When was the last time you felt like doing something one minute, but then the next minute you changed your mind?
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get this way when it comes to washing dishes. I want to get them all washed and finished, but then when I actually stand over the sink full of dishes, my feelings change. I no longer feel like getting them finished, because I’d rather be doing something else.
And sometimes this goes beyond daily chores too.
Like you know those times when your feelings convince you that something is true when it is not?
Maybe in the midst of a trial you felt like God had abandoned you and left you alone. Your feelings lied and told you that He wasn’t with you.
Maybe after getting yourself into a deep cycle of sin or betrayal, you felt like God was angry with you and ashamed of what you’d done. Your feelings lied and told you that He wouldn’t forgive you.
Maybe after an exciting accomplishment, you felt proud of what you’d done and ready to take on the next project coming your way. Yet your feelings lied that you could do it all in your own strength.
Maybe after someone broke your trust, you felt like you couldn’t trust anyone ever again so you pushed everyone away. Your feelings lied and told you that you couldn’t trust God either.
Do you see the damage that these lies can do?
When we believe something long enough it becomes truth to us, even if it’s not really truth at all.
At this point you might argue with me saying, “But I can’t control the way I feel sometimes! I try not to feel that way, but I still do.” And I understand.
But let me tell you a little secret.
Your feelings don’t have to control you.
Because when you stop believing the lie those feelings are feeding to you, sooner or later the feelings are gonna leave too.
When you feel like God has abandoned you, remind yourself of this: “God loves me more than I could ever imagine. And nothing in this world can separate me from His love. He will never leave me or forsake me.” Before long you’ll stop feeling abandoned and you’ll start living in the truth of what is real. Feelings aren’t reality. They lie to us to and cause us to believe what isn’t true so that we can no longer see the truth surrounding us.
Next time you feel unloved, lonely, abandoned, guilty, prideful, broken—whatever it is—I want you to stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself. Then I want you to firmly say aloud, “I am a child of God. The truth is that even when I feel alone, I’m not. The truth is that even when I feel like I cannot be forgiven, He has already forgiven me. The truth is that even when I feel like I can do something in my own strength, I know that I can only do all things through Christ who gives me strength. The truth is that when I feel like there is no one I can trust, God will never give me a reason to stop trusting Him. My God is trustworthy and faithful.”
Feelings come and lie to us, deceiving us from what is true, but won’t you please remind yourself of what will never change?
The truth is always going to be the truth, no matter what.
Excellent article, Isabella! I especially appreciate how said to tell yourself God’s truths when your feelings take over. From my own experience, that truly is the ONLY way to defeat feelings. Thanks for sharing! Really, a beautiful read!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Encouraging read! I can truly relate to this. And I don’t know how many times I have been doing dishes or folding laundry and my feelings kick in–and I have an idea for an article or want to check my email. Lol 😀
Haha yes 🙂 Thank you, Moriah!
Oh yes, so true! Thanks for being that example. And so proud of you for getting your article published on here. 💞😍
Aww, thank you so much Hannah! <3
Wonderful article!! So proud of you! ❤️
Thank you, Kay! <3
Super encouraging, Bella! I know I am guilty of having let my feelings control me, but we shouldn’t, because like you said we need to remember that God defines who we are! Love you! <3
Thank you, dear! Love you too! <3
Thank you so much for the encouragement, Isabella! This is a great reminder for all of us!
This is so good! Thank you for this article! Some of what you said reminds me of a poem I’ve read by Martin Luther. Here’s an excerpt.
“Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God –
Naught else is worth believing.”
Amen. We can trust only in our Lord for He is faithful! God bless you!
Thank you! That’s a really great poem!
That quote is amazing and so so so so true! Such a blessing!!!!
Yes, feelings are so fickle; but our God is not! Thanks for sharing this article, Isabella! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
We were just talking about this at women’s Bible study last night! It’s very important that we don’t allow our emotions to control us, but for women, this is pretty difficult :). One thing that I’ve found is that I can’t wait until I feel like it to study God’s Word; I must be diligent to do it whether it is feeding my emotions or not. Like you said, we have to let God’s truth dictate our emotions.
Yes, amen to that! 🙂
Thank you Sara! 🙂
Thank you so much for this post, Isabella. I really needed this right now because I struggle a lot with my anger and this helped me so much! Thank you again!!
I’m so glad, Sara! Praise God!
Amen girl! In a world where everything is based on feelings, it’s no wonder our fickle choices have the tendency to throw our lives off track. God’s Truth is the only thing we can truly stand on! Thank you so much for the encouragement! 🙂
So true! Thank you, Maria! 🙂
I’m always so thankful that God gave us the Bible – truth in plain black and white words, which I can test my feelings against, and ask: are they true?
Yes, very true!
SO. SO. GREAT!!! Wonderful message. Bella!!! Something we all need to hear!!! You are such a light!!!!! Thank you!!!! I”m so proud of you!!
Aw thank you so much, Beth! That means so much! 🙂 <3