I don’t remember where I heard the phrase the first time, probably in a book I read awhile ago or in a sermon I heard during college, but it has stuck with me.
It’s one of those sayings you forget about until the exact moment you need it and then you wonder how it’s possible you don’t think about it everyday. It is both incredibly simple and incredibly profound.
This is my encouragement to you this week: know the difference between your feelings/emotions and the truth.
Said a different way, your feelings are unreliable because as a human you are weak and easily susceptible to lies, but the truth (God’s truth) is the only reliable foundation.
As far as I can remember this saying doesn’t come directly from a verse of the Bible (although if you can think of one, please share it with me because it likely does) but the Bible has plenty to say about the truth of his word. Psalm 119:160 says, “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
As a Christian, do you live as though you believe all his words are true? Do you live as though you are a child of the king, blameless, strong, beautiful, fully known and fully loved, cherished, and precious? Or do you live according to how you feel on a given day–defeated, broken, tired, inadequate, insecure, unworthy?
Because friend, one of those is living out of the truth of your identity and the other is living out of the lies of your emotions and feelings.
As humans we are undeniably weak and easily able to convince ourselves that whatever we are thinking or feeling must be reality. But reality is, God alone is truth. His word is the only reliable way to know who we are.
When we start to think something about ourselves that doesn’t line up with who he says we are in his word, we are relying our our emotions instead of the truth.
This has a practical component outside of our Christian walk as well, it can easily be extended into our earthly relationships. We often get an idea in our head and find our emotions running wild. But until someone demonstrates to the contrary, we need to believe their word and believe the truth before we go relying on something as fickle as our human emotions.
So on this Monday before you head into your week, please take a moment with your heavenly Father and remember this truth: we have been set free.
We’ve been freed from fear and sin, and now we get to soak in the truth of our new identity which is a child of God.
Next time you notice a thought that elicits an emotional response, take a minute and consider whether or not your emotions line up with the truth, because more often than not, they don’t. When you notice this, take the thought captive to Christ and replace that feeling with his truth. (2 Corinthians 10:5).
How have you noticed God in your life this week? What has he been teaching you? Please leave a comment and share your experience, or join the conversation on my Facebook Page.