Feelings ... or Truth?
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Feelings are powerful. Our actions are often controlled by them. And yet, many times feelings don't match up with the truth as revealed in the Bible.
Our feelings may tell us that no one cares about us. The Bible says that God does. The truth is that God intends good for us (Genesis 50:20). He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and surrounds us with favor (Psalm 5:12). He listens to our cry for help (Psalm 22:24). He loves us unconditionally (Romans 5:8).
Our feelings may tell us that no one can help us. The Bible says that God is our deliverer (Colossians 1:13). He rides on the heavens to help us (Deuteronomy 33:26). He rescues us (Psalm 18:17). He listens to our cry for help (Psalm 22:24). He is our refuge (Psalm 91:2).
Our feelings may tell us to give up, that there is no hope. The Bible says that God is our hope (Psalm 39:7). That he is our shelter and strength (Psalm 46:1). He will hear our cry and save us (Psalm 34:17). With him all things are possible (Mark 10:27). We are more than conquerors through Jesus (Romans 8:37).
Consider this …
Are you being plagued by feelings of despair or inferiority or loneliness? Search the Bible for truth. The truth of God's love for you. The truth of his plans for you. The truth of his promises to you. And then ask him to help you believe the truth more than your feelings. The truth will set you free.
Father, help me understand and believe the truth of your Word. I thank you that the truth will set me free of doubt, free of fear, free of condemnation. And it will set me free to become all that you have designed me to be. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
- Understanding what depression is and how it affects relationships
- Understanding the relationship between depression and spiritual warfare
- Ways to fight depression with scripture, prayer and mutual support
- Understanding the special prayer needs of depressed persons
- How to pray for healing and what to expect
- Serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then lead them to Christ
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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