Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Facts Not Feelings

Yesterday I was forwarded an email about a certain famous female. Her name is not important, so I won't mention it in this post.

She is recorded saying a few things about God that completely contradict what God's Word says about Him.

It is interesting to me how people like to choose the things from the Bible to believe that they are comfortable with, and then choose to disregard or not believe the things that they are uncomfortable with.

An example she gave was that one day she heard her preacher say that God is all, God is omnipresent, God is love, etc., and she liked that. However, she did not like when he said God was a jealous God. That made her feel uncomfortable. It didn't feel right in her spirit, so she chose to believe something different.

However, Scripture says in Deuteronomy 4:24
"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God."

You can have any opinion or feeling that you want to have, but it does not change what God's Word says or means. If it makes you uncomfortable, chances are God is trying to tell you something regarding that issue in your own life.

I know that this is true for me.

We don't get to pick and choose the things that we like and don't like concerning God's Word.

I will use myself as an example. I have people around me in my life that I do not like. They are not nice to me or my family.

Nevertheless, God's Word says in Matthew 5:44, "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"

This does not always make me feel good to do, but it is what I am supposed to do. It does not come naturally to me to love and pray for people who are never even kind to me, but it is exactly what God's Word says for me to do. Doing this is for my own good and for the good of my relationship with the Lord. Even when it is not what I want to do, it is what the Bible says I should do.

Does this mean that I always pray for my enemies and feel love for them?.....Absolutely not. I am not a perfect person. I am a sinner just like every one else on this earth. But it is what I should do, regardless of my feelings about the subject.

I'll share with you another example about what makes us feel better about things, and why it is not always a good idea for us to pick and choose what we like.

I love M&M's. They are one of my favorite candies. I know they exist. I believe in them. I believe the slogan that says they melt in my mouth and not in my hands. I believe they taste yummy. However, what if I chose not to believe what the package says concerning the calories that are in the M&M's?...What if I just decided that I did not like that information; that it made me feel bad to think that M&M's contain a lot of calories?...I could just disregard the number of calories and eat as many bags of them as my stomach could hold, because I had decided that I did not like that part of the product's description.

The fact is, it really does not matter what my opinion or feeling is concerning the calories, they are in fact real. Physically my body would start to prove to me that they are indeed real as my bottom grew bigger and bigger due to all of the M&M's I had eaten.

It's the same thing that happens to us spiritually. When we choose to ignore or disregard the parts of God's Word that make us feel uncomfortable, we are causing harm to ourselves. The damage starts to show up in our hearts, our speech, and our actions.

Just as others would notice the physical change in my body if I eat too many M&M's; they would also notice the spiritual change in my heart if I started to disregard certain parts of God's Word in my life.

When my brother was a little boy, he did not like getting shots. He hated it even. Shots made him feel uncomfortable. However, my mother still took him to the doctor, and he did in fact have to get his shots.

My mother was not trying to make him feel bad then; she was trying to prevent him from becoming sick later. So she chose to let him be uncomfortable for a little while, so that he could enjoy a lifetime of being protected from unwanted diseases.

It is the same with God's Word in our lives today. What makes us feel bad today obeying God, is for our own good. God does not waste our pain. Ever. Everything that happens in our lives, God uses for our good.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God's Word does not tell us this to make us feel better. His Word tells us this because it is true. It is a fact.

Pain never feels good. Change is always uncomfortable at first. But God's Word says in all things God works for our good. Even the things that make us feel uncomfortable.

Psalms 30:5
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime ; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

If I had made all the decisions concerning my life based upon my different feelings at different times, it is very scary to think what my life could be like today.

This famous person I mentioned said that God is a feeling experience, not a believing experience.

Don't let your feelings about any famous individual's opinion of God become your beliefs.

I challenge you to see for yourself what God's Word says is true, and base your beliefs on facts not feelings.


Sandra said...

EXCELLENT, Baby Girl! I'm so proud of you!!! That hits the nail on the head! :)
Love Mom!

hulagirlatheart said...

Very, very well put. Oh, so true and oh so difficult to admit. I'm frequently amazed at the way folks twist the bible to accomodate their reluctance to do what it says. Great post.

Mama Mia said...

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! He is who He is and cannot be molded into an "O" ; )

Lelia Chealey said...

That is REALLY good! I'm so glad you were obedient to God in posting this.
Amen, Amen Amen sister! :)
Thanks for all of your sweet comments about what's happening in our home. So tough & exciting at the same time. Definitely bittersweet! I feel like crying all of the time, BUT God's in control, not Lelia! Thank Him for that one! ;)
love ya,

Jenny said...

Great post and very true! What we feel doesn't matter, what we do is!

MrsJoeB said...

Amy-this is good-a planting of the Lord for me. This came right at the time that God has been laying something on my heart I need to work at. I don't have to work this today so when I get the kids to school my morning is going to be full of God...seeking this issue of my feelings being God's feelings. Thank you.
In His Graces~Pamela

amy said...

This is love for God: to obey his commands. (1 John 5:3)
We just talked about this in bible study yesterday, our pastor preached about the whole "feelings" issue Sunday, and Joyce Meyer touched on this as well last weekend at her conference, so your post is very timely. Joyce made a great point. She said that we are given the power to do anything God's Word asks us to do (Philippians 4:13)so we have no reason to say "it's just too hard", etc. You have to CHOOSE to do God's Word. You can't wait on the feelings. When you step out and do the right thing, God will honor that and the feelings will follow! I have experienced that for myself time and time again.
Thanks for posting something most people don't want to hear. But it is the Truth!

MrsJoeB said...

Amy-I refected on your post in my blog entry this morning. Thank you for following God's prompting to write His words that has been a part of my spiritual journey this morning.

In His Graces~Pamela

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Oh Amy, I needed to hear this today. We are caught up in feelings and allowing them to control our lives. Truth is completely distinct from emotions. I want to live based on truth, not emotion.

Dianne said...

I want to JUST say Exactly! But I have more to say. I loved your M&M analogy! The fact is that no matter what anyone believes, the time will come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ and that his words are His words. Thank you for this.