This kind of talk is not popular these days, and I know that it may irritate you… so here goes!
OK, it’s not all that bad, but it is a terrible mistake to think that spiritual truth has anything to do with our feelings. There, I’ve said it. Let the hate mail begin…
…but before you start, maybe I should explain what I mean by that shocking statement.
I know that God is real: it is a fact. I know that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, that is also a fact. I know that I have been saved by the shedding of Jesus’s blood on the cross; that is a fact. God loves me, that is also a fact… There are times in my life when I don’t entirely feel that He loves me, and there are also times when I may not feel saved. In those times, my feelings are shear and utter nonsense! You see, that God is really there, that Jesus, His Son died for forgiveness of my sins; these are facts.
In 2002 during the election campaign, Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashille made a speech in which he claimed that home mortgage rates were at their highest level in decades. After the speech, at a press conference, a reporter pointed out to the senator that actually home mortgage rates were at their lowest levels since the 1950’s. Do you know what the senator replied? He said that the rates may really be low, but people feel that they are high. Can you imagine? Mortgage rates are what they are, feelings are irrelevant! The same applies to Truth. Something is or is not true; it doesn’t matter how we feel about it.
Why do I bring this up today? Simple: So many of our brothers and sisters pay too much attention to feelings and forget to hold tightly to the truth of God’s Word! These people are in pain for no valid reason. Are you one of them? Are you often worried about your salvation? Do you feel as though you are not worthy of God’s grace, and so how could you be saved? If you are a Christian, there is no doubt about your salvation… unless you don’t believe that God will keep His covenant promises!
Here’s the next step: As Christians, we are all called to serve our Lord by making disciples. Do you feel that this doesn’t apply to you? If so, you really need to hold on to the truth and recognize that feelings are often the result of the devil’s own lies, for feelings do not determine Truth.
Look, I realize that this is not commonly taught in our emotion-driven culture where movies, TV shows and songs are all about following your heart. We need to remember that these teachings are from the culture around us and not from the Word of God which teaches us to hold on to the truth and serve our God. Why would we be surprised if the culture teaches otherwise? It isn’t as though the culture was Christian.
When our feelings start to get the better of us and pull us down in the dumps, that’s the time to state the facts of what we believe and to remind ourselves what the Truth really is… and watch the devil run for cover!