I Think…I Believe…I Feel

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I’ve been wanting to write about a lot of things I’ve seen and heard over the past couple years.  However, this will be short.  Our emotions change on a regular basis.  Since they can change on a moment’s notice, we should not be making decisions, especially those affecting our spiritual lives, based on our feelings. We have a Bible to keep us grounded and guide us in our decision-making and life choices.

I’m amazed by some of the reasons Christians use to justify our actions when we know full well it’s plainly against what God instructed.  If what you want to do is based on what you think God will allow, what you believe based on what part of the Bible you choose to obey or what you feel based on some warm, tingling sensations, then it’s your feelings that need to change and fall in line behind the Scriptures rather than God Who needs to make an exception for you.  One of the reasons we have a Bible is to have a reliable standard we can reference so we don’t have to guess what we should do for any situation.  If the Bible permits something, then it’s permitted.  If the Bible states not to do something, then it’s wrong no matter how famous, pretty or well-meaning we are.  That’s about as plain as it gets, and it goes across the board because God is not a respecter of persons.

Jer 17:9 “9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jer 17:5 “5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”

Prov 3:5-7 “5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

Isa 55:8-9 “8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God is not going to go against His Word and give you a new revelation or special permission to do something He’s instructed billions of others to do in the same situation.  If you are basing your life choices off a great dream you had, a “gut feeling” or someone “prophelying” to you, and it opposes the Bible, guess which one God will use to determine what is correct.

Psalm 119:89 “89For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Psalm 138:2 “2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

2 Tim 3:16-17 “16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”


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I Think…I Believe…I Feel — 2 Comments

  1. Amen to this! Also reminds me of Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way which seemeth right unto a man (emotions or feelings), but the end thereof are the ways of death. Isn’t it sad that many people live their lives by their feelings or emotions rather than the standard of God’s word.

    • That’s a perfect verse! We seem to believe that our situations are so different that we have permission to try to dictate how things should go based on what we know. If only we would recognize God is God and stop trying to take His position…

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