I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but just because we feel something, doesn’t mean that it’s true. Here’s a practical example. Right now I am all snuggled in my house with a warm cup of tea. I am comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. Every room is bright because the afternoon sun is shining through the windows. I can even hear a bird chirping outside. In fact, it feels a lot like Spring to me. But, one step out the door and I would realize that my feelings have deceived me. It is a blustery 23 degrees outside. Even though I’m not feeling the cold air on my face right now, it is definitely still winter.
Our emotions can be like that. You may feel like no one loves you when in fact there are dozens of people in your life who care deeply for you. Difficult circumstances may cause you to feel like God has abandoned you when His Word promises that he will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). You may even feel like a challenge you are facing is impossible to overcome despite the fact that God’s Word promises that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
The bottom line is, our emotions don’t always reflect God’s Truth.
Here are 10 truths straight from God’s Word. I am praying that God will use them to help expose areas where your feelings have deceived you to the liberating power of Truth.
1. When you are having a really bad day and you are tempted to feel that God is not good.
The Truth: God is Good.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. Psalm 136:2
2. When you feel far from God and you are tempted to feel that He doesn’t love you.
The Truth: God loves you and wants you to have His best.
I am sure that neither death nor life, angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
3. When you feel ugly or fat
The Truth: God created you as a masterpiece.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
4. When you feel rejected
The Truth: God accepts you through Christ.
He chose us in him before the foundation of the world…In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6
5. When you feel anxious about your circumstances
The Truth: God can be trusted.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5
6. When you feel like something has happened to you that will ruin your life forever.
The Truth: God doesn’t make any mistakes.
As for God, his way is perfect. Psalm 18:30
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8
7. When you feel like you can’t handle a problem you’re facing.
The Truth: God’s grace is enough for you.
He said to me, ‘ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
8. When you feel like your sin is too great to be forgiven.
The Truth: The blood of Christ is sufficient to cover all your sin.
If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from sin. 1 John 1:7
9. When you feel like you will never be able to overcome a sinful habit.
The Truth: The cross of Christ is sufficient to conquer your sinful flesh.
Our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would not longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:6-7
10. When you feel like your potential is limited by your past
The Truth: Your past does not have to control your future.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
[ Taken from Lies Young Women Believe, page 204]
What about you? Do you ever find that your emotions are deceptive, especially when it comes to your relationship with Jesus? How can these Truths impact the way you respond to those emotions?