As someone who has struggled with my mental health as long as I can remember I have learned that my feelings are not to be trusted. Truth matters more than feelings and experience. Jesus says he is the way the truth and the life. Therefore we must stand on truth firmly.
How I feel about what the Bible says means nothing compared to what the Bible says and why it says it. God is the one who is allowed to say what is true and absolute and apart from his absolute truth all is meaningless.
I don’t get to pick and choose truth based on my feelings and unfortunately we see a lot of that happeneing with so called christian teachers. Ones who tell you how they feel about scripture instead of what it says. Those who urge you to inject yourself in it and ask yourself what that passage means to you or how it makes you feel.
Our hearts and emotions are not trustworthy. We should not follow them or be led by them. We are to seek truth and let it lead our heart, and feelings.
I can be upset because I don’t feel God or I can rest knowing that he says he will never forsake me. I can wonder if I am good enough to be saved because I feel like I couldn’t possibly be or I can hold true to the fact that God says he did it all.
I can feel like I have to be what the world says or I can be comforted knowing I am to be different and Honor God.
When I feel like the world is falling down around me and I cannot possibly make it through another day I know he is my strength.
If any good thing comes out of my mouth or any help is done by my words it is only by the grace of God because I feel like I am just making things worse when I speak.
Feelings are subject to change and quickly. They make me question truth and cower in fear. Truth emboldens me. It lifts me up and gives me solid footing. Jesus says he is truth so I must trust that he knows what is best regardless of my feelings.
One of the biggest things I have been thinking about is the difference between knowing we are secure in Christ and wondering if I am saved. We are told that we are to repent and believe and those who do so will be saved. I have and continue to repent. I believe that Jesus is God that I am a sinner in need of a savior and that Jesus is the only savior there is. I believe that he lived the perfect life on earth, was tortured and died on a cross as a payment for the sins of the world. I believe that he rose again three days later defeating death and that one day I will die and be raised to be with him in eternity. My feelings cant change that. Because I know truth. It has set me free.
When we feel like there is no hope we know there is always hope in Jesus. That should comfort us and change our feelings as we trust in God for the hope that we don’t yet see.
I pray that y’all get in the word and study. Put your feelings aside and seek truth above all else.