Faith Goes First

I was listening to a speaker who said feelings often get in the way of faith.   I agree.   Taking steps or acting upon feelings alone is never enough.   Let’s face it, some days are just not our best days.  On those days we may not accomplish much simply because we don’t feel like doing anything.   What happens to our purpose on this day?  Do we just push purpose aside?  Absolutely not.  When you have purpose and you know you have purpose, it is easy to move past what we feel and to get things done.

I’ve heard people say “I just had a gut feeling, that something wasn’t right“.   I don’t agree.   You never have a “gut feeling”, your feeling has a basis and it’s not coming from your stomach.   It’s coming from an experience, a belief, or a perception.  So, what do believe and in whom do you believe?  When your basis is truth, you don’t have to be concerned about feelings.  Truth always prevails.   Moving by faith invokes all types of feelings and doubt is one of those.   Why?, you can’t see faith.  When we can’t see where we are going nor see the outcome of our actions, we doubt we are on the right path.

How do we overcome these feelings of uncertainty and hesitation?   With truth.

Let’s start a “truth chain”.    Here a few feelings that I have had and how I have overcome each with truth.

  • Feeling:  I can’t do this.      Truth:  I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
  • Feeling:  I don’t know how to get this done.   Truth: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
  • Feeling:  I am afraid I will____ (Fill in the Blank).   Truth:  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Allow your truth to lead out and faith will always go ahead of feelings.

What do you sometimes feel and what truth helps you to stay grounded?  Please share in the comments below.

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