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January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

"How to Deal with What You Feel"

“To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life in peace.  Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.”  Romans 8: 6, 8 TEV

You can control your emotions or your emotions control you.  It’s your choice and only you can make that choice and follow through with it.

Here are four really important reasons from God’s Word why you need to learn to deal with what you feel:

1.  You need to manage your emotions because they are often unreliable.

Many of us think that when our gut says something it’s the right thing to do.  Your emotions often lead you down a blind alley.  You can’t depend on everything you feel.  Just because you feel something is right or authentic doesn’t necessarily mean it is.

2.  You need to manage your emotions because you can be manipulated.

If you don’t control your emotions they will control you.  You can be manipulated by others then.  Satan’s favorite tool is negative emotions.  He will use fear, resentment and worry to wreak havoc in your life.

3.  You need to learn to manage your emotions if you want to please God.

God cannot rule your life if emotions do.  If you make your decisions based on how you feel, you’ve made your feelings your god.  That replaces God and He can’t be God in your life.

4.  You need to learn to manage your emotions because you want to succeed in life.

Your emotional IQ helps determine your success in life. You probably know people who have ruined their reputation because of something said in anger.

The Bible says to give your heart to Jesus, that includes your emotions.  Jesus wants to be Lord of how you feel, not just what you think or do.  He wants to be Lord of every aspect of your life.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don