Through George Marin’s Pastor’s Office
“If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than on God’s faithfulness, love and mercy, then you are likely to have a terrible, horrible, not good, very bad day. Our feelings are very fleeting and fleeting, aren’t they? We can’t rely on them for five minutes at a time. But dwelling on God’s love, faithfulness and mercy is always safe,” said Elisabeth Elliot.
Some of the greatest challenges we will face each year are not those involving other people or outside influences, but rather ourselves. John Maxwell wrote: “When we are mad we want to conquer the world – when we are wise we want to conquer ourselves.”
The believer’s life should not be ruled by feelings. We walk by faith and not by what we see (human senses). Our feelings are not always the most reliable. They can be like quicksand beneath us. They don’t always provide the most stable base. Therefore, we can learn to submit our feelings/emotions to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to buy tickets to ride life’s emotional roller coaster. We can, with the help of God, godly mentors, and daily disciples, train and discipline ourselves to live by the spirit and not by our own flesh. Will it take work? Oh, yes, that will be fine. But, we are not alone in this journey.
God is good. He gives us his word. It is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. Psalm 119:105. We don’t have to venture down dark paths, for his word is the light that drives out the darkness. John 1:5. His word is established (established) forever in heaven. Psalm 119:89. He upholds all things with the word of his power. Hebrews 1:3. His spirit lives in us as believers. The fruit of his spirit grows in our lives –– love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness and self-control. Galatians 5. We do not have to strive for these abundant fruits. When we live by the spirit, they simply grow and are clearly evident in us. Praise God for that!
My prayer for you today is that you experience and take full advantage of the stability and strength (spiritual, emotional, physical and mental) that develops within us as we focus on all the goodness that God has generously provided for us.
I love you — I’m in your corner!
George Marin is a pastor at Grace Christian Church.