Are you ever reminded that much of the time our feelings and our faith don't always match up? I am, and I need to hear and believe what God says. Then, pass those things along.
This weekend I have the blessing of baptizing some precious people at The Community. We have seen lives changes, and each one has an awesome story about who God is and how God works. Each also has some choices to make every day. All of us have choices to make. Believe God or following what your natural feelings say.
Let me give you some of the verses that are pinging my mind this morning:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (nasb) --- Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Saved by God through grace. Changed. Forgiven. Reminded that the new life is lived with and for Christ. Therefore a choice: my way or God's way.
Hebrews 11:6 (nlt) --- And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Faith is one of those mystery things that we have to take God at His word. We learn by letting our minds and hearts hold on to what God says. Take God as truth. Therefore we have a choice: live out my faith or question the way I feel.
1 John 3:20 (nlt) --- Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
That is a huge verse that we need to listen to with all of our faith. Truth is, our feelings just don't match our faith. Therefore a choice: live by faith or by our feelings.
The longer we live by faith our feelings we fall into line, yet often our feelings lie to us. Satan uses our feelings to knock us out of line with our faith. Tough thing is that God doesn't just change our lives or take us right to heaven. We have some choices to make, every day choices. Lets live by faith. Nothing else.
Hebrews 10:38 (nlt) --- And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away
choices to make ....