Frightening Feelings - Friday, October 18th 2013
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
Acting on feelings is very dangerous. If you do what you 'feel like' doing, most times you'll get in trouble. Following our feelings can lead to broken relationships, prison, depression and even do far worse. So the question is, "What filter do we use to help us control our thoughts and feelings?" While the world may say, "If it feels right do it," God's Word says that we don't have the ability to know what is "right" without His direction. We need His guidance, through the Bible.
When we process our thoughts and feelings through the Bible's instructions and God's promises, we will be better able to replace the bad or harmful thoughts with those that are good and beneficial. Submitting to God's Word and Spirit allows us to know what is good and right. It gives us hope in something greater than our own understanding and therefore, we walk in light rather than darkness.
Do not take your dark brooding thoughts out and play with them. Do not sit and focus on what's wrong. Don't allow your desires to run away with you. Take your thoughts captive. Do not walk in fear. Fight the good fight. God will give you victory!
Life Lesson: Sometimes thoughts and feelings are great and good and holy; sometimes they are dark and brooding and torturous.
Thank You for the power I have in Christ to overcome bad thoughts and harmful feelings. It is because of Your promises of hope and salvation that I can rejoice no matter what my situation may be. It's with Your power that I can control my emotions rather than my emotions controlling me. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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