How we feel, drives so much of what we do (or don’t do) and can in some cases, result in how we are viewed and who we become. God created the feelings and emotions we experience and no one should tell you that you’re not entitled to experience a particular feeling.
When those feelings drive what we believe, how we act and who we become however, then we’ve allowed the fox to run the hen-house; we’ve allowed the enemy to claim victory. A prior pastor of mine and great man of God, Dr Chris Stephens would say, “If we are a train, our feelings need to be the caboose, not the engine”. This is so very true but far too often we allow our feelings to serve as the engine of our lives.
Our feelings are often a direct result of our thoughts. It was once said that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”, and this is true. But it’s also true that the mind can simply be a terrible thing!
But it doesn’t have to be this way. In Romans 12:2, Paul tells us that we can be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is what we should all desire; a true and profound renewal of our minds. Ephesians 4:23 says that we can be made new in the attitude of our minds and 1 Corinthians 14:15 says we can pray with our spirits and our minds.
Above I sited Romans 8:6, indicating that our minds can be twisted toward death. But the good news is in the second half of that scripture. There it says that a mind controlled by the Spirit, brings life and peace. I think I’ll take that!
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose Driven Life” said this: “The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, start by changing the way you think.” The emphasis here once again, is on our thoughts, which drive how we feel.
If you’re not feeling how you’d like, let’s remember two things: First, the love and character of God does not change, only we do…and second, let’s take Paul’s very wise advice in Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
Go ahead and do that, right now…Feel better? I know I do