to make us ineffective, to rob us of the joy and privilege in being who God's created us to be. We must resist him, friends. We must have faith.

We must believe the Truth.
But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

Hebrews 10:38-39

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Debbie said...

Wow, what a wonderful way to respond to those feelings. Scripture is what Jesus used to deal with Satan. What a perfect example to follow.

I love your post Tami.


Karen said...

That was good, I like how you laid that out comparing "my feelings" to what faith says in God's word. Good job!

Jaime Kubik said...

I can't tell you how timely this post is for me. If I had the energy to cry I would have. I will be printing this off to keep as a daily reminder. Those scripture passages were perfect. Thank you for speaking the TRUTH!

Susan said...

Great word Tammy.

I'm don't want to shrink back any more.

Great way to combat our feelings, with the TRUTH!!

Blessings to you my friend!

Betsy Markman said...

What a great collection of uplifting verses! Thanks for the reminder.