Feelings or Faith?
Do Both Have Relevance?
Should we follow our feelings or our faith? Which one is stronger? Does one have more relevance than the other? Which one do we tend to pay attention to or follow? Which one SHOULD we follow? or can both work together?
Here’s one perspective...
“I have discovered that no matter how doubtful I feel, I can decide to go forward in faith.
My feelings are not me. I am greater than my feelings, and so are you.
No matter how we feel, we can still choose to do the right thing.
Going against your feelings is not always easy because feelings are frequently very strong, but standing against them until you enjoy freedom is much better than continuing to let them run your life and hold you in bondage.
If you make a decision, don’t allow yourself to become doubtful just because someone else is not doing what you are doing.
What will YOU serve? Faith or feelings?
Pray: ‘Lord, I choose to not live by my feelings today or let them hold me in bondage. I put my faith in You and will serve You with all my heart. Amen.'”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I find this is sometimes easier said than done, depending on just how strong negative feelings are. They can really be crippling at times, and that’s when it seems like depression is lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce. Again, the choice is ours–choosing to NOT allow those feelings to overcome us and seeking God’s help to move forward in faith.
On the other hand, there is validity to our strong feelings, that internal “knowing” when something is right or wrong, whether we call that our intuition, our “gut feelings,” or the still small voice of the Holy Spirit guiding us. At those times, I think there is legitimately a blend and a balance of our feelings and faith.
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Do you struggle to overcome strong, negative feelings?
What are your strategies to not be overcome by them?
Do you agree that at times there’s a blend and balance of our feelings and our faith?