Monday, September 24, 2007

please, please (I will beg you), please read

what cracks me up is I was led to read the hall of faith in Hebrews 11 this morning and then bam this was in my inbox! Gotta love how the Lord keeps driving it home with me. :)

from walk in the fave!

Faith Over Feelings

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:1,6

If you’ve been around Walk in the Word a while, you’ve no doubt heard our favorite definition of faith: Faith is believing the Word of God and acting on it no matter how I feel because God promises a good result. This is critical to the Christian life. Faith discounts how we feel and boldly acts upon the Word of God.

I know a woman who wants more than anything to talk-talk-talk to her unbelieving husband about Christ. She’s having a hard time believing that she’s not a big part of his decision to come to Christ. She feels she must say something or he will never change. But faith discounts how we feel and boldly acts upon the Word of God. First Peter 3:1 says, “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.” So she obeys the Word and keeps quiet.

The question for us is, “Will I do what God has asked me to do and trust Him to do the part that only He can do?” That’s a faith issue. We must choose to obey God even when we don’t feel like obeying. Do you ever have those situations when you could talk yourself out of obeying in eight different ways? But unless we want to be like roller-coaster Christians for the rest of our lives, we have to learn to obey even when the emotions aren’t there.

Emotions are wonderful things. In their rightful place, they bring color and fulfillment to our lives. As our servants, emotions can do much good, but when they become our “master” and start dictating our actions, we are headed for disaster. Think of your life as a train. Emotions make a lousy engine but a great caboose. Learning this truth has been a real point of victory for me. When I’m frustrated or anxious, I can choose to have faith no matter how I feel. If I feel like indulging myself, avoiding a problem, or nursing a personal slight, I must choose to ignore how I feel and cultivate faith instead. I must “believe the Word of God and act upon it no matter how I feel.” Why would I deny what comes most naturally to me? Because I choose to believe God instead.


Ang baylis said...

What a great post today! I have to look up First Peter 3:1 to see it for myself! It is no accident or coincidence that I read your blog tonight! Thank you for sharing a good Word! I am so amazed that I can learn so much from you girls who are so much younger than me!

Thank you so much!!!
Angie xoxo

Fran said...

"Emotions make a great caboose." Amen sista!! Faith is tough, but its who we we believe Him through it all??

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.....He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:1,6

I pray your faith is maxed out today. Seek Him with ALL you have! Blessings to you siesta.

pinkmommy said...

Amen girl! Sunday, our pastor spoke about us remembering where we were without Christ and what He did for us. One of His points was we should not have faith in our feelings, we have faith in Christ Jesus. It doesn't matter how we FEEL, we have to trust in the LORD with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge him, and he will make our paths straight.

Thank you so much for that good Word today!

connorcolesmom said...

I am doing the believing God study and it is all about stepping out in faith. We actually just read the Hebrews 11 walk of faith - I love it!
Thanks for the reminder

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post, Jenny. The Lord is speaking to me from so many different sources these days and I love it. This is just what I needed. I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by my boring blog. I'm committing to making it cuter. Have a great day!